Five Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade, Serbia

5 Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade, Serbia

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Before we arrived in Belgrade, Serbia, we had a few expectations (always scary, right?). We expected a buzzing Balkan city. We expected fascinating Socialist-era architecture. We expected signs in Cyrillic. What we didn’t expect was to find amazing craft beer bars in Belgrade – but we did!

We’re not talking about a hard-to-find pub listing just one or two craft beers on their menu. What we mean are Belgrade bars that are dedicated to the craft beer revolution. In a land of watered down, mass-produced lagers, it was like finding the mother lode!


Craft Beer Belgrade, Serbia

Kabinet Beer Glass from Kabinet Brewery craft beer in Belgrade, Serbia

We knew craft beer was being brewed in Serbia; we sampled the sudsy goodness of Kabinet Brewery (which had crossed the border into Slovenia and Croatia) long before we even arrived in Serbia. But, Kabinet doesn’t brew in Belgrade. Their brewery is located in Nemenikuce, a village 30 miles outside the city center. From our previous experience of tracking down craft beer in the Balkans, we were uncertain where we’d be able to scout out Kabinet in the sprawling concrete metropolis of Belgrade.

We were on a mission to seek out craft beer in Belgrade. We made inquiries that led the way to three craft beer bars in Belgrade – and we literally stumbled onto two others. As it turned out, Kabinet wasn’t as difficult to find as we feared it might be. Ranked in order of our affection for each Belgrade bar (which correlates directly to the number of times we visited each Belgrade beer pub during our stay), these are the five craft beer bars in Belgrade that we highly recommend for craft beer lovers!


5 Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade

Let get started with our list of the Best Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade, shall we?


#1 Samo Pivo

Craft beers on Samo Pivo craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Address: Balkanska 13, Beograd 11000, Serbia

Samo Pivo couldn’t be more clear about their mission; their name, Samo Pivo – which so eloquently translates to ‘Just Beer’ – says it all. With 20 craft beers on tap – from Serbia and around the world – and heaps more by the bottle, Samo Pivo clearly demonstrates that, yes, they are all about beer – and craft beer, to boot. The open space feels raw, like the interior of a working warehouse, and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly – creating the best drinking atmosphere we found in Belgrade. It was like all the patrons shared a common secret. (We’ll let you in on it: people come here to drink good beer!)

Craft Beer taps at Samo Pivo in Belgrade, Serbia

During our stay in Belgrade, this was our hangout; our go-to spot for an early evening beer after long days of Belgrade sightseeing. If we stayed in Belgrade any longer, we may have morphed into Norm from Cheers, where we would be emphatically greeted by name each time we walked through the door.

The beers on tap at Samo Pivo craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

The first time we visited, we consulted the chalk board next to the bar listing the current toceno pivo (draft beer) options, but ultimately let the bartenders and helpful customers guide us to hoppy Serbian beers. It was in this process that we discovered Hoptopod IPA, brewed in Belgrade by Dogma Brewery – and that’s the one we kept coming back for. 

Entrance stairs to Samo Pivo craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Pro Tip: Ignore the dodgy entrance – a crumbling staircase next to an escalator that looks like it stalled out in the 1980s – and head inside Samo Pivo for a taste of Serbia’s best craft beers!



#2 The Black Turtle Pubs & Brewery

Blueberry Beer at The Black Turtle craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Address: Pub II – Kosančićev venac 30, Beograd 11000, Serbia / Pub V – Svetogorska 14, Beograd 11000, Serbia

The Black Turtle produces their own beer and sells it from their chain of pubs in the Belgrade city center (there are currently 3 in total). They brew two traditional standards, Pils and Stout, but they have created a niche in fruit flavored beers. I admit, I was skeptical.

I’m not a big fan of fruit/beer combinations – and blueberry beer, their most popular, sounded like beer gone wrong. When the bartender brought the pink foamed beer to the table with a straw in it, I was certain I wouldn’t like it. But, I wasn’t going to fret if I didn’t finish it. Well, I did finish it…and I ordered another. It’s fair to say, the sweet Black Turtle blueberry beer pleased my palette!

Craft beers at The Black Turtle craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

During our time in Belgrade, we visited two of the Black Turtle pubs – II and V. The Black Turtle II is a cozy basement pub on a quiet street (for Belgrade) near the city center. Decorated with antique radios (are all radios antiques now?), old-time rock and roll – of which we could sing along with every song – was pumped through the speakers. The casual hangout is a place where friends gathered at the end of the day to talk, smoke and drink tasty craft beers.

