The people of the Balkans are known for their ability to have fun and enjoy life, and it’s no surprise that Belgrade is so popular for its nightlife. Whether you’re a music fan, fancy a beer with friends, or want to experience the authentic local culture, Belgrade’s got something to tempt you. From the small cosy bars perfect for a romantic date, to wild party venues, the Serbian capital is full of options. With such variety on offer, Culture Trip spotlights the 10 best bars for you.
Samo Pivo (Just beer)
Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Samo Pivo | Courtesy of Samo Pivo
Belgrade’s growing craft beer scene is behind the opening of plenty of bars and pubs, delivering absolute delight to the fans of the world of bitter, bubbly drinks. Samo Pivo happens to be one of the best choices for beer aficionados in Belgrade. With its total lack of pretentiousness, the pub allows your senses to focus on what matters the most: the flavours and fine ingredients of the hundreds of beer selections they offer.
If you’re looking for the coolest place to be in Belgrade – this is it. Hot Mess is a lounge bar, located on a boat, with a swimming pool in the middle. The cocktails are delicious, the coffee is delightful, and the prices are reasonable. Oh, and one more thing: since it’s the hottest place in Belgrade it attracts the hottest people in town. Eye candy, guaranteed!
Soul, funk, R&B, and live music, chill people, and an ambient, modern atmosphere all add up to make for one of the top places to be in Belgrade. Although prices are slightly higher than most other bars, Tranzit gets so packed, that you need to book a table, especially during weekends when this venue gets absolutely jam packed.
The cluttered interior of the Red Crab | @ Crveni Rak Pab/Facebook
One more holy place for worshipers of beer, Cvreni Rak is a little more than a pub. This place has its own band which transforms the concept of the evening drink into a small concert. The musicians entertain with their very own versions of well-known hit songs from around the world. As for the beers – Crveni Rak offers a huge variety, including lagers made by a recipe unchanged since 1240. Don’t hesitate to ask the staff for assistance – they’ll happily help you select the perfect pivo* for your taste. * Pivo – the Serbian beer
If you have a soft spot for rock’n’roll and music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, this is your kind of place. Corba Kafe was created by a musician and the bar serves as a platform for young people who want to share their talent. The band, to which the venue is dedicated often plays there as well and if lucky, you can enjoy one of their mini concerts. As for the drinks – don’t hesitate to opt for one of the coffee delights on offer.
If you ever wondered what the world of Scheherazade is like, this place can give you a pretty good idea. Authentic oriental vibe, a large selection of amazing tea flavors, private booths, and of course – shisha; Kandahar is quite the gem. The must-try drinks are the typical boiled coffee (Turkish coffee), hand made by the Bosiljcic family for over 20 years and the Yeni-Raki (a strong, alcoholic drink quite unlike anything else).
Located on the shore of the turquoise Sava river, this is one of the fancy places in Belgrade where you can dance the night away to the beats of some of the best DJs in town. And if you don’t want to stay up too late, then visit in the early evening for a relaxing, after-work or after-walk drink, with a splendid view and a lovely selection of cocktails.
Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Japanese, European, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
Although Terminal may have been intended as a bar, there’s much more to it than merely drinks. A large selection of fine foods, tapas, baked delights, pizza bar, and a variety of cocktails, Terminal is a winner all round. Don’t rush into ordering the first thing that comes to mind – reading their menu is worthy of your attention and guarantees some giggling.
If you have a soft spot for photography take your camera when heading to Druid – this place was made for pictures. Fine-tuned in every detail, Druid makes you feel at peace with its homey atmosphere, amazing service, and drinks that are meant to warm your heart. A fan of whiskey? You’ve found your favourite bar! A fan of jazz? Book your table – you won’t regret it!
In all honesty wine bars don’t require any advertising – after all, their concept itself is temptation enough. But Vino Bar & Shop’s service and fantastic selection of the finest wines makes it worthy of a mention here. The setting is charmingly simplistic and during warmer days the garden offers the perfect setting for a glass (or several) with friends or maybe business partners.