We visited La Terrasse Cafe Bar one evening during our visit to Ohrid in March 2012.
While Ohrid itself was quiet at that time of year, La Terrasse was bustling on the evening that we visited.
La Terrasse is located on the upper floor of a small shopping mall on Sveti Kliment Ohridski, right in the centre of town. It enjoys a corner location, with large windows looking out over the popular pedestrianised street below.
The atmosphere was a little smoky, but we found a table in the corner away from the worst of the cigarette smoke. I could just about see the TV screen that was showing an English Premier League football game between Manchester City and Chelsea.
The drinks menu was entirely in Cyrillic, but it wasn't too difficult to translate most of the drinks on there. There was a selection of beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and hot drinks, but no cocktails.
I opted for a 330ml bottle of Skopsko beer (70 MKD / £0.95) and Emma opted for a 187ml bottle of Skovin Reisling white wine (100 MKD / £1.40).
The drinks prices were very reasonable considering this was a busy, central and slightly trendy cafe bar.
Serendipity is indeed a wonderful thing and our discovery of the Duck Cafe was the perfect examplar. Having enjoyed our official dinner, along with speeches, presentations, dancing and beers, at the Belvedere restaurant those of us still with a thirst headed towards the old city in search of further refreshments.
We'd hardly walked 50 metres when the brass nameplate on the wrought iron gatepost of what looked like a promising terrace caught my eye - "Kafe Bar Dak - working hours 0900 - 0200".
Looked good to us and so in we trooped. We got a warm welcome from the young waitress (the one I instantly fell in love with) as she rearranged the tables for us and then proceeded to serve the drinks - a job which kept her fully occupied for the next couple of hours.
The Duck Cafe itself is an elegant, white-painted, three storey art deco building on the edge of the main square and overlooking the harbour. At the front is the covered garden terrace which has its own bar and even on a quiet Sunday at the end of May had a pleasant local buzz. Indoors is a warren of connecting rooms with more art deco touches and lots of photographs of the various bands and musicians who have appeared there. The owner, Velimir, is himself an accomplished musician and regularly fronts the house band which led to stage two of our first visit.
As our group began to thin out towards the official closing time of 2 am Fergy got chatting to Velimir and next thing we knew a guitar was produced and we were treated to an impromptu jam session. And of course you can't have music without beer and so that rounded off our Sunday night perfectly.
I have to say that the habits of night life in Ohrid surprised me. I'm not young any more - let's say middle years:))) - and I'm not used to stay long at night (till midnight) .
But night life in Ohrid starts let's say after 11 p.m., with it's culmination at about 2 or 3 a.m.
and ends at about 5 a.m. When you go out on the street at 2 a.m. the noise is unbearable and if you have a room with a window overlooking the main street, you have to accept that you won't sleep till morning.
No Nightlife tip, more an evening tip: What does one do in Ohrid at evening? You go to the lake. There you can eat or have a drink, and talk well in small and pretty restaurants everywhere. Or one makes a shopping tour, because the shops almost everywhere in the centre are opened very long . There is life in the town centre of Ohrid in the evening.
They don't know any time limits. Might be there is dance or loud music up to the next morning. Unfortunately, I have experienced myself, adé and sleep well. :)
In addition to the many shops, there are many cafe bars on Kliment Ohridski street near the main square looking out to the lake. This area still seems to be busy and full of life up until closing at 1 or 2AM. A good place to hang out for a few drinks before moving on to one of the clubs.
On weekends, during the summer, there are often live music concerts scattered around the main pedestrian malls and at the Roman Amphitheatre. The music is great and just adds that much more to a vibrant town.
The most popular nightclub/disco in the town (so we were told).
Although a bit outside the center, you will not struggle to find it.
It's quite crowded there on weekends, with nice people and hardly any trouble.
They even have nice outside area, a balcony, decent offer of drinks and silly admission fee.
Dress Code: No dress-code as far as I can remember!!
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