Although craft beer seems to be thriving in Serbia, in general for some reason the craft beer scene in Novi Sad (which you can see from my article Eating & Dining in Novi Sad) seems to be a tad bit better than the one in Belgrade. Why this is, I have no idea but here I’ve listed the best craft beer bars in Belgrade.
Miners Pub deserves to be the first on my list because it was also the only real place for proper beer geeks. It’s located in the basement of a typical serbian house you can find in the old town. You can find the Miners Pub at one end of the Strahinjica Bana close to the Kalamegdan Fortress.
Miners Pub was actually my favourite craft beer bar in Belgrade and during my whole trip to Serbia and I’d return any time. The owner was very friendly and also very knowledgeable and they offered up to 10 serbian beers on tap. Unfortunately they have no place to sit outside and that’s why it’s also more popular during the winter when they also have a better selection but it’s still a definite place to go to for any beer lover in Belgrade.
Address: Rige od Fere 16, 11000 Belgrade
In 2016 I visited the Samo Pivo branch in Subotica and I really liked it, you can imagine I was pretty excited about visiting their location in Belgrade as well.
This place is actually huge and has a very rustic and industrial feel to it. I can imagine it gets pretty crowded in the evenings and the places have both seating inside and outside. They have a large selection of taps including beers from Serbian craft breweries (Kabinet & Kors) and foreign ones like Thornbridge Brewery.
The staff had some good knowledge about the beers and were also friendly. Samo Pivo is located on Balkanska but there’s no proper sign from outside so I found it a bit hard to find although it’s actually right in your face, just ask people around the area and they’ll gladly point you to the right direction.
Address: Ulica Balkanska 13, 11000 Belgrade
Krafer was quite a disappointment for me. I had heard about Krafter online before coming to Belgrade and I had high expectations. It was pretty much the most hipsterish craft beer bar I found in Belgrade but it was also the one with least appreciation for the beer. The place had a very Balkan vibe over it, typical Serbian craft breweries like Sindikat, Kabinet and Tron were available, but the love for the beer just wasn’t there.
Krafter was basically just another stylishly designed bar that just sold craft beer and that’s it. If you want to try some of the local brews then Krafter might be for you but if you want to go to a craft beer places with like-minded people then I’d recommend you to go to either The Miners Pub or Samo Pivo.
There’s both outside and inside seating and the beers are in the 200-300 dinar range.
Address: Strahinjica Bana 44, 11002 Belgrade
So what about other places for craft beer in Belgrade?
The Serbian craft beer scene is there but I feel it’s still taking baby steps. They’re however working very hard and I hope soon it will be able to catch up to give the brewers an infrastructure they really deserve. The improvements since 2016 have been huge and I actually managed to find some really good brews from Serbian craft beer pioneers Sindikat, Kabinet and Kors.
Also as Krafter was a bit of a disappointment I’ll give you another location that I unfortunately didn’t have the time to go to but that’s supposedly really good and it’s more of a bottle shop than a bar. Check out Pivopija which is located in Zemun, Zemun is otherwise also a perfect place to go for a day trip and you can find their Facebook here.