Party animals take note: the Serbian capital of Belgrade has been quietly building a reputation as the number-one nightlife destination in the Balkans. Want to go dancing on a Monday? No problem, because the youthful population of this fizzing city are ready to go. The scene focuses around – and on – the river Danube. Here’s the best boat bars for both chilling and partying.
Brodić na Savi
Brodić has been serving up chilled vibes to young Belgrade party people for more than 20 years now, but still somehow maintains that elusive hidden-gem atmosphere. The raft has a year-round holiday feeling and is absolutely ideal for sunset drinks and pizza.
At 20/44, it’s not just about the best open-air parties at night – although things do get pretty lively when the movers and shakers hit the decks. It’s also a very nice afternoon spot, serving homemade fish soup and aromatic BBQ, with, of course, splendid river views.
Daytime chill turns to raucous sunset parties at this recent addition to the Belgrade boat bar scene. Attentive, knowledgeable and above all friendly staff – and even better music selection – all work together to make the troubles of the day melt away at Kućica.
Daska & Veslo
Besides delicious snacks and drinks, and a everybody-is-welcome-here vibe, Daska & Veslo offers wholesome daytime activities like stand-up paddle board lessons, with tours around the Great War Island or a sunset trip to the nearby Belgrade Fortress.
Head to this waterside bar and you’ll feel like you’re on a tropical island, with DJs spinning sunshine tunes every day until late. And it’s not just the music – it’s worth paying Pristan a visit just for the view of the Danube, the sunset over Belgrade and its relaxed good-time ambience.