In Belgrade, every night is Friday night. Everyone is ready to party at all the time, dance the night away, and go straight to work the next day. It’s really hard to resist the temptation when you know that on any given evening there are countless clubs out there full of young, gorgeous people having so much fun.
How did Belgrade become the world’s nightlife capital?
During the ’90s Belgrade Serbia went through the roughest patch in its recent history. The break-up of Yugoslavia, civil war, UN sanctions, hyperinflation, and high unemployment made sure that the only entertainment Belgraders had back in those days was the one they created themselves. Something changed in people’s minds and – despite all the hardships of living in the capital of a nation that’s was falling apart – the local Belgrade nightlife industry boomed, taking clubbing to an art form. Everyone absolutely loved it.
The ’99 NATO bombing forced people of Belgrade to take their fun even more seriously. Faced with everyday threat of losing our lives, we starting having huge outdoor concerts in city squares and on bridges, while some of the most famous night clubs started working even during daylight hours.
Today, Belgrade may be many years behind other European capitals when it comes to economic, industrial, and scientific development, but it’s literally light years ahead when it comes to nightlife. The Belgrade clubbing industry is better organized and has more to offer than any other out there. Every night of the week, there are countless different clubs with different styles and with different kinds of music where you can go. It may be hard to believe, but all the clubs which have the capacity of 300 to 500 people are basically full every night of the week.
A lot of people who visit Belgrade and take part in its nightlife say that the only place they can compare it to is Ibiza, since both places have huge club opening and closing events. However, the difference is that Belgrade clubs work 12 months a year, while Ibiza clubs work only four.
Many young people work in the nightlife industry mainly as club promoters. They advertise parties and events, often through word of mouth, bringing a lot of guests and customers and taking a cut of the bills. Their reputations depend on how many people they can get to the events they promote and how much money these people spend.
The mainstream clubbing scene consists of venues playing house music, progressive, tech house, and turbo-folk (a sub-genre of folk music with dance and pop elements specific to Serbia), but you can also find places specialising in R’n’B, pop, rock, trance, alternative, jazz, or just about any other type of music in existence.
The main Differences between Mainstream and National Live Belgrade Clubs
The main difference between Mainstream and National live Belgrade Clubs. Mainstream or Electro clubs play House, Tech House, Progressive and RnB / Hip Hop Music. On the other hand, National Live clubs have local bands that sing and play domestic music on a local language.
Foreigners mostly go for Mainstream clubs, since they do not feel the vibe and do not understand music at the local music places.
Both Mainstream and National Live Clubs require: Prior reservation ( guest list ), to be on time and NO sport wear.
National LIVE Music UNITED EX Yugoslavia ONE MORE TIME
Serbian and Yugoslavian Diaspora ( people that left and live in another countries ) when they travel for a holidays back in capital of fun, Belgrade, they just love to party in National Live Clubs. You will find Croatians, Macedonians, Slovenians, Serbs, Bosnians how they socialise and have fun together. Dancing together and singing Emotional songs from various music artists from Ex – Yugoslavia.
It is social phenomenon how Nightlife and Music united once separated people together. Seems like that Brotherhood work better in foreign countries then in Balkans. It is really interesting!
The most popular places of this kind, are Summer Club Sindikat, Winter Club Casina, River Club and Hua Hua. The best way to discover the local places is with a local people.
You can find two types of clubs in Belgrade: winter clubs and summer clubs. Winter clubs are indoor clubs which are usually open during the winter season – from late September to early May. When the summer season comes, they all close their doors as the big openings of summer clubs start. These floating river clubs or barges (called “splavs” or “splavovi”) are anchored at the riverbank and they’re the main locations for partying during hot summer nights.
Belgrade clubs do not charge entrance fees. But it doesn’t mean you can come and go as you wish. All local clubs have a checkpoint at their entrance where face control is carried out by staff – you’re screened whether you’re adequately dressed for the type of the club you want to get into and whether you have a table reservation or not. Without the reservation, there are very slim chances you’re going to get into the club that evening and you can absolutely forget about having a bar table or a VIP table of your own.
