Today we present our selection of top 10 Belgrade bars. In case you would prefer to discover more bars and clubs from even wider selection contact GdeIzaci.com, book a table in your favorite bar through the website and get informed about the latest happenings in the city.
Amelie is a popular Belgrade bar situated next to Palas hotel and the Museum of Applied Arts. It’s a French bistrolike place. The interior and exterior design are carefully selected and therefore embellished with vintage details and flowers. In Amelie you are bound to find mostly the locals from the downtown of Belgrade. The locals have taken to drinking wine, sangria, beer and cocktails and often coffee during the day.
In case it gets too crowded try to find a seat on the upper level of the bar.
Address: 4 Toplicin Venac, 11000 Belgrade
Another Belgrade standard, located in Dalmatinska 13 next to the Botanical Gardens, and quite near to the club Plastic. During the winter you can drink beer, chat or play pinball in the basement and during the summer season just chill in the lovely yard. The music selection is quite good, from the rock from the 80s to electronic music.
Dali is one of the most popular cocktail bars in the city with an interesting interior inspired by the artworks of Spanish artist Salvador Dali. It’s located in the heart of Belgrade in beautiful Hilandarska Street, at number 20.
The music selection is very hip and ranges from disco to deep and tech house. It’s a great place to warm up before heading off to clubs and parties. During the summer season people chill out in the street under the white sunshades and during the winter season the real fun gets going inside. The bar is usually crowded in the evenings. The crowd tends to be relaxed and friendly, and prices are quite affordable
Dali Bar offers variety of cocktails from my favorite Sweet Melon Martini to Margaritas and Cosmopolitans. There is also a variety of Serbian domestic brandies known as rakija. Cocktails cost around 3-4 euros.
This popular French-style bistro is located at the lower end of upper Dorćol in the famous street of Strahinjića Bana (better known as Silicon Valley or Ostrich Valley) at number 52b. The bar tends to be packed with people at all times. Pastis offers variety of wines, and is open for breakfast and dinner.
Pastis is quite a trendy and upmarket place, where people like to feel a little posh. This is also the place where British actor Ralph Fiennes spent a few mornings drinking coffee and reading newspapers while filming Coriolanus.
Open Mon-Thu 08-00:30 am, Fri-Sat 08-01 am, Sun 09-00:30 am
Another Belgrade classic. Located at Simina 6 in upper Dorćol, right in the heart of Belgrade. Here one gets a feel of the true spirit of the city. Centrala looks like a big window from the outside and the interior is a bit retro. There is no WI FI, internet or fancy drinks… because this place simply doesn’t need that sort of thing. It reflects the spirit of the bygone times when things like that didn’t matter. This is a very popular bar indeed.
Open Mon-Sun 09-01 am
Ventil is classic Dorćol. It’s located in Kapetan Mišina at number 14, in a basement that gets packed with the people who belong to younger generation. It can be pretty noisy indeed, and is the perfect place to drink beer and eating peanuts and smoki (a famous Serbian snack). The crowd here is relaxed and friendly. The music choice is interesting as Ventil provides a space for non-professional musicians, DJs and artists to play music, perform live acts and exhibit.
Open Mon-Fri 10-01 am, Sat 18-01 am, Sun 18-24 am
This is one of my favorite places. Tapas is a DJ bar, located in a really lovely spot on the corner of Dositejeva and Gospodar Jevremova streets.
It’s a great place to warm up before heading out to the popular club Tube or Geca Disko Šteker (just round the corner). It’s also a nice place to sip your espresso, chat and catch up with the latest gossip with friends during the day, and partying in the evening while drinking icy Margaritas or Bahama Mamas.
Open until midnight
Drinka is a trendy bar located at Kosovska 33, just behind the National Parliament. It’s a bit of an up-market place with a delightful interior. During the summer people normally sit or stand out in the street while drinking wine and cocktails. Sometimes it offers quality electronic music and art exhibitions. So, I recommend you check it out one evening, you might even rub shoulders with some of Serbia’s celebrities.
Open Mon 10:00 – 13:00, 17:00 – 01:00, Tue – Sat 11:00 – 01:00, Sun 19:00 – 00:0
Black Turtle Pub II
Black Turtle is a chain of pubs in Belgrade. Some believe that the best one is Black Turtle II, which is located in the old and beautiful part of Belgrade Kosančićev Venac, at number 30. This is a quite unique bar in Belgrade where one can enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere, while drinking their blueberry or lemon flavoured beers, that are very reasonably priced , one cannot but notice. As one American guy recently said, “Blueberry beer tastes like heaven.” Go for it!!!
Open Mon-Thu 09-00, Fri-Sat 09-01, Sun 09-12
Located in Karađorđeva street, in a former industrial area in the new hip-zone of Savamala, and near to the disco bar Mladost. From the street it looks like a window. I just love the interior – a combination of wooden tables with black wrought iron chairs and spider- shaped chandeliers. It appears quite simple and monochrome, but is also cool and impressive. The music here is usually electronic. Drinks are of high quality, from good quality beers to Mohitos. The prices are quite affordable too. Wine is around 3 euros, beer also around 3 euros and cocktails are around 3-4 euros. It’s also a nice place to warm up before the real parties start at KC Grad or Mladost which are just round the corner.
Open until late night
Bašta is one of the finest bars in town. It is located in the Savamala zone, at Male Stepenice 1a, next to the building which houses popular gay club Apartment, under Brankov bridge. This place has a unique vibe with views to Brankov bridge and the Sava river. It offers a relaxing experience with an exquisite selection of wine and cocktails mixed with the sounds of jazz and live performances.
In case you would prefer to get to know the inner city areas better and experience Belgrade like a local we suggest booking Creative in Belgrade or Dorcol for Lost & Found tours
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.