Bar at The Black Turtle Pub craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

The Black Turtle V (now also called Bistro Klemanso) has a completely different vibe. It is open beer parlor, but with a long community table opposite the bright bar. At Black Turtle V you can pick your own tunes from the jukebox and, as an unexpected bonus, there was an airy non-smoking room – definitely a rarity in Belgrade!



#3 Krafter Beer Bar

Peanuts and beers at Krafter craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Address: Strahinjića Bana 35, Beograd, Serbia

We were walking around the Belgrade bohemian quarter, hoping to be drawn into one of the pubs or restaurants in the area once frequented by renowned artists and poets. However, the restaurants lining the famous Skadarlija felt gimmicky and solely focused on tourists, so we detoured west down Strahinjica Bana toward the heart of the Dorcol district in the search of something  local.

We passed plenty of cafés on the tree-lined street, but by then we were already shifting gears and thinking about strolling through Kalemegdan Park instead of popping into a pub. Until we saw Krafter Bar.

Entrance to Krafter craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Like a moth to a flame, we were drawn into the craft beer haven by their chalk board sign quote: Life is too short, drink craft beer. (We just can’t argue with that logic!) The stylishly decorated industrial space was like a well-polished neighborhood pub version of Samo Pivo. Even though the weather was cool, we sat on the outdoor deck in hopes of getting a feel for the neighborhood by people watching. Although we were in the heart of Belgrade, we felt miles away from the city as we sipped beer on the quiet street.

On recommendation from the bartender, I tried the Pale Ale from Crow Brewery, a Serbian microbrewery located in Vranovo, which is about a 45 minute drive from Belgrade….Kris had a Hoptopod. When it got too chilly to stay outside, we retreated to the warm interior. We were joined by only a few other afternoon beer drinkers, but got the sense that Krafter attracts a large local crowd at night.



#4 Prohibicija

Nikolacar Craft Beer in bottles in Belgrade, Serbia

Address:  Karađorđeva 36, Beograd 11000, Serbia

We went to the artsy Savamala district to check out the unique community spaces that have opened in the previously abandoned warehouses. The transitional area nestled on the east bank of the Sava River south of the Brankov Bridge is known to be a hub of nightlife activity. We arrived about five hours early for the party. The two most prominent creative venues, KC Grad and Mikser House (now Hype nightclub), had patrons inside, but we were disappointed to find mass-produced beers dominating the taps.

Drink Nikolacar Craft Beer glass in Belgrade, Serbia

Walking between the two venues, we passed Prohibicija and our eyes lit up at the Kabinet and Nikolacar craft beer signs hanging in the window. The glass front, modern bar is small, but we had the place to ourselves. The fact that they proclaim to be a ‘pre-club bar’ and we were still the first ones to arrive was slightly damaging to the ego (when did we get so old?), but we quickly recovered when we took our first sip of Nikolacar American Idiot Pale Ale. (It was so good, in fact, the name hardly fazed us.)

Outside Prohibicija Pre-Club craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Nikolacar beer is brewed in Belgrade’s Zemun neighborhood, but it was the first time we had seen it on a bar menu. Checking the brewery website did little to shed light into the background of the brew and may have since disappeared all together. Nonetheless, it will rank as one of the best craft beers we tried on our visit to Belgrade – and for that reason alone we give a tip of the hat to Prohibicija Pre-Club Bar.



#5 Miners Pub Belgrade

Beers at Miners Pub craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

Original Address: Rige od Fere 16, Beograd 11158, Serbia 

Like one would expect, Miners Pub is underground; a basement bar decorated with hardhats, mining lamps and beer posters from brewers around the world. Hallways cluttered with kegs and crates of empty bottles lead to dimly lit rooms.

Pinball machines and a foosball table are tucked into a nook – and a larger room is used for darts and live entertainment. The beer list is extensive, but rather than boasting just craft beers, there is an emphasis on quality beers from around the world, highlighted by brews from Germany, Belgium and England.

Cluttered bar at Miners Pub craft beer bar in Belgrade, Serbia

The narrow bar is crammed with bottles and taps, which is a feast for the senses, but offers no place to belly up. Instead, we grabbed a low table near the entrance and perused the long list of beers. The worldwide options are impressive, but we stayed local with a round of Kabinet’s BrrKaaa APA. UPDATE: Miners has taken their show on the road…or, more to the point, on the RIVER. The Miners Raft is now the spot for craft beer in Belgrade on the Sava River. New Address: Savski kej, Beograd, Serbia

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Map Of Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade

Map and Addresses for craft beer bars in Belgrade, Serbia

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Our Top Tips For Your Trip to Belgrade, Serbia

Orange Ball of Fire Sunset over Western City Gate, Belgrade, Serbia

We have a few more travel tips and packing hacks for your visit to Belgrade.


