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. This is my favourite 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 Detroit techno and soulful to disco, funky, house and dub step. 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. Over the winter, parties are thrown below the deck, where it’s warm and cosy no matter how cold it is outside. The atmosphere is always super sexy: red lights, a few screens and lots of smoke. Splav 20/44 hosts the best local DJs and also world-famous stars such as Detroit techno-master Mike Huckaby and trendsetter Nicolas Jaar. The crowd is friendly and relaxed. The admission fee is between 2 and 4 euros, and drinks are rather affordable.
Location: Savski kej BB, 11070, New Belgrade
Another raft amongst the Belgrade’s classics and one of the best rafts on the river. It is quite popular but regrettably it seems to only operate during the summer season. The music selection here is focused on house music, and Belgrade’s best house DJs such as Peppe and Oysha play here from time to time. Sound also hosts foreign music stars. Since this is a quite an upmarket club, make sure you put on your Sunday’s best, and be prepared to wait in a long queue to get in. Bring a lot of cash as drinks are not cheap!
Location: Savski Kej BB, 1107o, New Belgrade
Along with 20/44 and Sound this is the coolest splav (raft) on the river. Here people can feel the real summer vibe of the city. It is always quite crowded, so be patient and be prepared to queue to get in. Povetarac offers a range of music styles such as drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop, pop, house and mush ups. The atmosphere is really welcoming and people are friendly. There are often lots of foreigners here as well.
Prices tend to be low and almost everybody drinks beer and rakija…cocktails are totally not trendy!
Location of Povetrac : Brodarska BB, 11o70, New Belgrade
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’. The space is powered by Cultural Front Belgrade and the Amsterdam Felix Meritis Foundation. 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 coffee bar. KC Grad has hosted many super trendy musicians and bands such as the NYC underground band Jessica 6 and label artists from Cologne, Kompakt . Last week it featured DJ duo Thugfucker from NYC. 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.
Location: Braće Krsmanovića 4, 11000, Belgrade
Bar Dvoristance is located in the new clubbing district of Cetinjska ST. In downtown of Belgrade It’s a cool place to drink beer and hanging out during the day, but also partying during the night. Music is mostly electronic, it ranges from techno and tech house to disco. It consists of two parts: an indoor bar and a courtyard.
Bar Bašta is located in the Savamala quarter, 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 a carefully chosen selection of wine and food, mixed with the sounds of jazz and live acts. Organic restaurant ”Gnezdo Organic” is situated just around the corner in the same post-war building
Lasta comes from the team that signs the city’s famous clubs “Brankow”, “Mladost” , “Ludost” and the “Tube” and the concept will be 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. Designwise the interior of the club is signed by a famous Serbian architect Djordje Gec.
The best event Lasta hosts is on Sunday matinee that kicks off around 6 o ‘clock.
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.
Location: Ušće BB, near Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
Brand new raft opened at 25th May in the Lower Dorcol area. Has very nice interior design and gathers a cool crowd. Music selection is based on local DJs such as Petko, Akioki, Banda Panda …So by listening to deep house you can 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.
KUROSAVA EXCLUSIVE CHARUGA
This place is anything but exclusive. Sounds like a contradiction in terms. But, there is a catch. Kurosava is a very cool place, located on the river Sava, not far from Lasta splav, right across Belgrade Fair. Kurosava is a summer lounge on the river where people chill and drink beer. Prices are rather affordable. If you are in luck you can get to eat some cakes and pasta and watch the sunset sitting on the swing above the water.
JAZZ KAFANICA BAJLONI
And last but not least, Jazz kafanica Bajloni. Another Dorćol’s hot spot. It is located near the famous Bajloni green market and even more famous Skadarska Bohemian quarter. Jazz music, live gigs and a generally nice crowd. It includes a lovely, big garden and also a lovely interior. It’s definitely a cool place to be in where you can experience the summer in Belgrade.
Location: 15 Cetinjska, 11000 Belgrade
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.