It is the maxim of good bars everywhere: the harder to find, the better it is – and Belgrade’s Jazz Bašta is no exception. At first glance Bašta’s address appears to be a row of derelict turn-of-the-century townhouses, lining an inconspicuous stairway leading down from the Brankov Bridge into the Savamala neighbourhood. Actually, these dilapidated residences are now home to several modern venues, one of which is Bašta, a bar and jazz club nestled within the brick ruins.
Bašta means garden in Serbo-Croat, and the bright flowers, twinkling lights and creeping vines do lend a garden party vibe to this well-hidden wonderland. Move inside and Bašta gets a bit more serious, with dark timbers and moody lighting providing the backdrop for the local and international jazz acts who perform here several nights a week. Besides the usual beverage suspects (including Serbia’s liquor of choice: rakija), Bašta’s menu offers some original house cocktails and light bar snacks – all that’s left is to sit back, sip, and enjoy the show.