Belgrade Sightseeing Tips

For a better understanding of craft beer in Belgrade (as well as a chance to meet fellow travelers and get local tips), join the BEERgrade Craft Beer Pub Crawl, which is more about good beer than getting drunk. (Those who want to party the night away might be more interested in the Belgrade Pub Crawl.)

As much as we loved drinking at the craft beer bars in Belgrade, there are more sights to see in the city! Get an introduction to the turbulent history of Belgrade by touring important sights. Join a free (tip-based) walking tour, learn about the Communist years or see Belgrade from behind the wheel of a classic Yugo car. For a full-day tour that covers all of Belgrade’s top sights in a single day, go on the Belgrade Big Tour

Go beyond the city limits on a Belgrade Day Trip to Nis, Novi Sad or Pannonia. Or, for an active adventure, go on an exciting kayaking trip on the Danube River. 


Where To Stay in Belgrade

During our visit to Belgrade, we stayed in a great Airbnb Apartment. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space. Belgrade holiday apartments can also be searched on FlipKey (which is part of TripAdvisor) or on VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner

However, for those who prefer staying in traditional accommodations, there are many Belgrade hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Look for a room at the famous Hotel Moskva – or check out these top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews) for your upcoming trip: Boutique Hotel Townhouse 27, Zepter Hotel, and Square Nine Hotel Belgrade

Budget travelers can search for Belgrade Hostels – like White Owl Hostel or Hostel Home Sweet Home


Getting to Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade can be reached by plane, train, boat, bus or car. Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSettingFools, after all!) and we flew to Belgrade from Split, Croatia. When we need to purchase plane tickets, we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.

To get between destinations when flights are not possible (or too expensive), we usually rely on public transportation and take trains or buses. In Europe, we use Rail Europe to find train tickets and our preferred bus company is FlixBus – as it is economical, clean and comfortable with on-board wifi, seat-back entertainment, refreshments and a toilet.

We aren’t keen on driving abroad, but renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and a car rental allows for greater discovery.  


Before You Go to Belgrade, Serbia

  • Belgrade is a walkable city…but only if you have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia, Skechers and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
  • We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip to Serbia. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for high quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures and is a slim and lightweight budget camera).
  • It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city! Make sure to have a good city map and/or guidebook before arriving.
  • Whether you travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you will still want to have a great day pack to organize and secure all of your essential, everyday travel items.
  • If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip to Serbia, consider traveling protected with World Nomads.

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5 Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade, Serbia

16 thoughts on “5 Craft Beer Bars in Belgrade, Serbia

  1. Karen

    Hi from Belgrade. This list is great so far (just got here) although I’d definitely add that I got really frustrated with the noise level at Samo Pivo (really hard to have a conversation) and more than half their beers are non-Serbian (which must be nice for locals). For me, that was a bit disappointing as I really wanted to try more Serbian beers. Krafter is much more quiet and has a better selection. 😉

    • Hello Karen, we’re glad you’re using our post! Samo was thicker with smoke than noise on our visits, timing we guess! We missed out on Berliner but comes highly recommended from others if you have time to check it out. Enjoy your time in Serbia. Živjeli!

  2. Raleigh

    Samo Pivo is great for selection and Miner’s Pub is great for serious beer geeks. I see Gunner’s is mentioned in the comments. Some other great ones are Lakat (with food) in Zemun, Pivopija in Novi Beograd, and further afield Pivski Zabavnik and Srpska Kuca Piva.

  3. anta

    Word of advice from a local, Black turtle pubs suck, try Gunners pub instead (centrally located, search google maps).

    • Gunners looks like a great pub! Not sure how we missed it in our craft beer bar research. Thanks for the great tip – we’ll be sure to check it out next time we’re in Belgrade. We are curious: What don’t you like about Black Turtle? We thought their fruit beers were unique and every time we visited the pubs there was a friendly crowd.

    • Raleigh

      Agreed. Black Turtle is Serbia’s oldest craft beer pub, but they never bothered to keep up with the new craft breweries here.

  4. Great post and I like the addition of the map. We’ll be there in 2 weeks and will check some of these out. I think Samo Pivo close to where we will be staying.
    Sorry, which are your favorites? Are you counting down or are they in order?

    Frank (bbqboy)

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