The demise of Savamala left something of a hole in Belgrade’s alternative nightlife scene. The good people of the Serbian capital weren’t about to admit defeat however, and soon the car park at Cetinjska began filling up with pubs and clubs, each offering something different as a part of one unified whole. Cetinjska is now the place to go for a great night out in Belgrade, and here are some of the highlights from the city centre spot.
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Take a seat in the garden with some of Belgrade's finest. | @ Aleksandra Nikolic / Zaokret
There are plenty of great options at Cetinjska, but Zaokret arguably takes home the trophy of being the best spot. The interior is fairly unassuming, but this is a lively bar with an events schedule that is packed to its absolute limit. One of the most popular bars in the entire city (regardless of location), Zaokret is a safe haven for lovers of cultural nightlife and those looking for a good time alike. It is an imperative visit when in the city.
Right next door to Zaokret is Ljubimac, and it follows much of the same lead. A relaxed atmosphere meshes well with a homely interior, and you are just as likely to see people reading books and playing board games here as you are to see them falling asleep and throwing up. In short, everything that makes Cetinjska great can be found at Ljubimac. It is one of the smaller places in Cetinjska, but it packs one heck of a punch.
One of the first clubs to set up shop in Cetinjska, Elektropionir is as much a music venue as it is a nightclub. The dance floor is all sorts of spacious to say the least, leaving plenty of room for folk looking to get down to some of the best live music in the city. It is down to spots like Elektropionir that Cetinjska has become the success that is currently is.
Polet is more of an art gallery than a bar, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a beer or three while you take in some of the finest independent aesthetics that the city can muster. Another of the places to open its doors during the early days of Cetinjska, Polet follows the interior aesthetic of using second hand tables and chairs to create a patched together look, in the best possible way. Simply put, this is one of the most creative spots in the city.
A burger place in Cetinjska, Foodporn has attracted some mixed reviews over the last year or so. Our experiences have only been positive however, and if you’re looking for a bite to eat in Cetinjska, it is undoubtedly the place to go. You’ll wish you learned Serbian in order to understand the messages on the notepads, and the entire concept needs to be admired for its ambitiousness. Put your own pornburger (don’t ask) together and sit back and enjoy this most unique of Belgrade eateries.
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A Belgrade classic, Dvorištance suffered directly from the beginning of the controversial Belgrade Waterfront project. Undeterred, the club moved over to Cetinjska to take part in the capital’s new nightlife revolution. The move hasn’t damaged the atmosphere one bit, bringing the colourful walls along that made Dvorištance such a unique hit in the first place. The place is pet friendly too, making it a great spot to come for a summer tipple with your dog, cat, rabbit or whatever.
Cetinjska actually started life back in the day as a brewery, and that tradition of beer is carried on by the appropriately named Jedno Mesto. The name means ‘first place’ (well, ‘one place’ to be exact), and it is something of a departure from the rest of the spots at Cetinjska. Hipster stylings are eschewed in favour of something a little more traditional Serbian, with some excellent food options available throughout the day. Plenty of live music too!
Is there a better name for a bar in all of Belgrade? It doesn’t take a Serbian expert to translate it (‘Blues and Beer’, if you weren’t aware), and boy is that accurate. To quote Ronseal Quick Drying Woodstain, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Live music and beer are on offer, in a spot that is as cosy in winter as it is invigorating in summer.