Nightlife Tirana: city in constant evolution, the capital of Albania has opened up to international tourism and offers some good options for nightlife to tourists of all ages. Here is the guide to the discos and nightclubs of Tirana.
Like other cities in the Balkans, Tirana has experienced a profound transformation in recent years. The Albanian capital today presents itself as a mix of cultures and architectural styles and offers numerous attractions to tourists who come to visit. In general, Albania is opening up more and more to international tourism, with its splendid coastal resorts and its hinterland offering visitors numerous itineraries or the possibility of a nightlife .
The nightlife of Tirana is not comparable to that of the great European capitals. Although the Albanian capital has been emerging from difficult years, Tirana is rapidly closing the gap with other cities, and is able to attract more and more tourists thanks to an ever-increasing number of nightclubs, discos and pubs, able to offer young people a good offer for night entertainment .
The nightlife of the Albanian capital is varied and is centered on a decent variety of clubs open until late, with live music, famous DJs, dancing and entertainment until the morning. On the other hand, there is no shortage of trendy cocktail bars and classic beer houses where you can drink until late at night.
Usually, the evening begins with the "xhiro" , an evening walk with friends, stopping for an aperitif in some bars, to then move to the discos of Tirana , usually Balkan-style nightclubs with trendy music and people dancing around the tables .
Tirana's nightlife is mainly concentrated in the Blloku , definitely the center of the city's nightlife, crowded on weekends by hundreds of young people looking for a party. This is the most famous and expensive area of Tirana: it was once the residential area of the communist elite, while today Blloku is the coolest and most avant-garde area in the whole city, very popular with young people. Here you will find many, shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and discos.
Wandering around the neighborhood, you can stop in an elegant wine bar for an aperitif based on local products and then continue with the evening with excellent cocktails and live music. Also in this district you will find the best discos in Tirana , with trendy events and internationally renowned DJs.
Other nightclubs have recently moved to more peripheral areas, following the limitations on closing times imposed on Blloku's clubs and bars. You can find some along the Via Elbasani.
During the summer, many of Tirana's bars and clubs open their doors in various locations along the Albanian Riviera. So, if you want to combine a trip to the Albanian capital with a weekend by the sea, don't miss the best party beaches in the country. Among these, the most famous are Llaman , a small but wild bay, Dhërmi with its legendary Havana Beach Club , Drimadhes with Pepperon the Beach , Jal Beach with Folie Marine , Porto Palermo for the artistic crowd, which hosts occasional fantastic events such as festivals jazz and many other places.
Clubs and discos in Tirana
(Shëtitorja Murat Toptani 1, Tirana) Open Friday and Saturday from 11.30pm to 5.00am.
Located a few steps from Skanderbeg Square, Folie Terrace is the most famous nightclub in Tirana . This club is absolutely worth a visit if you are looking for good music and dance vibes. The music played here is mainly house, electro, dance and disco, and hosts the best Balkan DJs. Always crowded on weekends, this club is one of the best places to dance in Tirana , but also just to sit and enjoy a great cocktail. There is also an outdoor area which is very popular during the summer.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tirana) Open Friday and Saturday from 23.00 to 6.00.
Located in the Blloku district, Lollipop is one of the biggest clubs in Tirana . The club has a capacity of 500 people and the musical programming is focused on electronic dance music, with the best DJs from all over the world. Admission costs around 500 LEK, the equivalent of 3.5 Euros, and on Thursday evenings you will also have a complimentary drink included in the price. Undoubtedly one of the icons of Tirana's nightlife.
(Rruga Elbasanit, Tirana) Open Friday and Saturday.
Located on the outskirts of the city, behind the large artificial lake and student district, Vox Palace is a large Tirana nightclub with a modern design and frequented by a younger crowd, especially students. A plus here are the great drinks on offer. Get ready to dance until the sun comes up.
(Vaso Pasha, Brigada VIII, Vila 4/1, Tirana) This disco bar frequented by the young people of Tirana is large and often crowded, with music that varies according to the day of the week.
Tulla Culture Center
(Rruga Medar Shtylla, Tirana) Tulla is a cultural center that organizes musical events with famous singers, but also cultural and social activities. The place attracts a young crowd and hosts interesting evenings, so keep an eye on their site if that's your thing.
The bars and pubs of Tirana
Pepper Concept Bar
(Rruga Brigada and VIII Nr. 6, Tirana) A landmark of Tirana's nightlife , this upscale bar is one of the few that has retained its initial charm, and boasts a beautiful outdoor garden. This is one of those places to see and be seen. The ideal place for an aperitif in Tirana , after a day of visiting museums and galleries.
(Rruga Brigada and VIII, Nr. 3/520, Tirana) Open every day from 8.00 to 2.00.
Located in the center of Blloku, Dada is an elegant lounge bar in Tirana that boasts a beautiful outdoor garden, always very busy during the summer months, with nice people and great music. During the winter months, the party moves into the large indoor space with live concerts by local bands.
