How it works:
- This is a common problem in several European countries (e.g. Hungary, Poland, Turkey). That said, it is not as common in Slovakia though there are some rouge bars/nightclubs to avoid.
- You may be approached by touts along the streets claiming a drinks promotion that sounds too good to be true. Should you take the bait, a few things can happen. You may be served drinks which you did not order and are not applicable for the promotion, received spiked drinks, have girls join you who order drinks on your tab, etc.
- At the end of the night, you will end up with a bill anywhere from 5-10x of what you thought it will be. If you refuse, burly men will force you to make payment by cash or card.
Places to beware:
- Bratislava: Cats Night Club Cabaret
What to do:
- Avoid: heading to a suggested bar together with a random stranger.
- If not, consider:does the bar seem legitimate? Are there customers? Is the stranger evasive about things?Is he/she only bringing you to a particular restaurant or bar?
- If scammed: threaten to call the police, pay with a credit card but call immediately to dispute the charges. Keep a separate bank account with little cash to limit your losses if threatened.