Savamala is one of the main neighborhoods of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. These are its top 10 bars, equally perfect to discover the taste of a Serbian rakija or to enjoy exclusive cocktails while dancing with friends.
A real novelty in Belgrade’s barscape, Tranzit combines a modern design, featuring minimal tables and industrial lamps, with the charming feeling of the old town and a beautiful view of the river Sava. During the daytime the bar/restaurant will tempt guests with international delicacies, like really tasty flammkuchen and samosas but it’s in the evening this place reveals its true essence. Serving colorful cocktails, high-quality beers, wines and spirits, Tranzit is an excellent bar/club where visitors can enjoy their drinks in a beautiful garden, while DJs play exciting music. This place is warmly recommended for young travelers and anyone who fancies a night out with friends.
Tranzit Bar, Brace Krsmanovica 8, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 65 87 26 948
Ben Akiba is absolutely impressive. Situated in the cultural hub of Savski Venac district, offering a wonderful view of the river, this place is probably Belgrade’s best comedy bar. With its warm interiors featuring peculiar red and yellow lampshades, it also presents a flower-decorated garden that’s ideal for springs and summer nights. Here, guests will see performances by some of the greatest stand-up comedians in town, or enjoy live music while savoring one (or more) of the house’s exclusive cocktails. Whether you’re up for a pleasurable night with friends or want to see something else than historical sites, Ben Akiba will mesmerize you with a different perspective on Serbian cultural life. It will reveal a vibrant underground environment exploding with colors, fun and energy.
Ben Akiba, Despotovačka Street 3a 1 Deo, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 32 37 775
Concert Hall, Theater
Within the vicinity of Ben Akiba, in Savski Venac, stands a number of famous cultural clubs. Among them, Mikser House is a place you shouldn’t pass by. This multifunctional venue is a former factory building converted into a center for education and artistic events, commercial activities and a noteworthy gastro-club. Besides offering full bar service, including excellent snacks and coffees garnished with details such as organic sugar and honey, the Mikser House bar stands out for its fine selections of Serbian wines and spirits. It’s a good place for creative people and art lovers and a great chance to enjoy drinks in an experimental environment while exhibitions, performances and live music happen all around you. Or, if you’re not really into contemporary art, this place is nonetheless excellent for chilling and chatting, while a friendly and enthusiastic staff will serve you some true Serbian products.
Mikser House, Karadjordjeva 46, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 26 26 068
Toro Latin Gastrobar
Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
Toro Latin Gastrobar
Toro Latin Gastrobar is one of the most remarkable bar/restaurants enriching the riverside lane of Beton Hala (Concrete Hall). Taking up two levels of a fairly wide area, Toro’s interiors present an interesting mix of different features, with a taste for plastic chairs, monochrome tables, comfortable sofas and elegant chandeliers. Its menu, designed by Richard Sandoval, ranges from Serbian appetizers to vegetarian recipes, in the line of Latin American concept of “small dish” or “dish to share.” It also offers a selection of signature cocktails, either alcoholic or soft, including refreshing mint mojitos and colorful fruit juices. Besides its high quality food and drink, this place is all about the friendly, lively feelings it evokes. The open kitchen and the spatial intercommunication between guests and chefs contribute a lot to this. Last but not least, don’t underestimate the beautiful view of the river Sava.
Toro Latin Gastrobar, Karadjordjeva 4, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 30 34 342
Nights Nargila Cafe
1001 Nights Nargila Cafe
1001 Nights, which has been ranked among Belgrade’s best hookah bars by Serbia4youth, will bring a distinctive hint of exoticism to your afternoons or evenings out. The space is small and comfortable, decorated with oriental features and lamps. There are no chairs, only couches where you can sit back and enjoy one of the 18 types of teas on the list, or go for a delicious Arabian or Turkish coffee served in a typical fildzan. Guests will be able to choose between dozens of different kinds of shishas, including the classic fruity flavors and more unusual ones. The place, which stands just off the Mathematics High School, is ideal for those who have a passion for eastern culture and customs, and its warm environment and helpful staff will leave everyone extremely satisfied.
