Party Like a Belgradian by Jen Zipf of glitterballnyc
Where to dance in Belgrade, Serbia.
For six years, this now-legendary floating club (or “splav”) on the Sava River has brought the highest quality house, balearic, soul, funk, and obscure techno to Belgrade’s party people, including long-running parties like Disco Not Disco and insane lineups like Baby Ford, Daniel Bell, Zip, and more on a recent Sunday (for a mere 500 RSD, or roughly US$5). Open year-round (parties are below-deck in the colder months), 20/44 has everything you want in a night out: a sweaty dancefloor, sexy red lighting, a smoke machine, cheap drinks, makeouts galore, and, as you’ll find is the norm all over Belgrade, copious amounts of cigarette smoking (pro-tip: check your coat for a gentler-smelling garment to wear home).
Savski kej BB, 11070 New Belgrade, Serbia
After moving from its original warehouse last year to its 1,000-capacity “techno cathedral,” Drugstore has become a nightlife force to reckon with in Belgrade. The multi-room venue books the biggest house and techno names from around the world (2015 has seen the likes of J.T.C., The Black Madonna, DVS1, and Dasha Rush on the decks) and is known for its DIY aesthetic and no-bullshit-just-stellar-music vibe, attracting a huge following of music heads. With its somewhat remote location, you’ll want to take a cab there (you’ll likely find a line of cabs waiting when you exit, too). Take note: Most taxi drivers in Belgrade don’t speak English, so be sure to have the address for where you’re going written down.
Bulevar Despota Stefana 115, Belgrade, Serbia
Similar to Brooklynites and Berliners, Belgradians dig things that are “underground.” Situated in a residential building (with no signs bearing the bar’s name – you’ll want to head to the first door on your left once inside) and feeling very much like your friend’s artsy living room, Bivši Bar (which translates to “Ex Bar” in English) offers an intimate spot for the city’s cool kids to hang, chat, drink, and dance to house and hip-hop DJs.
Kosovska 32, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Situated in the trendy Savamala district, this multipurpose space plays host to art exhibitions, fashion shows, workshops, and more by day, while providing a haven for dance music fans by night, like a recent Banda Panda night that featured an excellent set from Amsterdam’s Juju & Jordash. Need more proof of KC Grad’s cool factor? Club Mate is now on the drink menu.
Braće Krsmanović 4, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Jen Zipf is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of glitterballnyc.com, an awesome site about all things dance music in NYC!