Splavovi, or splav, are Belgrade’s floating river clubs that make the city one of the best to party destinations in the Balkans. Individualized by music genre and décor, there’s a different splav for everyone.
What makes Belgrade’s nightlife incredibly unique is the river floating parties, or splavovi. Splav for short, can typically be found near Ušće waterfront and behind the Belgrade Fair. Each splav features a different type of music, vibe, crowd; but all have spectacular views of the sunset and city lights by night.
Splavs began trending in the late 1960s as private floating boats near Ada Ciganlija – an artificial island altered into a peninsula on the Sava River where Serbs gathered during summer months. These rafts were often owned by elites in society: doctors, politicians, lawyers…etc. During the late 1980s, the first public splav opened as an outlet for locals to escape the harsh reality of civil wars in Yugoslavia. These boats became the perfect venue for criminal activities, such as shootings and fights, since the wealthy used them to compare economic powers. Even today when splavs have risen to be cool clubs drawing an attractive crowd, many Serbs remain to connect the word with a negative connotation relating to high risk of violence.
Some splavs are open year-round, while others only welcome guests during summer season. Every splav specializes in a different genre of music, but expect a good mixture: house, techno, trance, R&B, hip-hop, and even turbo-folk which has recently been popularized as a sub-genre combining folk music and Serbian pop.
Freestyler Belgrade Night Club
Ušće BB, Beograd 11000, Serbia
Freestyler is arguably the most glamorous nightclub in Belgrade, with a reputation of exclusivity and VIP tables. Located right on Sava River, Freestyler is on a floating boat with newly renovated sound and lighting systems. Do make a reservation since the club is always packed. After 20 years, Freestyler has made a name for itself, one as synonymous as the ultimate nightlife experience in the city. For VIP package/table, it’s 330€ per group which allows up to 10 people and also includes two bottles from the menu. Price may change on busier nights.
Klub 20/44 Ušće bb Beograd, 11000, Serbia
Also situated on Sava River, Klub 20/24 is renowned for techno and trance music on the waterfront. Granted, genre also expands to dubstep, house, funk and disco depending on the theme of specific nights. Klub 20/24 is known for live performances and non-stop dancing on two stages. Head there especially during summertime when you can party with the view of lights lit upon the bridge and Old Town. During winter months, soirées are hosted under the deck. This institution highlights mostly local DJs, though Peggy Gou and other international names have made appearances.
Karađorđeva 46, Beograd 11000, Serbia
Savamala has recently become Belgrade’s hottest party district, and much of the area’s reputation has been hyped up by Hype. The same owner as Leto opened Hype in 2017, since then, it has been attracting an urban population and travelers. Wednesday and weekends are the busiest nights. The club is known to deliver a luxury and VIP service. It’s best to make a reservation in advance, and dress smartly. The club has an age policy: 21+.
Leto Splav – Leto Belgrade Night Club
Bulevar vojvode Mišića bb, Beograd 11000, Serbia
As mentioned above, the same owner as Hype also created Leto Splav which can be found at the cross of Sava River and Danube River in Central Belgrade. Since the club’s theme stems from nature, guests find themselves surrounded by greenery and plant-related décor. Leto means “summer” in Serbian, hence this floating boat party has become a favorite among posh night owls looking to dance all night to R&B and disco. Also, be sure to make reservations here since spots are limited and the space fills up quickly.
Bulevar Vojvode Mišića bb (Sajamski kej Beograd RS, 11000, Serbia
One of the hottest places for the chic crowd is Money Club, located in central Belgrade on the Sava River. Internationally-acclaimed and resident DJs spin to hip-hop and R&B hits daily, entertaining a sophisticated clientele. Since it’s the same owners as The Bank Club, expect Serbian elites and athletes glamorously indulge in VIP services at Money Club. The age limit here is 23+, and fashionable dress code is strictly enforced.