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
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.
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
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.
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