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Belgrade Nightlife

In recent years, Belgrade has carved out a name for itself as the Berlin of the Balkans, largely because of its hedonistic nightlife. The city is bursting with options that range from sweaty underground bars to upmarket clubs. Socialising tends to go on to the early hours, lending energy to the city no matter what the time of day or night.

Bars in Belgrade

Bar Central

One of Belgrade's best bars has to be Bar Central, which boasts a vast range of top-quality cocktails befitting the home of the Barmen Association. Amateur barmen and enthusiasts will find this a great place for learning, while those with a taste for weird and wonderful concoctions will find plenty of excuse to keep returning.

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Telephone: +381 11 262 6444.
Website: http://www.bar.rs

Kandahar

Belgrade's Strahinjića Bana (also known as 'Silicon Valley') has a whole street of trendy bars and cafés with street-side tables and seating, of which Kandahar stands out for its eastern theme. The interior is filled with colourful pillows, hand-painted walls and Middle-Eastern music, while the exterior features an open terrace with low tables and canopies. Choose from a large selection of drinks, including cocktails, tea blends, Turkish coffee and Yeni Raki (a local, anise-flavoured spirit).

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Telephone: +381 11 291 0311.

World Travellers' Club

For something especially unique, seek out the subterranean world of World Travellers' Club, a laid-back bohemian bar that was formerly a basement apartment where the young would escape to party during the Balkan conflict. Also known as The Federal Association of Globe Trotters, there's a quirky, friendly atmosphere in this former maidservants' quarters.

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Telephone: +381 11 324 2303.
Website: http://www.usp-aur.rs

Clubs in Belgrade

Club Sound

For something different, head to one of the many floating rafts moored along the banks of the rivers. Club Sound plays good urban electronic music and regularly hosts international DJs. Guests often circulate between this club and Freestyler, which used to be next door until Club Sound moved to the super-hip Sava quay.

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Telephone: +381 63 807 1853.

Freestyler

One of a number of top floating nightclubs along the banks of the rivers, Freestyler is situated between the Stari Savski and Gazela bridges where its strobe lights flash out onto the water below. Popular with the younger hordes, the club spins everything from R & B and disco to house and techno music. Expect big crowds, a great atmosphere and go-go dancers.

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Telephone: +381 62 800 2020.
Website: http://www.freestyler.rs

KC Grad

Thanks to Belgrade's exciting, new grassroots verve, there are a number of cultural centres popping up in the city. Of these, KC Grad is perhaps the most compelling. Whether for film projections, parties, music, themed nights, or just a drink at the bar, this converted warehouse is a great space in trendy the Savamala area, a post-industrial zone by the river.

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Telephone: +381 11 328 2370.
Website: http://www.gradbeograd.eu

Live music in Belgrade

Bitef Art Café

For live music, the Bitef Art Café is great for funk, jazz, soul, pop, disco, house and live rock depending on the night. Based for more than a decade out of a converted church, Bitef recently moved to a larger, modern venue, which hasn't hampered its popularity but can now fit some 700 music lovers into this popular art space.

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Telephone: +381 11 408 2141.
Website: http://www.bitefartcafe.rs

Dom Omladine

This long-standing live music venue is a bit of an institution in Belgrade, having put on shows and gigs from over half a century. Variety is key at Dom Omladine, which doubles up as the Belgrade Youth Centre. Organisers here host concerts, film, theatre and even debate. There are also all kinds of workshops covering psychology, sign language and crafts.

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Telephone: +381 11 322 0127.
Website: http://www.domomladine.org

Sava Centar

Belgrade regularly hosts big international bands and artists such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Madonna, but these performances usually take place out of the city centre at venues like the Sava Centar. Built in 1977, this vast and impressive arena is one of the biggest in Europe.

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Telephone: +381 11 220 6000.
Website: http://www.savacentar.net

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Union

Located in the heart of the city, the Union offers more than 100 clean and comfortable rooms in a pleasant, smart environment. If you want to splash out a little more, there are also a few luxury suites. The hotel also has a restaurant, a piano bar and even a casino.

Royal

With an excellent location close to Kneza Mihala and Kalemegdan Park, this long-established budget hotel offers good-value, no-frills rooms close to the action. Receiving visitors since 1886, the welcome is still as friendly today, while the admirable onsite restaurant is quietly affordable.

Kasina

Conveniently located in the city centre across the road from the Balkan Hotel, this is a good-value option with decent rooms and its own pavement café. Built in 1856, this sizable property has plenty of history about it, and a rather decent restaurant to boot.

Le Petit Piaf

Located in the eastern part of the old city close to the bars and restaurants of the Skadarlija quarter, Le Petit Piaf is a small modern boutique hotel with plenty of character and elegant, spacious rooms.

Hotel Zira

Not far from the centre, Zira Hotel is one of the sleekest, most futuristic of properties in Belgrade. The rooms, hallways and dining area are ultra-modern, with contemporary art, plenty of space and science-fiction style design. Breakfast is of superb quality and dinner on the terrace is becoming a favourite with the city's affluent. There are 127 rooms, a fitness centre and sauna.

Belgrade City Hotel

Within easy reach of the shopping district, historic centre and commercial zone, Belgrade City Hotel is a handsome 4-star property right next to the main railway station. There are more than 80 slick rooms, with warm, unpretentious décor, a great breakfast buffet and friendly staff.