In recent years, Balkans has opened up a bit and usually the capitals have become a pretty popular tourist attraction for young/backpack/studenty types. Maybe its due to its historical lack of rules and regulations (especially during the 90s) or the cheap prices or a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that established Belgrade as a go-to place for nightlife in Southeast Europe.
So generally, this is how it goes, or at least how I would do it: first, a dinner in a traditional restaurant (called kafana), known for its amazing barbecue of various meat – the Skadarlija street is the most famous one for these types of restaurants. Then, warm-up drinks in one of Belgrade’s many (and I mean many) cafes and bars, that vary from shabby chic to proper, slick posh ones. A must-try drink in Serbia is rakija – a type of brandy – that comes in many flavors, my favorite ones being the cherry and honey ones. Popular areas for nightlife include the Savamala district, the area on the riverfront and around the main railway station that was once rundown only to be turned by various artist and entrepreneurs into a more lively, club area. A spot for alternative crowds is KC Grad, a venue that hosts various club nights, concerts, workshops and exhibitions. In recent months, Cetinjska streets is also beginning to establish itself as a new go-to place for a fun night out, as it now has a few of Belgrade’s most popular bars and clubs. If you really want to turn your party levels up, you can head down to the rivers (the Danube and Sava), where you will find many raft-clubs that play all sorts of music – from tacky eurodance to more indie-type stuff. A classic moment to finish of your Belgradian shenanigans would be to walk over Branko’s Bridge at the crack of dawn and go to one of city’s many bakeries, where you can get a warm burek (a pie made out of pie, as a British friend once described it) to make sure you wake up sans any hangover.