Belgrade keywords: Hormonal, lively, surprising.
Chance of Hooking up: 3 / 5
Quality of Girls: 4.5 / 5
Nightlife: 4.5 / 5
Smoking tolerance: 3.5 / 5
Bachelor’s budget: €65+ per day.
Beer: €2-3 for a beer.
Bed: Apartments from €30. Private rooms in hostel around €20.
Bud: $10-15 per gram.
Food: €3 for a stuffed hamburger. €20 for a three course meal at a nice restaurant.
I’ve now visited Belgrade in three different seasons, and every time I return it grows on me more and more.
Belgrade has a gritty, but lively vibe. The city itself is not as pretty as other Balkan capitals such as Ljubljana or Zagreb, but it certainly beats the likes of Bucharest, Tirana, or Sofia. The grandeur and views from the fortress also gives the city an edge.
The best thing about the city is the women. You’ll see some of the best looking women in the world here. They also tend to be very friendly, well-educated, and fun-loving.
Belgrade is also famous for having “the best nightlife in Eastern Europe”, hosting a diverse range of both summer and winter venues. After a summer touring it’s famous “splavs” (boat clubs), I thought it was over-rated, but having recently experienced cold-weather scene bar scene in the city center I changed my mind. By Eastern European standards, the nightlife is great!
Appearance: Frankly, if the women of Belgrade don’t deserve a super high rating, then nowhere does. Serbian girls are the full package.
What you think of the women there will largely depend on what season you go. While visiting in summertime, every guy in my crew said it was the best they’ve ever seen. Visiting in colder months with less skin on show, I thought a little differently, and demoted their rating from 5/5 to 4.5/5.
In my opinion, only my experience in Kiev compares in terms of quality.
Serbian women are quite tall. Average height is 171cm (5’7). The majority of women have dark hair, but you find more blondes here than anywhere else in the Balkans. They have pretty faces and they take great care of their bodies. You will almost never see a fat chick.
Demographics: Belgrade has a population of 1.7 million. Around 90% are ethnic Serbs, with other groups from former Yugoslavia making up most of the rest.
Attitudes: Despite the unfortunate events of the 90’s, Serbians are a proud people and go out of their way to make a good impression. I expected to them to be cold like Moscowvites, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I’d say they are some of the nicest people in all of Eastern Europe, and having re-visited a third time I can say that with certainty. The country is still largley off-the-radar for tourists, so foreigners still have a degree of exotic capital and receive a warm welcome as a result. Hopefully Ryanair don’t start flights there and ruin it!
Serbian women are slightly more conservative than those in Western countries, Croatia and Slovenia, but they are more liberal than Macedonians, Albanians and Bosnians. One night stands are very possible.
Gaming Strategy: Most pick-up guys who have visited the city say the same thing: day game is king. The streets are literally teeming with hot girls during daylight. The best spots for day game are Republic Square, Belgrade fortress, and the main pedestrian street, Kneza Mihaila,
At night, everything depends on the venue. The choice is overwhelming. The club scene can be a little pretentious. Girls often go out in mixed groups, and most of the late venues with quality women have Russian-style don’t-move-from-table bottle service. That said, there is a great pub and disco-bar scene. Just follow my recommendations below.
Regardless of your method, Serbian girls are pretty approachable and their level of English is excellent. Language is not an issue.
Accommodation: Aside from AirBnb, there are many other websites for apartment rental in Belgrade. If you’re travelling in the summer, make sure you book a place at least a month or two in advance. Regardless of the season, stay as near as possible to Republic Square. We stayed in Apartment Summer with Basco Apartments. I highly recommend it. Other sites to check out are Belgrade-Apartment and My-Apartment-Belgrade.
Getting High: Weed was surprising easy to get your hands on. You just have to ask around with young people around the likes of Republic Square. Expect to pay $10-20 an 1/8. A 5 gram bag will cost around $50.
Gym: Check out Green Zone gym. They do day passes for €5 and have everything you need.
There are two types of venues in Belgrade, summer and winter venues.
This guide has now been expanded to include both.
The bar scene is cool, but the club scene is so-so. Hopefully you can find a happy medium to suit you.
While the splav scene is some kicking 7 nights a week, the quality of these venues is disappointing.
