Must-see nightlife in Serbia

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    Pržionica D59B

    Throughout history Lower Dorćol, with dozens of Jewish and Turkish stores, has had a special relationship with coffee. It’s no wonder that the tradition…

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    Indie-music lovers will feel right at home with carefully selected playlists of resident and guest DJs at Zaokret. Thematic evenings, occasional gigs and…

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    Bar Central

    This is the HQ of Serbia's Association of Bartenders, a fact made evident after one sip of any of the sublime cocktails (515RSD to 1165RSD) on offer. With…

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    Klub 20/44

    Retro, run-down and loads of fun, this alternative splav (river-barge nightclub) is named for Belgrade's map coordinates. Open year-round, it has become…

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    Restoran Tabor

    If you want an authentic Serbian Friday-night experience, this wildly popular (reserve several days ahead) kafana (tavern) in Zvezdara has it all:…

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    Kafana Pavle Korčagin

    Raise a glass to Tito at this frantic, festive kafana (tavern). Lined with communist memorabilia and packed to the rafters with revellers and grinning…

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    Belgrade-based Kafeterija produces Novi Sad's best 'Third Wave' java in this cosy coffeehouse chock-full of plush lounge furniture and exposed cement…

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    Hopheads seeking local salvation should settle in at this intimate, industrial-chic craft beer bar featuring 14 rotating offerings on draught (pints…

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    Part-cafe, part-bar, part-wonderfully-wacky-gallery, this pocket-sized place is one of the city's best spots for pre-drink drinks. Plastered with murals…

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    Samo Pivo

    Hidden up an out-of-service escalator that leads to an abandoned shopping arcade, Samo Pivo – 'just beer' in Serbian – feels like a brash, unconventional…

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    Centrala is one of those neighbourhood haunts that immediately feels like home, if home was a lively, jam-packed, but somehow laid-back, bar on a street…

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    Isa-Beg's Hammam

    The cosy open-roofed cafe set up in one part of the semi-ruined Isa-Beg's Hammam is an atmospheric place to have a Turkish coffee or a lemonade along with…

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    Ministarstvo Beer Bar

    Ministarstvo is one of Niš' go-to craft beer destinations, with 15 options on draught (mostly Serbian, a bit of mainstream German and Czech) and a gaggle…

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    Vespa Bar

    There are literally Vespas coming out of the woodwork at this happy, happening bar in the centre of town. Chat with the friendly 'bikies' over beer (local…

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    Klein House Social Bar & Art Gallery

    Part gallery, part bar, part avant-garde exhibition space, this is a cool, cultured place to spend an evening. It's a favourite haunt for local and…

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    This rusting cargo ship attracts a fun indie crowd for its eclectic playlist, cheap drinks and exceedingly welcoming atmosphere. Open year-round.

  • Kafeterija

    Part of a popular chain, this Kafeterija branch occupies the early-20th-century building that's one of Belgrade's finest examples of Secession-style…

  • Dvorištance

    Rainbow-bright cafe by day and an absolute ripper of a bar/performance space by night, whimsical little Dvorištance is textbook Cetinjska 15. It regularly…

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    Bodis & Porto

    A slick, colourful lounge that plays the likes of Lou Reed on one of Subotica's leafy streets, Bodis & Porto has a small but creative selection of…

  • Rakia Bar

    An ideal spot for rakija rookies to get their first taste of the spirit of Serbia. English-speaking staff will gently guide you through the 51 options,…