This trendy cocktail bar truly lives up to its name; from mojitos to cosmopolitans and everything inbetween it serves some of the freshest cocktails in town, all made by experienced bartenders. Their impressive range of spirits, mixers and flavored syrups make for a substantial drinks list where guests can either sample the classics, or branch out on a mix never tasted before. Drawing in a young crowd, the colorful interior of Mojito makes it a fun urban venue in which to enjoy an evening tipple, offering a happy hour with lowered drinks prices every evening from 8-9pm. At the weekend, revellers flock in to enjoy a well-prepared drink with friends before heading out to one of the larger bars or clubs in the city.
Mojito Cocktail Bar, 6 Bokeška, Podgorica, Montenegro. +382 69 222 579
This unique bar in central Podgorica is a hub for students, tourists and locals alike. Exuding a diverse and eclectic atmosphere, Buda Bar is a memorable must-visit whilst in town. Its grand chandeliers and mismatched furniture give the place an eccentric edge, yet with the professionally mixed cocktails and tented outdoor terrace the venue remains an upmarket and stylish establishment in which to grab a drink. The quaint mezzanine over the main bar area is an excellent spot for relaxing, people-watching, and enjoying the warm, welcoming atmosphere of this busy city center bar. With pop music being played until the early hours as well as an eternally packed dance floor, drinkers at Buda Bar can come in the early evening and stay all night.
Buda Bar, 26 Bulevar Stanka Dragojevića, Podgorica, Montenegro. +382 67 410 777
This charming bar and café is a cosy and unassuming destination in which to enjoy a casual drink and soak up a rustic, homely feel. With its bright yellow exterior Blues Bar is hard is hard to miss, and upon entering drinkers are instantly welcomed by its unpretentious interior, featuring cozy booths facing the bar, and an assortment of artwork, musical instruments and relics adorning the walls. A popular watering hole amongst locals, drinkers at Blues Bar can rest assured that their drinking experience here will be laid-back, relaxed and undeniably enjoyable. For those looking to grab a bite to eat with their drink, Blues Bar doubles as a restaurant, serving comforting Mexican inspired cuisine in an informal dining environment. Excellent barista-made coffees and a variety of draft and bottled beers, wines, spirits and whiskeys are also available here.
Culture Club Tarantino
A decidedly unconventional venue exemplifying Podgorica’s unique nightlife is Culture Club Tarantino, a trendy, alternative bar in the center of town. Here drinkers can marvel at the striking decor, which includes a recreated London telephone box, exposed brick walls, distressed wallpaper and a bar which is designed to appear luminously blue. Doubling as both a bar and coffee shop, guests here can revive themselves during the day with a barista-made latte, or soak up the thriving Podgorica night scene by listening to new and upcoming musicians, the music of whom The Culture Club Tarantino strives to support and promote. Original and oozing with its own idiosyncratic style, this bar is unlike any other in Montenegro.
Culture Club Tarantino, 6 Bokeška, Podgorica, Montenegro. +382 67 333 808
Situated just outside of Podgorica center, this boutique hotel is not only a chic and comfortable place to stay whilst visiting Montenegro; it also includes a thriving restaurant, bar and club, a venue which has made a name for itself throughout the area. Set in a charming building surrounded by greenery, the hotel is warm and inviting, with the opulent interior decor instilling the establishment with grandeur. The hotel restaurant is a culinary extravaganza aiming to combine traditional Montenegrin cuisine with the international tastes of their guests, and thus creates a diverse range of dishes with Montenegrin, Serbian, German and Italian influences. Open every weekend, the hotel’s bar and nightclub offers a glamorous night of partying, starting off the evening with performances from local pop and folk bands and ending with the resident DJ playing dance anthems all night long. Serving a hand-picked selection of beverages, drinkers can’t go wrong at Imanje Knjaz.
Imanje Knjaz, Mareza bb, Podgorica, Montenegro. +38267 765 800, 020 281
Bibliothèque is a popular bar boasting an outdoor seating area always bustling with people, especially on the weekends. The bar’s urban location and metropolitan feel make it a compelling venue in which to enjoy life in Montenegro’s capital city, to sit and sample a selection of both local and international wines and beers, as well as a regularly changing cocktail list. For book lovers, the literature-themed interior which gives Bibliothèque its name features a number of Montenegrin quotes scrawled on the walls, and books everywhere; on shelves, behind the bar, painted on the walls, everywhere. With live acoustic nights presenting local artists several days a week, this is also a great venue in which to see talented bands perform.
By day an upscale restaurant serving French and Italian inspired cuisine, and by night a sleek lounge spot, Gossip makes the transition from restaurant to bar seem easy. Serving a range of high-end wines and beers whilst maintaining its affordability, this café bar draws in a professional crowd who come to enjoy the light and tasty pasta and pizza dishes before dancing the rest of the night away. Perfectly emulating the lounge-bar feel, Gossip is a smart yet unpretentious venue serving all forms of drinks, from spirits to tasty, refreshing cocktails.
Attracting an artsy crowd of students, actors and writers, Caffe Berlin is a beacon for the creative community in Podgorica, and remains an on-point and fashionable venue in the center of town. Whilst the graffitied walls and torn posters don’t exactly scream sophistication, the distinctly bohemian environment makes for an interesting night out with a grungy edge, and means drinkers don’t have to dress up to enjoy a lively night of dancing. A bar and nightclub, drinkers can enjoy a cold beer, cider or spirit, whilst listening to live music of a variety of genres, or can socialise with the wealth of international patrons who regularly frequent this cool venue.
Tucked away down a quaint side street in the city center, Haustor Caffe is only accessible to those who know exactly where to look, and is thus a hub for locals wishing to escape the bright lights of Podgorica’s main streets. The assorted memorabilia on the walls, including old bikes, ornaments and assorted country flags, gives the place a quirky, jumble-sale vibe which makes this offbeat cafe-bar like no other. Decidedly more relaxed than the rest of the city’s bustling nightlife, drinkers at Haustor can sip an easygoing drink or coffee whilst playing a game of pool or darts with friends, and can leisurely enjoy this creative and original venue.
Forest Lounge and Wine Bar
This sleek and stylish restaurant and bar is an upmarket venue in which wine lovers can enjoy one of the best selection of vintages in the city. With a whole wall of the restaurant being dedicated to displaying their substantial collection, from Montenegrin Vranacs to international chardonnays and pinot-grigios, Forest Lounge and Wine Bar has it all, and the staff are finely trained to select the perfect choice for each individual customer’s needs. Intimate, contemporary and elegant, guests are welcome to enjoy a delicious Italian inspired meal or simply enjoy the comfortable setting, accompanied with a glass of hand-selected fine wine, an impeccably presented cocktail, or a bottle of local or foreign beer.