The Best Bars in Tirana, Albania

Tirana in the evening
Tirana in the evening | © Websi / Pixabay
Francesca Masotti

If you are planning to visit Tirana, you should include one or more of its beautiful bars in your itinerary. The town has plenty of cool spots where you can enjoy a beer, a coffee, or traditional raki, the typical grappa liquor of the Balkans. Read our list of the top bars in the Albanian capital.

1. Lincoln Garden

Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, European, Coffee, Vegetarian

Lincoln Garden is just amazing: it is a coffee shop/bar located in the garden of the house of the former Communist dictator, Enver Hoxha. This place is perfect during spring or summer days, when you can sit at the tables outside and sip your coffee surrounded by nature; it really feels like being in a park. A plus here is a yard where children can play while their parents have a drink. Lincoln Garden also organizes movie nights, and the entrance for those evenings is free.

2. Hemingway Bar

Bar, Nightclub, European, Caribbean, Wine, Beer, Pub Grub

Just few steps far from the National Museum of Tirana, there is Hemingway, one of the coolest bars in town. It has a friendly atmosphere and a large selection of rums (over 100 types) and other kind of liquors, such as the typical raki. The location is excellent with its old-fashioned design of the ‘70s-‘80s and a touch of bohemian décor. If you are a jazz-enthusiast, Hemingway is the right place for you: the bands here are always playing jazz.

3. Radio Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Pub Grub, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

A favorite café of the locals in Tirana is Radio Bar: this spot is definitely worth a visit, not only for its excellent cocktails and traditional drinks, but also for its cool atmosphere that combines a collection of old décor, such as outdated radios, furniture, tables, chairs, and good music. The place is decorated with old photos and movie posters that line the walls, so don’t forget to bring your camera with you to take gorgeous pics.

4. Colonial Cocktails Academy Tirana

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Central American, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

If you are looking for a place to taste excellent cocktails, head to Colonial Cocktails Academy Tirana: the staff will help you to choose one of their many custom-made drinks based on a series of questions about your tastes and passions. We strongly recommend that you order one of their frozen drinks, perfect during the hot summer nights in Tirana.

5. Nouvelle Vague

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Located in Blloku, the liveliest area of Tirana, Nouvelle Vague is one of those places to visit to find a great atmosphere, excellent cocktails, interesting music, and cool people. It is one of the favorite places for the young crowds, and once here it’s not difficult to understand why: Nouvelle Vague is the most colorful and lively spot in Tirana.

6. City Art

Bar, Restaurant, European, Wine, Beer

Hidden behind the Pyramid of Tirana, the majestic monument dedicated to the former dictator Enver Hoxha, City Art is a nice place to spend the evening. Why? It has excellent beers, fabulous finger food, and a trendy atmosphere. Do you need anything else?

7. Capriccio

Bar, Cafe, European, Pub Grub, Coffee, Wine, Beer

Another bar not-to-miss in Tirana is Capriccio, a brewery-style bar, which is one of the oldest spots in town, opened twenty years ago. We strongly suggest you come here for happy hour to taste some delicious food and enjoy a beer in good company.

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