Who doesn’t like sitting down in a new destination with a cold beer or a glass of wine after a day of sightseeing? Sampling the local brews and people-watching in a relaxing environment are the highlights of many travel experiences. Tuzla gets few tourists, so heading to one of the bars provides a local and more authentic Bosnian experience. Here are some of the best bars in Tuzla to check out on your trip.
St. James Irish Pub
Pub, Irish, $$$
Every city has a token Irish Pub, and Tuzla has one, too
. The interior Irish-style décor makes drinkers feel as though they’re somehow in Ireland. Several types of beer on tap and a good selection of pub food are available to visitors. Music plays in the background, and the crowds often consist of Bosnians of all ages from all walks of life. Live bands play on most weekends. If you want to visit, it takes a 10-minute walk from Tuzla’s old town.
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
has draft beer, bottled beer, wine and cocktails, with views overlooking City Park. Locals often come here after work for a quick beer or a meal, which includes traditional Bosnian food
, snacks and pizza. One of the highlights of this bar is the live music on weekends. Expect the pub to be crowded and to have one of the best nights out here in Tuzla. Locals often come to watch live football, such as the English Premier League or La Liga, on weekends.
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
If you’re looking for a loud bar with regular bands playing, check out Nardi Pub
near Tuzla’s historic centre. The pub has two floors with the lower one hosting live music and a large dance floor. Local 20-somethings come to unwind and enjoy a beer or two, especially on weekends. Many can speak at least a little bit of English. Don’t be surprised if they’re curious since hardly any foreigners visit. Food is also available, which comes in large portions served by friendly and smiling staff – something you shouldn’t take for granted in the Balkans.
Caffe Bar Queen
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Locals often visit Caffe Bar Queen
at the heart of the city in the evenings to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and catch up with friends. Music blasts from speakers on most evenings and regular party nights take place with discounted drinks. Young adults make up most of the crowd, and it’s easy to strike up a conversation. Head down to this bar if you’re looking for a more active night out in Tuzla.
Old Story Pub
Pub, Italian, French, $$$
The Old Story Pub
is an ideal place in Tuzla for a few drinks, a meal, or both. Families often come during the evenings to eat their freshly baked dishes such as bread, beans, along with a selection of grilled meats and pizza. Diners or drinkers have the choice between a variety of both bottled and draft beers, and regional and international wine. Live music attracts a younger crowd on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
Café Bar Sloboda
Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub, $$$
, translated to ‘freedom or liberty’ in English, is a vibrant bar in Tuzla’s old town. Locals drink coffee in the morning and beer, wine and cocktails in the evening while enjoying views from the garden. Modern and Bosnian music
, including hip-hop and dance, play in the background of this hipster-like bar.