Summer is finally here! Here’s a shortlist of 5 must-see summer rafts and gardens you should defo visit while you are in town!
DASKA & VESLO
Daska & Veslo is a cozy beach bar located on the Danube river. It’s a cozy place to grab a few drinks and some light food. Daska & Veslo rents and sells boards for stand up paddling. So, get yourself ready for paddling on Belgrade rivers.
Pristan is a stunning raft located at 25th May in the Lower Dorcol area. It has a very well-lit interior design and gathers a cool crowd. Music selection is based on local DJs such as Petko, Akioki, Banda Panda …So dive into some deep house, drink coffee, beer or cocktails and enjoy yourself on the Danube river. The bar works from 4 pm until 1 am all days except Mondays.
Kucica (Eng. Little house) is a brand new raft on the Sava river, located on the right side of Gazela bridge. This cool and cozy place works as a bar during the day and from evening until the early morning turns into a real club. You can drink wine, cocktails, beer and show your moves on the dance-floor, or you can just chill in your booth while sipping champagne. Crowd is over 30. Dress code: casual but smart
Leto (Eng. Summer) is a raft on the Sava river, located right next to the Belgrade fair. This green oasis with a stunning view of Kalemegdan fortress and New Belgrade represents a new must visit spot in the city. To explain the concept better, this raft is a summer version of the club Hype in Savamala. You can expect mostly Serbian DJs and different types of house music, fancy crowd and a bit of posing.
BITEF SUMMER STAGE
Summer version of iconic club BITEF is tucked away in Kalemegdan fortress, behind the tennis courts. This beautiful spacious summer club will pleasantly surprise you with its atmosphere and the finest music selection, ranging from jazz and soul to house and pop. Next to big stars such as Nicola Conte, Koop Orchestra, Masimo Savic, Jazzanova who have all performed here, the club often promotes local bands and DJs. If you are lucky enough you can also catch Musicology Barcaffe sessions which host big names from the music industry. Crowd is over 30. Dress code: casual but smart
Boho is a mixture of the unique spirit of Belgrade and design of Asia, Bali, Morocco and other exotic destinations. Set in the heart of the most significant venue in Belgrade, Kalemegdan fortress, this lounge bar / club is designed as a place where you can endlessly lie (yes there are beds!) in a comfortable atmosphere, surrounded by pillows, carpets, jungle vegetation , palm trees, statues and furniture from Bali, every day of the week! The focus is on “barefoot” concept, which will give you a feeling of relaxation and connection with the interior design and the spirit of Boho.
The music follows the atmosphere, so the program is mostly focused on a more underground type of sound, such as deep house, chill out and so on..Boho tends to host selected local DJs from Thursday to Sunday, but foreign DJ stars and performers fall into the music program occasionally as well.
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.