The official residence of Montenegro‘s president, and once the home of the country’s Petrović-Njegoš royal family, it would be rude not to indulge in a cocktail or two whilst in Cetinje, Montenegro’s bustling, picturesque and decadent second capital. With a vivacious range of drinking spots, ranging from upmarket terraces to vintage, brasserie-style bars, the town provides a great setting in which to kick back with a glass of wine in style. So, here’s the best watering holes in Montenegro’s Cetinje.
One of the most popular bars in town, this traditional Scottish tavern aims to recapture the rustic atmosphere of Edinburgh’s best pubs and bars. Situated on a busy street in the town center, and with a small outdoor area and bar perfect for people watching, the pub serves a variety of local and imported beers, wines and of course, a plethora of Scotch whiskies. Welcoming and laid-back, visitors here can cozy into a booth with friends and enjoy a drink and some traditional, hearty pub grub. The menu is a selection of both British and international fare, from calzone to steak and chips, dishes which perfectly complement any pint. With a variety of live acoustic music evenings organized weekly, and a vivacious vibe – particularly on weekends – Cetinje visitors can truly party like the Scots in Scottish Pub Academia.
The street terrace area of this modern bar is a favorite spot amongst locals, providing the perfect place to enjoy the mild Cetinje climate and some city-center people watching. Simple, unpretentious and wonderfully friendly, Gradska Kafana welcomes foreigners with open arms, and gives them a real taste of Cetinje daily life. Serving beers, wines and a variety of classic cocktails, as well as teas and coffees for non-drinkers, this is a family-friendly venue perfect for an afternoon tipple or a bar meal.
During the summertime L’Angolo Caffe is the place to be in Cetinje, hosting live music nights in its outdoor courtyard area that last until the early morning. A stylish venue with a minimalistic monochrome theme, the bar feels very on-trend and contemporary in amongst the town’s more dated venues. Chic and relaxed on the inside yet buzzing on the outside, customers can choose their preferred setting and happily float between the two. The bar is ideally situated right next to the Park 13 July, and has a full spirit bar and cocktail menu, with staff willing to mix up their recipes based on each guest’s preference.
A bar and restaurant situated just outside of central Cetinje, Poslednja Luka has the feel of a countryside retreat. Situated on the Rijeka Crnojevica, this venue enjoys a perfect location looking out over the waterfront and the surrounding mountain greenery. Nature lovers should sit on the terrace area to fully embrace the stunning surroundings, and with a refined selection of wine on offer, guests can relax with a well-chosen tipple. Little-known by tourists, the restaurant menu offers a variety of traditional classics at affordable prices, and the quality of the products is unparalleled.
This trendy jazz bar is famed for its colorful cocktails mixed up in electric cocktail shakers at the front of the bar. On certain nights attracting a young student crowd, and on others drawing local musicians who choose Casablanca as their preferred watering hole, the bar is truly versatile and welcomes all drinkers. A live music venue in the early evenings, showcasing local jazz acts ranging from saxophonists to guitar ensembles, Caffe Bar Casablanca transforms into a more club-like venue as the evening progresses.
This cool, alternative bar features a distinctive interior that is strewn with old newspapers and attracts a young crowd. With cheap deals on cocktails, and regular DJ nights at the weekend, Caffe Bar Iris is the place to go to party in Cetinje. Playing music from deep house to disco, revellers are likely to have a vibrant night here, and the dancefloor is always packed with enthusiastic locals. Although the city lacks any large nightclubs, here drinkers can enjoy a club-like atmosphere, just without the extortionate entrance fees. Those who don’t want to brave the bar queue can always rely on the shot sellers, who wander around the bar making sure the party atmosphere is maintained well into the night.
With its plush booths, polished oak furniture and low lighting, Caffe Bar Gaeta has a real vintage pub feel. Traditional and indisputably welcoming, the bar invites local guitarists to play on weekends and on some week nights, with musicians specializing in rock, pop and folk music. A drink and dance venue with a difference, the pub’s regulars argue that this establishment is the best in town, and indeed, the bar is extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Easygoing and with a charming brasserie-style feel, Caffe Bar Gaeta is a must-visit in the heart of the city.
Atmospheric and homely, Vinoteka’s exterior is chic and simple. A small venue with a modest, pretty garden that guests may easily miss, the restaurant and bar remains one of Cetinje’s best-kept secrets. Inside, the restaurant area is a display of opulent tapestries, classical paintings and rustic wooden furniture, a sublime setting complemented by a menu of delicious fish, meat and soup dishes. Head downstairs to the hidden bar area, where wine bottles line the walls and customers can enjoy the old tavern-type ambience. This restaurant is popular amongst families and wine lovers wishing to escape the loud music of the town’s larger clubs and bars.