Tirana in a word: Meh.
Chance of Hooking up: 2.5 / 5
Quality of Girls: 3.5 / 5
Smoking tolerance level: 3 / 5
City guide ratings explained
Beer: Around €2 for a 500ml bottle.
Bed: €16 for a private room.
Bud: €5 a gram
Board: €3 for a meal.
Budget other: Taxi drivers may try and rape you.
Tirana isn’t lacking in character, but it is slightly lacking in atmosphere. The locals are indifferent towards tourists, and rather hostile towards guys dressed as Mexican Pirates. They may be one of the only Islamic countries in Europe, but they are as liberal as any other country in the Balkans. We even saw some lady boys hanging outside the city mosque.
Albanians are slightly more distinctive than other ethnic groups in the region and come from an ancient European group known as the llyrians. They have dark Mediterranean features, unlike many other Balkan women. Their skin is not quite as light as their neighbours in the north and west, but not quite as dark as the Greeks. Most girls are brunettes and the Ottoman influence is visible. Personally, I find the Albanian look quite alluring. English is not quite as prevalent here, but most young women have a decent grasp of it. The city is not exactly on the tourist trail, so hitting the ground cold and running day and night game here is quite effective as you are considered “exotic”. Be warned, public displays of affections are not as common in Albania as other Balkan countries, so isolate. If you want to check out some sexy Albanian girls click here.
Nearly all of Tirana’s night-life centres around Blloku or “The Block”. The place is perfect for a pub crawl. We managed to hit nearly every happening spot, except for the upper-class joint known as Living Room, which apparently is worth checking out. Here is breakdown of some other cool spots in the area. What I like about Tirana is the amount of rock venues…
One of Tirana’s cooler bars. Filled with students and others on most nights, it’s a relaxed place to listen to chilled music and chat, a good environment for meeting girls.
Live music and rock chicks. Opens till late. It can get a bit packed and loud, but there is some talent about.
Great party place with live music. A good place to dance and mingle. A good place to pick up if there’s a crowd. This place was probably the most fun out of the lot.
I don’t usually recommend these kind of nightclubs, but the best looking girls in the city come here. I pulled here, so there’s no reason why you can’t. Just start speaking English! haha
Not much info I’m afraid. Get into local social circles, especially rockers. Try Alfa bar. Expect to pay €5 a gram.
My Tirana Experience
I was here for 2 nights with 3 friends. I was the only one of my mates who had any success with the locals, a testament to the COH rating, especially when you compare Tirana with cities in neighbouring countries. Thursday we started off in Mumja. I hit on a smoking hot girl in front of her friends and she casually brushed me aside. Later, she followed my to the bathroom, snogged the face off me, then left. WTF? I never saw her again. We bounced, but found the rest of the venues were pretty uninspiring on Thursdays. Friday night I had a date with a really sexy girl I met online. We hit it off and spent the whole evening together chatting, kissing and having a good time with our friends in Alfa bar. Didn’t have time in the city for a day 2. Guess I’ll have to back…
All in all, Tirana’s night-life was slightly disappointing. The people are lukewarm and it’s not a place you would miss too much. That said, the girls are hot so check it out!
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