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Sarajevo Nightlife: Experience the best of Sarajevo bars and pubs

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Sarajevo Nightlife

Experience the best of Sarajevo bars and pubs

Sarajevo is one of the most vibrant cities of Eastern Europe. Regardless of weather, timetable or mood, each person can find something for themselves. Sarajevo has a handful of pubs, bars and cafes that will meet the expectations of even the most demanding ones.

Nightlife in Sarajevo refutes even the strongest introverts and simply invites you to socialise. Don’t worry if you’re a solo traveler, just be open-minded and you’ll be surrounded by friends in no time.

Sarajevo Nightlife

Great atmosphere, cheap beer and friendly people

What is extremely specific to Sarajevo is that there is no strict rule that you must follow when it comes to days of the week. Even though young people prefer the weekend, you will have a great time every other day. The Sarajevans thus “invented” Monday for a Sunday break and a perfect start to the workweek, a Wednesday that deserves its place because it is in the middle of the workweek, a Thursday because it is a great day for salsa and a Friday that deserves a throne because it is the last day of the workweek .

Tuesday is not a favorite day though. There are many superstitions around Tuesday that prevent locals from leaving their homes. However, a “support group” on Tuesdays has also recently emerged. If you decide to experience the nightlife on Tuesdays, you will find many people who go out for a spat because it is Tuesday. Either way, Sarajevo is simply the perfect city for nightlife. 

People are always very happy and will take every opportunity they can to go out. Don’t be fooled by being invited for coffee. This call often implies “just one beer” that will end with a great atmosphere, liters of alcohol and an inimitable dance.

The prior thing for a good time in Sarajevo is music. Although you will find different music in different places, the best choice for the Sarajevans is old rock, which in the later hours magically “transforms” into folk music and dance. 

Warm Up in a cosy ambience

Tavern (Birtija)

Place to come back

This is one of the most unique and authentic places in the old town od Sarajevo. It is officially called “Birtija” which means convivial saloon mostly visited by locals. Every birtija should have its local special drink and, at this place, it is visnjevaca- local cherry brandy. Despite not so spacious, the interior is unbelievably cozy and friendly. If you are stuck in with boring conversations, you can relax your mind with plethora interesting wall ornaments and enjoy silent jazz and blues. The staff is incredibly friendly too. As soon as you enter Birtija, you already have a new friend or two.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-11PM

Address: Kovaci 5

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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La Cava

Knight of Sarajevo Bars

Armoured knight at the entrance immediately gives a good feeling about this unusual place. Whether you are into cocktail, a glass of wine or watching some sports with friends, this place is the ideal place to be. Atmosphere of the bar is on a point for having a good time either alone, with friends or your better half. Cosy, small and amazingly decorated, this place serves some of the best wines and cocktails you can find in the city. Moreover, this is a place where you will like home while away from home.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-1AM

Address: Kundurdžiluk 1, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 62 726 031

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Vina i Rakije kod Rake

Great wines and even better rakias

If you are looking for an authentic local place Vino i Rakija kod Rake is the perfect tavern for you. It is all about typical, well-known Bosnian hospitality and “cejf” here. Combined with open minded locals you will get great service, cheap drinks, a cheerful atmosphere and, most importantly, at least a few new friends.

Working hours: 8AM-12AM

Address: Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 10, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 62 188 444

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Zlatna Ribica

Golden Treasury of Sarajevo cosiness

This unique and impressive place is a must while in Sarajevo. The decoration remains on antique steampunk theme and you won’t see many places in the world that include such a level of interior design. The place has its own style which you need to respect so do not expect some over fancy service. The ambience is great (make sure to check out the toilette), staff is very nice and the music (from jazz to classic) is a cherry on a top.

Working hours: Mon-Sat: 8AM-3AM

Address: Kaptol 5, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +38733 836-348

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Sarajevsko Pub

Spicy chips and tasty cheap beer

This unique and impressive place is a must while in Sarajevo. The decoration remains on antique steampunk theme and you won’t see many places in the world that include such a level of interior design. The place has its own style which you need to respect so do not expect some over fancy service. The ambience is great (make sure to check out the toilette), staff is very nice and the music (from jazz to classic) is a cherry on a top.

