From the most famous house and techno at Barutana in Dorćol and a commercial touch of Lasta 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. The Belgrade club scene tends to change in a fleeting moment, one year some clubs are hip, while the next is totally a thing of the past or closed down. Belgrade has many emerging DJs and music producers and some already well-established artists such as Marko Nastić, Lea Dobričić, Dejan Milićević, Filip Xavi, Tijana T, etc. This city hosted the very first Boiler room party in the SEE region. So, do check out our selection of Belgrade’s best clubs, and just so you avoid long queues in front of the mainstream clubs, booking tables, or booths we recommend that you should contact Belgrade at Night Service.
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 techno and soulful to disco, funky, house, and dubstep. 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 breathtaking 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 Baris K and trendsetter Peggy Gou. The crowd is friendly and relaxed. The entrance fee is between 2 and 10 euros, and the drinks are affordable.
Barutana is an iconic open-air club. It stands in the Lower town of Kalemegdan Park. It’s known to host big names from the electronic music industry on weekends. Let me drop a few names: Miss Kittin, Hernan Cattaneo, Dave Clark, Tijana T… and many others from a local scene as well. The crowd is +20. Prices are affordable.
During the fall/winter season Barutana is closed.
Location: Donji grad, Kalemegdan, 11000 Belgrade
KC Grad is a multi-functional space for various events ranging from parties, concerts, 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 the Cologne Kompakt label. It is definitely a place worth a visit.
Location: Braće Krsmanovića 4, 11000, Belgrade
Strogi is one of our favorite clubs. It’s a unique hot spot, situated in an apartment of a historical house that dates back to the late 19th century. The house has been transformed into a bar area, (hosting a few bars) and the biggest space has been converted into a club – Strogi. The facade appears pretty neglected and it’s covered with graffiti, and as you step inside you will feel like a time machine got you back to the beginning of the 2000s. This is an old-school Belgrade place: people are super friendly, good-looking, and always ready to chit-chat and dance. The walls are covered with murals inspired by African culture and the music of diva Grace Jones. The club works almost every day from 10 pm to 2-4 am, depending on the music program.
Here you can catch some jazz, rock, blues, pop, disco, indie, retro, hip-hop, and house.
This is a must-visit place for every lover of genuine Belgrade nightlife!
Dim is a venue situated in the bar district of Cetinjska St. It’s a twin brother of techno cathedral Drugstore and therefore visitors can expect lots of different kinds of electronic music and local and foreign performers. The bar itself is situated in the space that used to be a brewery, which provides a unique industrial appearance and a sense of underground culture. Dim opened a studio space and launched the record label some time ago.
Did I mention that you can grab the best gin tonic in this place?!
DIM works every day from 6 pm until 1 am. The music stops at midnight.
BITEF ART CAFE
Bitef Art Cafe, a famous Belgrade club is now situated in Palilula near the city center. With its beautiful interior, all pretty and done up’ crowd, and mostly all live concerts seem 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 same company.
Location: Mitropolita Petra 8, 11000 Belgrade
Location: Summer BITEF, Kalemegdan fortress, behind tennis courts
The “new” Drugstore found its place in the former industrial quarter of Palilula municipality. After the great success, this underground club had in the Beko building 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 slaughterhouse. The space is big (600 m2), it can accommodate up to 1000 people and it includes a wide cathedral-like room and corridors. The owners, some local guys, usually host big names from the underground electronic music scene and throw parties on two stages. Brace yourselves up for techno, underground house, and alternative bands from the local and international scene. Let me drop a few names: Molly Nillson, Dasha Rush, Elektrabel, Jor, Dimi Angelis, and many more. A Drugstore is an independent club, that supports artists and local DJs such as Filip Xavi, Tijana T, Grof, Banda Panda, etc. It’s open on Fridays and Saturdays.
During the summer season, the Drugstore garden is open for visitors.
Location: Bulevar Despota Stefana 115 – Poenkareova, 11000 Belgrade
Kucica (Eng. Little house) is a raft on the Sava river, located on the right side of the Gazela bridge. This cool and cozy place works as a bar during the day and from evening until early morning turns into a real club. You can drink wine, cocktails, and beer and show your moves on the dance floor, or you can just chill in your booth while sipping champagne. The crowd is over 30. Dress code: casual but smart
Location: Sajamski kej, BB, 11000 Belgrade
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, and a bikini and get ready for the party and cocktails.
Location: Ušće BB, near the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade
Lasta comes from the team that signs the city’s famous clubs “Brankow”, “Mladost” and “Ludost” and the concept is a mixture of the same kind. Lasta stands opposite the Belgrade fair and tends to promote more commercial electronic music. The music program includes performances of well-known Belgrade DJs such as Pookie, Peppe, Goran Starčević, but also foreign DJ guests, mashup nights, and hip hop nights.
The best event Lasta hosts are on Sunday matinee that kicks off around 6 o ‘clock.
Location: Sajamski kej, BB, 11000 Belgrade
Half is another popular local club with an orientation toward electronic music such as the underground and minimal house. It has a great sound system and gathers mostly young electronic music aficionados. Next to the local DJs, Half hosts emerging stars from the region and well-established international DJs.
Location: Bulevar Vojvode Bojovića 10, Belgrade, Serbia
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.
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