Today we present our selection of the finest summer hot spots in Belgrade. Let’s start with
This popular Belgrade splav (raft) is located on the banks of the Sava river. Mercifully, it works throughout the entire year, regardless of the weather. Favorite place to go clubbing, especially in the summer season when the dance madness kicks off on the boat deck, which is now extended and converted into a summer lounge on the river.
The raft offers a good music selection ranging from techno and soulful to disco, funky and house. 20/44 hosts one of the best clubbing nights in Belgrade, called Disco not Disco featuring local stars DJ Brka, Toshke, Schwabe and other special guests. During the summer months the splav offers a wonderful view of the old city and bridge at night, when all the lights are on. In the morning hours you can catch one of Belgrade’s breath taking sunrises. Club 20/44 hosts the best local DJs and also world-famous stars such as Antal, Baris K and trendsetter Peggy Gou. The crowd is friendly and relaxed. The admission fee is between 4 and 10 euros.
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. On Sunday attend afternoon matinee on the river from 6 pm.
KC Grad is a multi-functional space for various events ranging from parties, concert, art exhibitions, fashion shows, movie projections, workshops etc. To sum up briefly it is a ‘cultural center’. It’s located in an old converted warehouse dating back to 1884, in a trendy inner-city former industrial zone known as ‘Savamala’.
The club is a favorite haunting place for Belgrade hipsters and art lovers, and during the day it operates as a bar. KC Grad has hosted many super trendy musicians and bands such as Chrysta Bell and label artists from Cologne, Kompakt. During the summer it is a lovely garden covered with stencil art works. There you can chill out, grab a bite, have a coffee or just have fun. Definitely this is a place worth checking out.
Our favorite techno club opens the garden each summer. As well as the techno cathedral, summer garden is raw with a powerful touch of industrial feel. It’s hidden in the back of the former slaughterhouse BIM Slavija and includes indoor stage and open-air garden. Drugstore garden often hosts movie festivals, exhibitions and various events.
In this place you can attend various club nights and experience a touch of Belgrade underground culture. Drugstore hosts local and foreign live acts, producers and DJs ranging from Tommy Four Seven, Elena Colombi to local collectives such as Mystic Stylez, Banda Panda and others.
Bar Bašta is located in the Savamala quarter, at Male Stepenice 1a. This place has a unique vibe with views to Brankov bridge and the Sava river. It offers a relaxing experience with a carefully chosen selection of wine and cocktails, mixed with the sounds of jazz and live acts.
Lasta comes from the team that signs the city’s famous clubs “Brankow”, “Mladost” , “Ludost” and the “Tube” and the concept is a mixture of the same kind. Lasta stands opposite the Belgrade fair and tends to promote more commercial electronic music. Music program includes performances of well-known Belgrade DJs as: Pookie, Peppe, Goran Starčević, but also foreign DJ guests, mashup nights and hip hop nights.
The best event Lasta hosts is on Sunday matinee that kicks off around 6 pm.
Hot Mess is one of those trendy spots on the river. You can drink cocktails and champagne and have a splash or two in the pool. It works only in the summer season, round the clock. This is one of those what some call poser places in Belgrade where prices tend not to be low and where everybody is eyeing one another with somewhat goggling eyes. Music is mostly commercial and deep house oriented. The club has a small swimming pool so bring sun cream, bikini and get ready for party and drinking cocktails.
Kucica (Eng. Little house) is a 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
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.