Working hours: Mon-Sat: 8AM-3AM

Address: Kaptol 5, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +38733 836-348

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Caffe RajvoSa

Authentic representative of Sarajevo culture of socializing

Cafe Bar RajvoSa is the perfect representative of the typical Sarajevo culture and utopia. This is one of the most authentic bars and has got its name drawn from slang (RajvoSa = Sarajevo). If you choose to visit this place, in the charming atmosphere of the garden or in the dark but cozy small interior, you will be able to watch some sports, enjoy Jugoslavian rock music, tasty Sarajevo beer and endless sports dialogues with locals who swore their loyalty to this bar.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 9AM-12AM

Address: Kulovića bb, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +38733 205-371

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Opera

Great shelter after a hard day

Whether you are just into a cup of coffee, a drink or a few, this is a great place to relax after a busy day. The Opera Cafe offers a pleasant atmosphere in which you are never alone. It is a favorite spot for young people who want to relax with a few drinks after work. The Opera also has a great location that will give you a good insight into the picturesque life of Sarajevo.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM-12AM

Address: Branilaca Sarajeva 25

Phone number: +387 33 831-647

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Balkan Express

Jugoslav Rock'n Roll

This is a place where you will easily decide to stay even after a few drinks. It’s great atmosphere will enable you to enjoy the typical Balkan night scene. Here you can be left to yourself or, if you are feeling friendly feel free to engage in conversation with the locals. This is not a place where it matters what you order (as long as it is alcohol). The most attractive thing about Balkan Express is the crew and interesting Casablanca-ish atmosphere. The unappealing thing might be a cigarette smoke but this is the case for most of the places in Sarajevo.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-11PM

Address: Maršala Tita 36

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking area

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Gastro pub Vucko

Delicious snacks and craft beer

This is a true paradise for beer lovers. It offers more than 120 types of beer, 15 of which are craft. Besides drinks you will also have a chance to order some of the delicious snacks and dishes served on a special mat that will take you back to 1984. The bar is named after the mascot of the Winter Olympics and was created with the idea of ​​reminiscing about the golden age of Sarajevo.

Working hours: Mon-Thu: 8AM-1AM; Fri-Sat: 8AM-2AM; Sun: 11AM-1AM

Address: Radićeva 10, 71000 Sarajevo

Phone number: +387 33 208 028

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Festina Lente Pub

"Hurry up but do it slowly"

This bar is named after the bridge Festina Lente and it offers a great view at the bridge right from the window. Just like the bridge, modern but perfectly integrated in the ambience of Sarajevo, this pub is a kind of art. The interior is perfectly calming, the staff extremely friendly and the beer excellent.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-11PM

Address: Radićeva 2, 71000 Sarajevo

Phone number: +387 61 748 970

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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HS Pivara

Birthplace of Sarajevsko Beer

The history, tradition and quality in one place best describe this unique facility. Until the beginning of the aggression in BiH, this pub was a favourite gathering place for poets, writers, actors, journalists and a symbol of the bohemian milieu of Sarajevo. The pub which was previously named “Kod Sameka” was a favorite place of the famous poet Tin Ujevic, who wrote some of his most famous poems in it. Besides a great beer, place is famous for delicious sausages and live performances of local bends.

Working hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-4AM

Address:Franjevačka 15, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 491-100

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Boardroom

Funky Business Masterpiece

Situated in a laneway right in the centre of the old town, this bar is a perfect gem to hide and enjoy some really good music and order something from their menu of craft beer, wines and spirits. It is one of the favourite places of young local artists and, moreover, it has a board shop inside. Although the bar does not have an onsite restaurant, you can easily order some food from the nearby restaurants and enjoy hours in budget friendly drinks and great friendly atmosphere. 

