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Cekaonica, BIGZ Belgrade

Cekaonica, BIGZ - review by Nicole Allmann

Style: Jazz club with a rooftop panoramic view terrace

Address: Bulevar Vojvode Misica 17 , floor 8 , Belgrade
Area: Belgrade Fair Grounds

Phone: 381612511222

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Chill out absorbing Belgrade panorama and jazz sounds from the city’s coolest rooftop terrace which belongs to the club which used to house a workers’ canteen for decades. Cekaonica translates into Waiting Room, a concept created by two students who felt their generation was immobilized and disempowered by the Balkans turbulent nineties and noughties, waiting for their life to actually start.


So they were proactive, and opened a jazz club at the most amazing spot which allows for wide panoramic views of the city, situated in a monumental yet neglected Bauhaus building which was once famous Belgrade Publishing and Graphics Institution, the largest regional printing office. The building is a UNESCO cultural heritage site, but you should capture the moment and enjoy the run down industrial atmosphere and unique vibe while you can, since a major gentrification process is likely to take place and turn this art and cultural oasis into another high end hotel, while young bands and other performers will have to find rehearsal studios elsewhere and you will still be able to admire the same views, but with a much higher price tag and no coolness factor.


If you are an artist or musician yourself, you can even ask to perform or display your art. There is a regular weekly jazz bands schedule, meaning all jazz genres can be fully enjoyed, from bebop and Dixieland to funk. Drinks are affordably priced and there’s no club entrance fee.

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