1001 Nights Nargila Cafe, Kraljice Nataljie 39, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 63 84 84 996
If you’re into contemporary jazz, note this place down. Eclectic features, irregularly designed interiors, a friendly atmosphere and lots of creative vibes: Jazz Basta is all this, plus a marvelous court garden with flowers and succulent plants where gigs take place during the summer. Within this vibrant environment, visitors may indulge in an aperitif while virtuosos improvise on stage, ranging from traditional standards to blues and soft rock pieces. The finger food is delicious, perfect for accompanying Jazz Basta’s yummy cocktails and relaxing with friends. If you drop in for a concert, be aware that this place can get very crowded easily. But if you truly love jazz you know that’s part of the feeling.
Jazz Basta, 1 Male Stepenice, Belgrade, Serbia. +381
At the center of the famous Karadjordjeva street, by the Sava riverside, visitors will find one of the most hip places in town. Mladost is a suggestive disco bar that calls upon a diverse range of guests, from tourists wishing for a great signature cocktail to locals out for some pre-club relaxation. Here you’ll find a charming contrast of style; while its exteriors mesmerize visitors with traditional architectural lines, its interiors are absolutely modern, fashionable and neat. Besides a ground-floor bar that’s ideal for enjoy acocktail in the early evening, the club stands out for its basement space where you could either chill or dance to some excellent disco or soft-core electronic music. Plus, Mladost is connected to Ludost night-club, its older brother under the same management, which has been ranked among the best funk-jazz-electro dance floor in town. If you’re young and fancy some great fun, why don’t you try both?
Mladost, 44 Karadjordjeva, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 30 76 112
Boutique Cafe & Restaurant
Cafe, Restaurant, European
Boutique Cafe & Restaurant
A refreshing, lively cafe in the very core of Savamala. Boutique is an extremely nice place where brightness and delicacy meet with colorful chairs, small polished tables and ample windows. It’s perfect for breakfasts and brunches and equally suitable for afternoon hot teas or delicious fruit smoothies in the warm season. Here you’ll be choosing between a great variety of coffees and soft drinks to match with some real delicacies. The menu features high-quality burgers, like Boutique signature burger, pastas and homemade deli food, including pork ribs, chips and light sandwiches. Besides the quality of the food, drinks and service, this place is particularly recommended for its beautiful view of the central Republic Square, a few minutes away from the university area. The staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is positive and vibrant.
Boutique Cafe & Restaurant, 3 Tgr Republike, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 26 21 373
Hotel Cafe Movska
A real gem of Belgrade’s architecture, built in the early 20th-century style, the luxurious Hotel Movska hosts a lovely cafe you should not pass by. The interior is classy and refined, a hallmark of Serbian high culture with elegant chandeliers and golden curtains. Next to the noticeable quality of the drinks, an extensive selection of teas and herbal infusions, this place serves some of the best Serbian cakes in the country. This is thanks to the unrivaled expertise of the pastry chefs. Guests will be delighted with the rich taste of a Vasa’s Torte, with chocolate, nuts and orange flavor, or they may opt for the multi-layered original Moskva šnit, the speciality of the house. In the evening, you might also consider a pint of local beer. Curiously, the cafe list also features a selection of fine cigars.
Café Hotel Movska, 20 Terazije, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 26 86255
Three Carrots Pub
A smokey old-style pub with extravagant interiors and casual features with a 1980s feeling. In the crowded lively atmosphere of the Three Carrots, guests will have a glimpse of Belgrade’s real life: people of all ages watching football on a big screen, exuberant folks talking loud, and young men and women enjoying beers or unusual drinks. Besides some good classic pub food, the house offers a wide range of national and international beers, including the Irish dark Guinness stout. The drink selection stands out for its original mixes, such as beer cocktails and Carrot Martinis. The staff is really helpful and everyone speaks good English, which may make the Three Carrots a favorite destination for foreign tourists. Its energizing environment will bring you some fun vibes, perhaps with traveling companions or locals, at very affordable prices and will turn you on for your after-pub night.
Three Carrots Pub, 16 Kneza Milosa, Belgrade, Serbia. +381 11 26 83 748