May 11, 2018
Rakija, the potent brandy so popular in Serbia, is usually though not exclusively made with plums. It’s a favourite tipple of Belgraders and has a chain of three bars devoted to it. This (which has a sister bar in Toronto) is the original and arguable the best conveniently located not far from Belgrade’s pedestrianised area of Knez Mihailova and between the ancient fortress of Kalemegdan and the city’s national theatre and museum. It’s a compact space, warm and atmospheric a long and narrow bar lined with red booths and high-backed dark-wood chairs and tables. Once you’ve settled in, take a look at the huge range of Serbian brandies on offer. You’ll quickly learn that there’s more to rakija than its fiery reputation would suggest. There are differences in aroma and flavour, including a smooth and mellow artisanal variety that goes down a treat. Go for the quince brandy if you want to try something a little different, and during the winter months, treat yourself to a mulled brandy. The bar also serves snacks if you decide to settle in for a serious tasting session. The bartenders are hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic and the choice of shots is seemingly endless. Stopping after only one round can be difficult, so be prepared to abandon any other plans you and your companions may have had for the evening. Even if you’re a habitual wine or beer drinker, you’ll be won over. Rakia Bar offers a unique slice of Serbian life that shouldn’t be missed.