Bar 91: Ye Olde English Pub
It is a nice Brit style bar on one of the main drags in Pristina. It is easy to find (this is a real plus as taxi cab drivers in Pristina have real problems finding their way anywhere). It is an expat crowd and very British Islands/Ireland orientation as the sports on TV are international football and snooker and darts not a likely draw for Americans. For any Brit readers I'm (mostly) pulling your leg. I had the cheeseburger and is was a 6 or 7 out of 10. My traveling partner had the fish and chips and rated them about the same. It would be a fun place to spend an evening if you can stand to watch football for more than 7 minutes.
Lot of new bars in Pristine
Just back from Kosovo and in the two years since last visiting a lot has changed. Pristine has a lot of new very stylish bars. Sadly some of the old bars have gone such as the Pheonix. Still something there but not what it was. A lot of the bars are still up on Rexhep Luchi. Strip Depot is still there. Have a look down some side streets for some good bars, Its all quite safe nowadays. One thing, avoid Halloween. it sounds like the war has restarted.
Bar 91: One of the best pubs in Pristina!
Bar 91 is the closest thing to an English style pub that I have seen in Pristina so far. It is a great laid back atmosphere to have a couple drinks in. They also have a large menu. I would recommend the fish and chips and the chicken sandwich. They have Guiness and Peja on drought and couple nice American bourbons. Friday nights are very busy with lots of international visitors. The bar turns into more of a club with house music and gets very crowded.
Dress Code: No real dress code, jeans are fine.
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Soul Bar (aka Johnny's Bar): Good Music for Good People
Soul Bar is, hands down, the best bar in Pristina. This cozy bar is off the beaten path a bit, but is quickly becoming a Pristina favorite. Perhaps the most striking feature of this bar is the sound system (and the man running it) - a state of the art turn-table running nothing but LPs all night long. The bartender/owner (Johnny) is often serving drinks as he spins records -- an amazing site.
As the name implies, the majority of the tunes played on the turn-table are classic soul and funk. This combined with the cool clientele, makes the atmosphere in this small bar simply amazing. Come for the cool music, stay for the people!
The bar offers standard drinks (beer, rakia, liquor). No food. This place is a must-visit if you find yourself in Pristina!
Note: At the time of writing there was no exterior sign for the bar. The door is small and has three reddish bubbles on the exterior.
Dress Code: Whatever you have on
Gebo Club: Ummmm
If you are 19, single, and not incredibly sophisticated, Pristina's new Gebo club is probably the place you will want to spend your Thursday through Saturday nights. The club, which was converted from an old movie theatre, opens at 11:00 PM and there is a 3 Euro cover charge for me.
This dance club plays a mixture of electronica and pop music and always seems to attract far more men then women. Drinks are reasonably priced for a dance club, but that is about the only positive of this place. Maybe worth a visit if you are really bored and have nothing else to do.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Depot: Pristina's Popular Club
Depot or Strip Depo is one of Pristina's most popular international hangouts for those that like loud hip-hop, rap, and club music. The club fills to beyond normal fire code capacity by US standards at night and the party lasts until early in the morning.
If you arrive early enough there are couches and chairs located in the back of the club. There also is free wi-fi available.
The crowd ranges from 20s to mid-30's.
Dress Code: No dress code.
The locals usually dress in casual club wear. Hip jeans, t-shirt, and a jacket. The ladies are usually more dressed to impress in true club fashion...skinny jeans, small tops, and high-heels.
International dress varies from jeans to suits.
Hard Rockers Club: Live Rock Bands
One of the few rock clubs in Pristina, Hard Rockers Club features live bands. The club also arranges trips down to Skopje where more musicians visit...for instance, you could have gone to see Placebo on 12 June in Skopje by bus for only 37 Euros for the trip and tickets!
Unfortunately, their English site is under construction but the Albanian site is full of information about upcoming events.
The club sponsors what I'd call the Kosovo Rock Festival or "Rock per Rock"
Dress Code: No dress code...dress to rock & parrrrty
Phoenix Bar: The Expat Hangout
The Phoenix Bar is the hangout in Kosovo for expats. The bar is themed as a British sports pub of sorts. TVs are all around so fans can catch their favorite football, rubgy, or even cricket teams.
On the weekends there is occassional live music provided by Nazi (Naw-zee, not the other way to say it!) and sometimes there is a Dj mixing up classic 80's hits. It's not really a dance club but sometimes there will be one or two people moving to the music.
Most people go to Phoenix to meet with friends and have some drinks. There is a relaxed atmosphere and the bar will pretty much stay open as long as you want to drink.
Dress Code: No dress code. People wear everything from jeans & sneakers to suit & tie.
Zanzi Bar: Best live music in the region
This place has live music almost every night, served up by the "Zanzi Band". Extremely talented musicians by any measure, these guys generally ease into the night with jazz jams, and slowly work into a frenzy of international and local classics for dancing and having a great time.
The location itself could easily be a pub somehwere in the UK. Small, intimate and always full. You will find a mix of locals and foriegners here chatting about the world and getting their groove on.
Dress Code: No real dress code. Although the locals are almost always dressed for success. Italian and UK style is reflected in the hip youth.
Strip Club: Strip Club- but not as it seems
Try the Strip Club/Bar- between Mother Therese and UN HQ.
By the way its not a Strip Bar, nice smallish place kinda like having a few beers in ur grannys front room!!. Decor real nice , great atmosphere, almost exclusively local which is even better, real friendly people.
Dress Code: Causual
Strip Depot: A hip, quiet place to meet friends
This place is NOT a strip club ;) It's a little cafe based on comic strips. The front wall of the place is wide open and leads right onto the front deck. This is a great place for a juice, cup of coffee or a nice wine. A few of the more progressive politicians are known to hang out here from time to time.
Home: Good place to dance and hang out
This place is called Home, and it's not too far from the statue of Mother Teresa. it's about 1 Euro for a beer. The design inside is modern, but warm and there's always a full crowd groovin inside.
Dress Code: Go just like you would to a bar in any other European country.
Lounge: Live music, good beer, outdoors in the city
Check out the bar called Lounge. It's owned by two brothers who lived in England for a while, so there's almost always some soccer on the tele. It's an outdoor bar in the summer and is packed elbow to elbow almost every night. Occassionally they have live music. Great place to start a conversation with some locals just hanging out.
Dress Code: People in Prishtina generally dress according to common european standards. Better than your average american college student, but there's really no specific requirements here.
8 Bar: Best Chillout Bar ever !
8 Bar, situated opposite the grand hotel in a quiet allieway near the new cakeshop is one of the finest chillout venues in europe.
great place, lots of artists hanging out staying out of the cold kosova winter.
amazing place ! spent many hours whiling away the time we had in kosovo here !
Dress Code: No dress code - 'cos its a nice and chilled venue.
The Kosova National Theatre: Act it out ...
After the NATO intervention the Kosova culture came back to life. Please see the website below for an account of "The Return".
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