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There’s nothing pretentious or off-putting about this stylish but welcoming early evening spot in the hip Savamala district. Go and enjoy.
There has been a trend over the last couple of years in Belgrade of bars advertising themselves as the perfect place to get drinks before heading out into the larger and louder city nightclubs, and Prohibicija is definitely one of the best in this category.
Located in the Savamala district, right under Brankov Bridge, which is currently the hippest neighbourhood in the city centre, the location alone makes it a great place to start the night.
It is literally steps away from some of the coolest and trendiest bars and clubs like KC Grad, Corba Café, Dvoristance and Mladost.
Prohibicija’s best asset is that it is charming and disarming, not only in terms of decor and style, but in general atmosphere. Nothing comes off as forced or lofty about it.
The simple fact that the bar didn’t take the obvious route of decorating the interior like some sort of 1920s speakeasy with images of Chicago gangsters and barrels of bootleg booze is reason enough to commend the design. Nothing in the bar really associates with Prohibition – and that’s a good thing.
The design is minimal and smart, with the dominant colours being black, white and grey and the art on the walls was obviously chosen by someone who knows what they are doing.
One of the best aspects of the bar is the lighting, which is made up mostly of swing-arm adjustable desk lamps of the kind that you might find in an office or at manicurists.
These lamps are either hanging on the wall or are combined into a bouquet of black metal to create strange, angular makeshift industrial chandeliers on the ceiling.
Another great feature is that the exterior wall of the club is a giant window, which not only creates the illusion of space but gives you a full view of the busy streets of Savamala, where you can see who is going where and what they’re wearing.
The bar’s patrons are typical for the Savamala neighbourhood – mostly casual 30-somethings – relaxed and sociable. Since there are so many different types of bars and nightclubs in this small neighbourhood, the mix of people is pretty diverse, but it works. Sometimes you will even see people who couldn’t get into a more upscale, crowded bar on the weekends wander into Prohibicija, dressed a bit more elegantly than everyone else, but everyone seems welcome.
This bar really is indiscriminate and unpretentious, which means anyone can visit and have a good time. Whether you’re looking to warm up for a long night out in the clubs or just a drink with some colleagues after work, Prohibicija will fit the bill marvellously.
Address: Karadjordjeva 36
Phone: +381 11 2635-894
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