Most decent places a) require males to reserve tables in advance b) only do bottle service and encourage you to stay at your table and c) are pretentious as balls and play terrible techno turbofolk horseshit that makes you want to drill your brains out.
If you want to see what I’m talking about, check out Time Out Klub if you must. There are 8s and 9s a plenty. Also, it’s busy. (It was even packed on a Tuesday.) However, I don’t recommended this place aside from observation.
If you really want to have fun, I recommend Povetarac Splav. Most Belgradians will scoff at this suggestion. It’s almost the polar opposite to the famous club next door, River.
It has no dress code, they serve beer in plastic clubs, and it’s super laid back. No matter where we went those summer nights, we always ended up back at this place. It attracted a crowd every night, the DJs played everything from Mo-Town to Calvin Harris, and the girls were a cool mix of foreigners and liberal locals.
The only problem is the quality can be hit or miss and the male to female ratio can really suck. Regardless, this place was by far the most craic and my crew and I had few problems pulling here.
While updating this guide, another place that was recommended to me a few times was 20/44 club. It’s right beside Poveratac and reportedly has the same atmosphere, but it’s open all year round. I didn’t get a chance to check it out, but have heard nothing but good things.
Here’s a vid showing some other spots (not mine).
Outside of summer I don’t feel there is a need to cross the river. There is plenty of action in the city centre. Here’s a good pub crawl for you…
Next, maybe fill the belly on Belgrade’s most famous restaurant street Skadarska street (I like Dva Jelena) before hitting up the large nightlife area right beside it.
In a large parking lot off Cetinjska Street (location here), you’ll find a large square with several bars and clubs surrounding it. You do a small bar-hop here if you like, but my advice is just to do one or two venues and keep moving. My favourite spot was hipster hangout Polet.
After here, head to one of the most interesting bars in Belgrade, Balznavac. Be sure to explore all its nooks and crannys, and not miss the back area.
Around midnight head west to somewhere more lively. Near Republic Square a really cool venue is Wurst Platz. It’s free entry and has two sections. One smaller area has is more for dancing, and a larger area had live music and more of a pub vibe. Crowd is a mix. It’s a decent place to pick up.
Further westm others players recommend several venues around the Brankov bridge, the student area. The only one I checked out was nightclub Tranzit, which I vaguely recall because I was wasted, but I remember thinking it was cool.
For more info I strongly recommend you check out the other reports mentioned below in the Resources section.
My Belgrade Experience
Archive from my second visit to the city:
My second visit was way better than the first. My first time was tame as I was travelling with a Scandinavian girl in the middle of winter. This time around, we were five lads on a 3-day piss up. Everybody loved the city! One night, we invited a load of girls from Povetarac back to our apartment for an after party. Result. I bedded a sultry Greek and my bro was with a cute local. Wanting to meet some Serbs myself, I also went on dates with two local girls my last day. I didn’t get my Serb flag until Novi Sad though—and she found this blog the next day! She was cool about it though. She’s probably reading this right now. Here’s a video of our experience.
I also met with forum member Omsy for a coffee. Cool guy.
Experience of Others
Omsy, a 20-something Englishman of Egyptian decent, had this to say…
The girls here are truly beautiful. They are slim, they now how to dress, and they have very pretty faces as well. People are very tall, including the girls (especially with heels). The city itself has a genuine feel to it, not yet affected by mass exodus of tourists which I liked, the negative to this factor is that it can become very clicky. In the summer, during the day, I noticed most people like to hang in the cafes, from around midday to 11 pm, they hang out in tight groups and I found it hard to integrate into these groups via cold approaches.
My general view is that you will have more fun if you know a few locals in the city, I feel the barriers are broken more easily when a) you can speak Serbian and b) you are introduced to people and considered a somewhat local. Furthermore, due to the clicky nature of the place, you have to be extremely active in approaching and making opportunities happen.
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For more info on Serbia, or if you have any questions, check out the links below or leave a comment.
Belgrade Datasheet April 2017 by Beirut from RVF
Everything about Serbian women by Reborn Masculinity
The Belgrade Diaries by Krauser
Ultimate Guide to Belgrade Women by Ben Akiba rvf
Belgrade Data Sheet by Polish Rumble rvf