From the most famous house and techno at Barutana in Dorćol and commercial touch of Plastic to underground places such as Drugstore in Palilula and a number of rafts on the bank of the Sava river, Belgrade is home to many clubs. To be honest, It’s certainly not alive throughout the whole week and it certainly is neither Berlin, London nor Amsterdam, but at times it offers a lot. Clubs such as the KC Grad, Drugstore and Boat 20/44 have hosted many big names from the electronic music industry. There are two seasons, summer/spring and fall/winter, during the summer/spring season rafts on the river Sava take charge, whilst the majority of clubs in the city are closed waiting for cold weather to start all over again with new line-ups. Belgrade club scene tends to change in a fleeting moment, one year some clubs are hip, while the next are totally the thing of the past or closed down. Belgrade has many emerging DJs and music producers and some already well established artists as Marko Nastić, Lea Dobričić, Dejan Milićević, Filip Xavi, Tijana T etc. This city hosted the very first Boiler room party in SEE region during Mad in Belgrade music festival. So, do check out our selection of Belgrade’s best clubs and just so you avoid long queues in front of the main stream clubs, booking tables or booths we recommend that you should contact Belgrade at Night Service.
In addition to the aforementioned services you can also make free reservations through GdeIzaci.com, book a table in your favorite club through the website and get informed about the latest happenings in the city.
This popular Belgrade splav (raft) is located on the banks of the Sava river. Mercifully it works all year round , regardless of the weather conditions. This is my favorite place to go clubbing, especially in the summer season when the dance madness kicks off on the boat deck. 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 held under the deck, where it’s warm and cozy 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 entrance fee is between 2 and 8 euros, and drinks are quite affordable.
Location: Savski kej BB, 11070, New Belgrade
Barutana is infamous open-air club. It stands in the Lower town of Kalemegdan park. It’s known to host big names from electronic music industry on weekends. Let me drop a few names: Miss Kittin, Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Clark, Tijana T, Marko Nastic and many others from a local scene as well. Crowd is +20. Prices are affordable.
During the fall/winter season Barutana is closed and the crowd moves to the DOT club.
Location: Donji grad, Kalemegdan, 11000 Belgrade
KC Grad is a multi-functional space for various events ranging from parties, concert, art exhibitions, fashion shows, movie projections, workshops etc. In a nutshell it’s a ‘cultural center’, located in a former warehouse dating from 1884, in an inner-city former industrial zone known as Savamala. The club is a favorite haunting place for Belgrade hipsters and art lovers, and in broad daylight it functions as a coffee bar. KC Grad has hosted many super trendy musicians and bands such as the NYC underground band Jessica 6 and artists from Cologne Kompakt label. It is definitely a place worth a visit.
Location: Braće Krsmanovića 4, 11000, Belgrade
Martinez is a new trendy bar/club situated in the former industrial building of Mikser house. It’s a perfect place for spending your night out with friends while drinking cocktails and dancing. Music is oriented towards mainstream house and techno. DJs are mostly local ones. During the summer parties are happening in the open-air garden.
Location: Karadjordjeva 46, 11000, Belgrade
Trendy, up-market club is located in one of the pillars of Brankov Bridge. It has a refined and quite beautiful interior, which was designed by architect Đorđe Gec. Brankow’s location is unique, representing a fusion of urban, industrial and avant garde. Similarly its music selection is also quite distinctive, from hip hop to house. The crowd tend to be somewhat older than in the rest of Belgrade’s clubs (+30). The club has been designed for well heeled people, so the prices tend to be high.
Location: Crnogorska 12, 11000 Belgrade
DISCO BAR MLADOST & LUDOST
Bar Mladost looks like a mini Tube with a very similar interior, created by architect Đorđe Gec, with the same clearly defined lines, concrete and wood. It also offers the same music selection as the Tube, from tech and deep house to funky. Popular local DJs, such as Peppe and Tijana T play here on a regular basis. It is connected with the other two venues: Bar Ludost, the new club Gadost and Radost restaurant. During the day Ludost works as a regular coffee bar.
Location: Karađorđeva 44, 11000 Belgrade
BITEF ART CAFE
Bitef Art Cafe famous Belgrade club is now situated in Palilula near the city centre. With its beautiful interior , all’ pretty and done up’ crowd and mostly all live concerts seems to have gained a rather good reputation among Belgradians. Here you can catch live gigs from Depeche Mode Tribute Band and various local pop bands to Nicola Conte and Brand New Heavies. Music is all to do with funky, soul, jazz and pop. Prices are decent and the crowd is 25 +. Before the concert you can warm up at Enso restaurant which stands next to the BITEF and is owned and run by the sister company.
Location: Mitropolita Petra 8, 11000 Belgrade
Location: Summer BITEF, Kalemegdan fortress, behind tennis courts
We are proud to present Belgrade’s techno cathedral Drugstore. The “new” Drugstore found its place in the former industrial quarter of Palilula municipality. After the great success this underground club had in Beko building in downtown, they started a new concept in this new riveting venue which is a far cry from Berghain Berlin though, dark, raw and rough around the edges, situated in what used to be a slaughter house. Space is big (600 m2), it can accommodate up to 1000 people and it includes wide cathedral like room and corridors. The owners, some local guys, usually host big names from underground electronic music scene and throw parties on two stages. Brace yourselves up for techno, underground house and alternative bands from local and international scene. Let me drop a few names: Molly Nillson, Dasha Rush, Xanax, Trax, Elektrabel, Jor, Dimi Angelis and many more. Drugstore is an independent club, supports artists and local DJs as Filip Xavi, Tijana T, Grof, Banda Panda etc. It’s open on Fridays and Saturdays.
During the summer season Drugstore garden is open for visitors.
Location: Bulevar Despota Stefana 115 – Poenkareova, 11000 Belgrade
Pristan stands at the 25th May in the Lower Dorcol area. It has a very nice interior design and gathers nice +25 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 4 am all days except Mondays.
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
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.
A new place, situated on the last floor of the Mladost-Ludost club cluster. Regardless of using the same building in Savamala, clubs Gajba and Gadost are very much different when it comes to the crowd-concept, music selection and interior design. Currently, Gajba is one of the nicest clubs in the city when it comes to interior design and selection of furniture. Crowd is a bit more serious, let’s say 30+.
Location: Karadjordjeva 44, 11000 Belgrade
In case you would prefer to get to know inner city areas better and experience Belgrade like a local we suggest to book Creative in Belgrade or Hipster 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.