I find that when Foreigners and expats arrive in Sofia, the first place that they end up at is the ubiquitous Irish pub. I know that when I was looking to watch NFL games and to meet up with other English speaker after I first arrived in Sofia, I was told the best place to go was JJ Murphy’s. It was the hang out for the international crowd. Since living in Bulgaria, I have found that most towns have their own incarnations of a pub… My trip to Blagoevgrad introduced me to Old Dublin, located in the center of town close to the American University.
The interior was the pub decor that one usually finds, dark, woody with an imposing bar domination the room. There were plenty of tables for getting a full meal. The vast menu offer traditional Bulgaria fare, as well as the Bulgarian interpretation on pub grub… burgers, wraps, etc…
I myself ordered what was called “Tortilla”, which was like a burrito and wrap simulatneously. I was being a bit brazen with my meal selection, so I will give them credit for their attempt at bringing bar food to Blagoevgrad.
They have a decent selection of beers, both bottled and draft, but do avoid draft beer outside of summer. Bulgarians in general don’t drink beer during the colder months, so you are most likely going to find less than fresh offerings as the turnaround is slower.