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM-12AM

Address: Đulagina čikma 1, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 238-610

Smoking: There is a separate non smoking area

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Djulagin Dvor

Sevdah Live Music

If you want to experience the typical Bosnian nightlife, this is the right place for you, at least on Fridays and weekends when there are live gigs at the restaurant. The incredible atmosphere will simply make you dance and even learn sing a few verses.  Djulagin Dvor offers a variety of drinks and food that you can order and the prices are absolutely reasonable. Considering that on a day of live music the place is crowded with locals on the it is best to book a table at least a day in advance.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-12AM

Address: Đulagina 10, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387  33 204 343

Smoking: There are no separate non smoking areas

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City Pub

Great parties with live local bends

City Pub is located in the heart of Sarajevo. The club is an extremely popular gathering place for young people who follow the global music trends and successfully transmits them to the BiH and foreign audiences. In addition to regular programs and concerts organised by the club itself, City Pub offers a chance to less known performers show their art. Almost any night you will have a chance to enjoy amazing live music, friendly staff and good beer

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-2AM

Address:Hadžiristića bb, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 837-168

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Tesoro

Cosy cocktail place with great atmosphere

Located in the heart of the city, this small bar will nobody leave indifferent. You might just decide to stay there for the whole night because this is a place where you will never be alone. With a great selection of drinks from (do try some of their famous cocktails and wines), this bar is known for its great local atmosphere regardless of the day of the week. The guiding idea was to play a place where everyone would feel welcome and where the atmosphere would invite you to dance right after your first drink. This pub is known as one of the favourite for summer variants, especially during the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-1AM

Address: Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 61 519 819

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Tesla Pub

One of the most popular places for night out

This bar recently became one of the most popular places for the night out and is recognised by a great atmosphere, tasty food (try their burgers) and really good various music played by some of the best Sarajevo DJ-s. The name of the bar was inspired by the character and work of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla. This is the reason of dark interior, painted ceiling with Tesla’s invention and, most recognisable, life-sized sculpture of the famous scientist in located at the entrance to the pub.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM-12AM

Address: Muvekita 1, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 60 30 52 611

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Celtic Pub

Scotland in the heart of Sarajevo

Don’t be fooled by the name. This pub is named after the Football Club and is one of the best representatives of Sarajevo Pubs. With an excellent craft beer offering, you will be able to enjoy a friendly atmosphere characterized by excellent music and sports channels until late into the night. Pubs are favourite places of Sarajevans for night out, so you will hardly find a place on the weekends. Nevertheless, it is still worth trying out.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM-3AM

Address: Ferhadija 12, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 834-576

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Kino Bosna

Cinema of pure hedonism, Mondays only

As the name suggests, this place used to be a legit cinema. Currently, it has been transformed into a tavern that is open only on Mondays and has become a traditional favourite of locals. With cheap beers and spirits, live sevdah music performers and an incredibly vibrant atmosphere, this place will make you stay as long as possible. The pace of the Kino Bosna is overwhelming and the venue has succeeded in building an idea where Mondays create a perfect correlation between the alternative scene and tradition.

Working hours: Mon: 6PM-12AM, Tue: 12AM:1.30 PM; Thu: 6PM-12AM, Fri: 12AM: 1.30 PM & 6 PM: 12 AM, Sat: 12 AM:1.30 PM

Address:Alipašina 19, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number:+387 61 866 946

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Pivnica Sarajevo

Whiff of Chile merging in old tradition of Sarajevo

Pivnica Sarajevo is a restaurant that combines great hospitality and a unique style of creating Latin American specialties with an abundance of local and international cuisine. This is a also one of the favourite performing places for many local soloists, bands and DJs. They are known for a great garden that is designed as a summer-winter garden which works year-round. The garden is equipped with a complete audio and video system, therefore, perfect haven for all football lovers.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 8AM-2AM

Address: Maršala Tita 7, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number:+387 62 318 624

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Freaky's Pub

Art of classic

We decided to take you through the places where the best Sarajevo crew is and this pub definitely fulfills all the predispositions for being one of the favorite places of people of Sarajevo. With a great atmosphere and music, delicious food and, no matter the fact it is known as a beer pub- great variety of phenomenal cocktails, this place will quickly get under your skin. What is also important is that in this bar you can watch your favorite sports on TV screens.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7AM-12AM

Address: Hamdije Kreševljakovića 8, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number:+387 61 209 124

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Dance until the morning light

Silver & Smoke Club

Under the aegis of Electronic music beats

The club is known as central place for all of the Electronic music fans. The club is famous for being the only club in the country that was nominated two times for the award The Ambassador which is awarded to the best club in the region for most prominent actors in the electronic scene.  In addition to its residents, the Silver & Smoke Club has hosted over 30 major electronic music names and most of the major regional players. Some of them are HOSH, Patrice Baumel, Eelke Kleijn, Edu Imbernon, Lehar, Musumeci, Marko Nastić, Ilija Đoković and any other.

