If you are staying in Sofia and thinking of scouring the city for adult entertainment then don’t go anywhere until you’ve read this guide.
We take a look at the kinds of venues in Sofia where sexy services are for sale.
You can also find out more about sex in Bulgaria by reading our online guide.
- 1 Prostitution in Sofia
- 2 Sofia Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in Sofia
Sofia is a big city and home to 1.7 million Bulgarians. A popular tourist destination, the capital and largest city in Bulgaria, Sofia offers a lot of diverting activities. From the local ski resort at Vitosha mountain to the numerous bars, clubs and restaurants, museums, galleries and monuments there is plenty to do. Culturally, Sofia is only a few decades out of its communist period but, though there is still evidence of this in some of the architecture, there is little to suggest the culture isn’t as westernised as its neighbours.
Bordered by Turkey and Greece to the South, Romania to the North and Serbia to the west, Bulgaria sits on the Black Sea and takes its influences from both the Middle East as well as the West. An historic city, Sofia has a rich cultural heritage that sparks Romanticism in many visitors. However, it is eroticism that the city has come to evoke when tourists start to explore the real nightlife.
Prostitution in Sofia
Prostitution in Bulgaria isn’t illegal but the legislation covering it is quite grey. Running brothels, pimping and generally earning money from the sex work of others are all prohibited but do still happen.
It is estimated that there are around 20,000 women working as prostitutes in the country with at least 8,000 of these providing services in and around the Sofia region.
Some find work as escorts whist others double up as dancers and performers in the city’s clubs and bars.
Rates for a hooker vary and can be as low as €10-€15 from the streets up to €100 for an escort (whilst elite models may charge more).
Sofia Escorts Guide
A handful of escort directories serve the Sofia market, although we cannot link to them due to the aforementioned legal grey area.
Sex in Sofia
Most of the big brothels have recently closed down and the hope is that they will be replaced but you can still find in-calls available at various clubs in Sofia. Not your traditional variety of walk-in brothel where you can choose a girl from a line-up and retire to a private room, they are run as clubs where you engage the services of an independent girl for ‘massage’ or a private dance.
There are also several private brothels where independent prostitutes entertain clients in rented rooms but details of these change all the time.
Here are some clubs with a distinctly adult vibe…
Vitosha Blvd 4, Sofia
Established in 1997, Club Fetish is a strip club in the heart of the city just a few minutes’ walk from the National Theatre.
The club specialises in kinky shows and has a range of performances including uniform, military and latex themes. The main stage features around 20 girls every night and there are a couple of dozen women who work the venue for business. The S&M and lesbian shows are pretty steamy and should help get you in the right mood.
There is a jacuzzi on site and most of the girls also offer massage services.
Club Fetish is open daily from 9.00pm to 4.00am.
Okolovrasten Pat 721, 1343 Sofia
Entrance to the club is free and it has a capacity for 100 guests. As well as a large dancefloor, bar and lounge area Simona runs non-stop strip entertainment.
The club opens at 10.30pm and closes at 4.00am, Tuesday to Saturday.
Pencho Slaveykov Blvd. 12 a, Sofia
Another venue that principally operates as a strip club, Velvet has several large stages with around 30 women on hand to entertain. In addition to choreographed stage shows including a steamy lesbian piece, you can also get lap dances, private strip tease and table dances.
Entry to the club is just 5 LVL (€7) with private companionship offered for 150 LVL (€205).
Velvet is open from 10.00pm to 5.00am seven days a week.
Swinging in Bulgaria isn’t as popular as in some other European nations but there are some groups that run regular events in Sofia.
The Sofia Secret Swingers group has parties around the city and you can contact them on Facebook for details of their next events.
Erotic Massage Parlours
There are a few massage parlours including Thai and Asian salons in Sofia but not all provide erotic massage. If you specifically want a massage with a rub and tug (or more) then you may wish to book an escort.
31 Cherny Vrah Blvd., 1421 g.k. Lozenets, Sofia
The erotic bar has professionally choreographed shows that provide some of Sofia’s best adult entertainment. There are about twenty performers giving a range of acrobatic shows including a popular vibrator piece.
It’s not a huge place and the décor is a little odd, in parts evoking Egyptian themes but combined with a neon lit modern interior, but the place has reasonable reviews.
A range of girls can also be booked for companion services.
The Erotic Bar is open every day from 10.00pm until the early hours.
19 Karnigradska Str, Sofia
Men’s Paradise is a new bar in Sofia where you can enjoy topless entertainment. The place has a retro feel to it with black lights, neon tubes and seventies disco floor stage.
There are no sexual services offered at Men’s Paradise but it has been known for girls to do more than just dance in a private session.
The club is open seven days a week from 10.30pm to 5.00am (7.00am on Friday and Saturday).
Bar Kama Sutra
bul. Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov 19, 1000 Sofia
Bar Kama Sutra couldn’t do any more to advertise itself as an erotic club. The place is stuffed with half naked ladies and decorated with figures in bedroom positions you can only find on the dark side of the web.
The club runs some promotions which are available online including an all-inclusive ticket which entitles you to free drinks and a free lap dance.
Without any coupons, entry is 5 LVL (€7) and lap dances start at 20 LVL (€28) with private encounters costing 120-150 LVL (€165-€205).
Bar Kama Sutra is open daily from 10.00pm to 5.00am.
Peep Show Bar 1 & 2
“Lavov Most” Square №7 and Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 33, Sofia
Two small bars in Sofia where you can get a drink and watch one of several shows performed live in front of you. From the comfort of your cabin the acts include lesbian, vibrator and shower shows.
The bars are open from 11.00pm to 5.00am, Monday to Saturday.
There is no official red light area in Sofia but most of the city’s sex venues are located around the Vitocha Boulevard though you won’t find street prostitutes here.
Many of the women on the streets are Romani and charge less than €20 for a full service.
Various locations in Sofia
Sexwell is Bulgaria’s biggest chain sex store and as well as selling a huge range of products online has several shops in Sofia, namely:
- 47 Cherni Vrah Boulevard – Open 8.30am to 5.00pm
- 39 Parchevich Street – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
- Shipchenski Prohod 5 Ship – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
- 2 Alabin Street – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
- Gurko 19, Sofia 1000 – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
- 71 GS Rakovski Street – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
- 224 Slivnitsa Boulevard – Open 10.00am to 10.00pm
Sexwell sells a good range of lingerie, costumes and bedroom toys in addition to the latest in adult movies, magazines and novelty goods.
Prices are good and, judging by the reviews, the shops tend to be staffed by welcoming and knowledgeable people.
Flamingo Sex Shop
“Tsar Simeon” 200, 1303 Sofia
Flamingo’s has a great range of sex toys and includes novelty items as well as some specialist items. You can also find DVDs, books and magazines.
Flamingo has a good online presence and also runs some other sex shops in Bulgaria.
The Sofia shop is open from 10.00am to 10.00pm every day.
Best of the Rest
There are quite a few places to pick up your bedroom items and most of these are open daily until late.
- Sex Toys, 8, Pirotska Street, Sofia
- Amazonka, 20A Akademik Boris Stefanov Street, Sofia 1700
- Cupidon, “Hristo Botev” 37, 1606 Sofia
- Sex Erotika, 52 Vorino Street, Sofia 1680
- Sexsale, bl. 226 ground floor, 2 Druzhba, Sofia 1582
Featured image via Flickr.