After you pass face control, security will check you for hidden weapons before you enter. The first people you’ll see after you get in are a few beautiful club hostesses (some of them speak several languages) who are going to ask you for the name your reservation is bookerd under. After you give your name, one of them will escort you to your table. As soon as she leaves, a waiter will come to your table to take your order. Basically, if you’ve got a table reservation, it means you’ll never need to walk to the bar to order a drink. If you succeed getting into the club without a reservation, you can catch a drink at the bar.
In some clubs in Belgrade you’ll also notice very attractive go-go dancers. There are usually between four and eight of them in the club during the night and their business is just dancing and animating the crowd by dancing, often on an elevated platform high above the tables. Go-go dancers are a part of the show, but never the central part. They also don’t talk to patrons except when they have breaks.
Another difference between local clubs and clubs in the rest of the world is that Belgrade clubs do not have dance floors. The whole club is filled with bar tables and VIP tables, so you simply party with your friends next to yours. The main advantage is that there is a slight chance that drunk people will push you around the dance floor, possibly even spill drinks on you and messing up your night entirely. With your own table, such a thing is simply not possible. You can still invite anyone you want to your table, and party with others at their spots if they welcome you there. If you decide to get Sofa or better-known Vip table, you can invite anyone u meet in the club to join your table and to party with you. In some clubs, where people party really hard, club management is OK with guests climbing and dancing on sofas and on tables.
Undoubtedly the first thing that foreigners notice in Belgrade is the beauty of its people Given the Balkan historical role as a traditional meeting place between the West and the East, it’s not a surprise that locals combine the best of both worlds. People also take their looks seriously here. The good news for female visitors is that most Belgrade guys regularly exercise and take active part in fitness, weight lifting, or some other kind of physical training. On the other hand, Belgrade girls also work out regularly and invest a lot of money into their look – buying quality cosmetics, visiting beauty salons daily, and wearing elegant yet tight-fitting sexy clothes that show off their beautiful bodies.
Belgrade is well known for sport, art, history, but Belgrade nightlife is one more thing for which Belgrade can be proud of. Attractive destinations, wild parties that last whole night long and, of course, beautiful girls are Serbian capital city’s brand. Belgrade nightlife consists of festivals, parties, nightclubs etc.
What is the most popular place?
Everyone will discover Belgrade trough their own prospective of reality. You might be a fan of Posh things. For sure you will love Belgrade then. You might like underground style. Hanging with artists, Musicians, designers and people who are refusing mark them as mainstreamers. Belgrade again is the place for your adventure. Traditional experience with a live bands is also out there. When it comes to a place where to go it all depends from that particular day or night. Not every place is booming every day. Once we know what stile are you into we will advise you where to go for that particular day.
Festivals & parties in Belgrade
Belgrade nightlife has many happenings that may interest you. The biggest of all is the Belgrade Beer fest placed in middle of August every year. Free entrance, lots of beer and good music. Ideal fun for cheap money! If you are not Woodstock kind of guy/girl and you are more into closed parties, you can visit some of the popular Belgrade clubs. Of course, there are many more festivals in Belgrade, one of our favourite ones is the Jazz Festival. You will find out, that Belgrade Nightlife has to offer something for everyone’s taste. If you plan to go to Belgrade, check the terms of your party earlier and do not miss it.
Nightclubs in Belgrade
What about the Belgrade nightlife outside these happenings? That’s where the great story of Belgrade nightlife actually starts! Even if you have been going on some mentioned parties, you’ll probably end up in some nightclubs at the end of the night. Or at the beginning of a new dawn!
Clubs like Freestyler and Stefan Braun are well famous and many people from outside the Serbia already know for them. Important to know: Some of the best Belgrade clubs that used to be the greatest of Belgrade Nightlife are placed at the Sava and Danube rivers. Dragstor, Blaywatch, Acapulco, Bollywood and others are/were among the most popular.
And at the end, don’t forget Serbian so-called „kafanas“ – bars where you can rest, enjoy but sometimes have fun more then anywhere else with traditional songs live before your very ears. Visit Skadarlija quarter or some kafanas elsewhere. We suggest „Balkanika“, „Nasa prica“ („Our story“), „Znak pitanja“ („Question mark“) etc. But don’t worry if you don’t remember these names or if they are not close to you when in Belgrade, feel free to ask Belgrade people to recommend you some kafanas nearby. You won’t regret. There are many, many of them which many people never heard of and they are still great.