Working hours: Wed-Sat: 10PM-6AM

Address:Zelenih beretki 12, Sarajevo 71000

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Cinemas Sloga

Dance from the dusk till dawn

Cinemas Sloga has a long tradition of being the place that provides enjoyable entertainment with a variety of programs: live music, club concerts, themed and salsa nights, and resident DJ music. Place is most popular on Thursdays and during weekends so make sure to either come earlier or book a table in advance.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 6PM-5AM

Address: Mehmeda Spahe 20, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 218-811

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Underground Club

Sarajevo, city of Rock'n Roll

This is probably one of the best places to visit if you are into live performances of local rock bands. The bar is located in the basement and, during the weekends, it is almost impossible to find available table. Nothing to worry though, you will always find a place to put down your jacket and drinks and energetic atmosphere with great music will certainly prevent you from sitting down.

Working hours: Fri-Sat: 7PM-5AM

Address: Maršala Tita 56, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 218-811

Smoking: allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Pink Houdini

Underground shelter for jazz and blues fans

If you are into jazz this is a perfect place to be. Pink Houdini offers a dark and cosy interior with a truly unique inner decorations. Another plus for this place is the fact it is one of the rare clubs with smoking strictly forbidden which makes a great place for all of the foreign visitors who can’t get used on Balkan tradition of smoking. The place has a very strong character and is not for anyone’s taste so there is a small chance, if you do not connect with it, you might end up a bit bored. The best recommendation is to go with a flow, enjoy some really good music and involve in conversations with very friendly and cheerful visitors and staff.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 24/7

Address:Branilaca Sarajeva 31, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 63 895 190

Smoking: not allowed

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Barometar

Place for a relaxing day coffee and crazy night out

The place is located opposite the national théâtre in the centre of town and is one of the central points during the Film Festival. This is a great place to have a coffee during the day but also a perfect place to enjoy music, good drinks, great service and mingling with locals. Barometar exudes very friendly and relaxed atmosphere in a really nice and charmingly decorated interior.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 7 AM-12 AM

Address:Branilaca Sarajeva 23, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 61 131 552

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Jazzbina

Safe "burrow" for live music enthusiasts

The best way to describe this place is by analyzing its name. Jazz + bina on local language means Jazz stage but if you cut one letter “z” you will get a word which means “burrow”. This is exactly what this club is- a sanctuary for all jazz, blues and R’n’R fans. The interior is very modern and cosy at the same time. For all of you who are interested in quality live music shows and good beverages, this is a just the right place. Club is often crowded and on certain nights they will be charging symbolic entrance fee.

Working hours: Mon-Sun: 11 PM-2AM

Address: Maršala Tita 38, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 61 311 523

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Das Ist Walter

Sodom and Gomorrah of nightlife

Second last and most likely the least favourite place on the list. The club has its points for its vibrant energy and the fact it is also open on Wednesdays. However, except of the fact music is very energetic and the crew is absolutely open minded and far from from any prejudices, do not expect some great service, available tables or polite waiters. This is just the way this places rolls.

Working hours: Wed, Fri, Sat: 11 PM-5AM

Address: Valtera Perica 16, Sarajevo 71000

Phone number: +387 33 831-872

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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Trezor

Urban culture and crash of generations

This is a great place for anyone who wants to experience clubbing in Sarajevo. Trezor is known as a place where you can meet people regardless on their age. It is simply a place that connects all generations. The interior reminds of an atomic shelter and light show gives a special touch to the overall atmosphere. You will certainly enjoy some good vibrations and positive energy here.

Working hours: Fri-Sat: 11 PM-6AM

Address: Kranjčevićeva bb, Sarajevo 71000

Smoking: Allowed, no separate non smoking areas

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