Radio Bar Tirana
(Rruga Ismail Qemali P. 29, Tirana) Open every day from 10.00 to 24.00.
With a vintage look, unique furnishings and old radios scattered here and there, Radio Bar is one of the best cocktail bars in Tirana . The interior design features furniture from the communist period, including old photos and movie posters hanging on the walls. Always very popular, this bar offers cheap drinks and often organizes evenings with DJ sets. The music ranges from jazz to blues to electronic music, although it is not a place where people go to dance.
(Rruga Andon Zako Çajupi, Tirana) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00.
Located in the Blloku district, this former bunker has been transformed into a small and original bohemian-style lounge bar. Inside there are lots of communist-era decorations and furniture, paintings, old vinyls, clocks and radios. There is a great selection of beers available, including IPA, London Porter and London Pride, and a friendly international crowd. Cocktails are served in jam jars and there is live acoustic music most nights.
(Rruga Kont Urani, Tirana) Open Monday to Saturday from 18.00 to 2.00.
Located a little off the beaten track, in a beautiful old part of town just behind the Ministry of Education, Hemingway boasts a choice of over 100 rums and old-fashioned decor with a bohemian touch. There are also jazz, blues and tap dance concerts, all in a friendly atmosphere.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani 101, Tirana) Fantastic disco-bar that hosts live music performances and parties during the weekend with the best musical hits of the 60s and 80s. You also find excellent cocktails accompanied by good food.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tirana) This beautifully renovated villa houses a fusion restaurant on the first floor, with indoor and outdoor spaces, serves exquisite sushi and al dente pasta and includes a cocktail bar on its 2nd floor outdoor terrace. The best urban lounge in the Albanian capital!
Padam Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
(Rruga Papa Gjon Pali II, Tirana) Located within an elegant villa, Padam quickly became one of the most popular nightclubs in Tirana . The bar offers its guests a wide variety of drinks, ranging from classic spirits to handcrafted cocktails in a modern setting. In summer, enjoy a refreshing drink in the beautiful outdoor garden and veranda while chatting with friends or making new acquaintances.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani 6, Tirana) Open every day from 7.00 to 2.00.
A quirky lounge-style interior and a nice terrace on the street corner, a place where the young and the beautiful come on the weekend for some fun and a good choice of drinks. Often there is music with DJ sets that animate the evenings a little.
Duff Sports Bar
(Rruga Brigada and VIII, Tirana) Open every day from 7.00 to 2.00.
Duff is an American-style sports bar, decorated with walls plastered with photographs of American sports idols and a menu that includes chicken wings and nachos. There is a good selection of European beers along with a bewildering choice of cocktails. The terrace tends to get crowded on hot summer nights. In addition to endless basketball and American football performances, they also show other sports including lots of quality European football.
(Rruga Sali Butka, Tirana) A trendy lounge bar that organizes evenings with live music. It is also possible to smoke the hookah.
(Bulevardi Dëshmorët e Kombit, Tirana) Open Monday to Saturday from 7.00 to 2.00, Sunday from 9.00 to 2.00.
A popular and elegant wine bar on the fourth floor of the Twin Towers complex. Locals come here to see and be seen and sip coffee and wine or sample the antipasto platters on offer. There is a nice terrace overlooking the treetops, budgies in a cage and a rose-lit tree.
Komiteti - Kafe Muzeum
(Rruga Fatmir Haxhiu, Tirana) Open every day from 8.00 to 24.00.
Decorated in a communist style, this bar serves as a mini-museum and represents the trades carried out during the period of the communist regime in Albania. The bar also serves the largest and most delicious variety of raki in town and hosts cultural events and documentary nights. An interesting and must visit place in Tirana, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel at home.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani, Tirana) Open Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 2.00, from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 to 3.00.
This always busy and lively place is one of the best cocktail bars in Tirana with a great atmosphere. The variety of cocktails is endless and the prices are cheap. The proposed music ranges from jazz to indie, up to other musical genres, with live music on weekends.
(Rruga Pjetër Bogdani 3, Tirana) Open Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 2.00, Sunday from 17.00 to 2.00.
A cocktail bar characterized by a welcoming environment that takes inspiration from Asian atmospheres. The ideal place for a quiet evening and to sip excellent cocktails, presented in a very scenographic way. There is also an indoor garden and live music.
Meduza Irish Pub
(Rruga Mustafa Matohiti, Tirana) Open from Sunday to Wednesday from 6.30 to 24.30, Friday and Saturday from 6.30 to 1.30.
This Irish pub in Tirana is the best pub to start the evening. This is the place to go if you are a sports fan, if you like bar food and especially beer.
(Rruga Reshit Çollaku, no 43, Tirana) Open every day from 10.00 to 24.00.
Bufe is a small trendy wine shop: come here for a good aperitif, sip a good wine and accompany it all with a tasting of croutons with mashed vegetables in oil.
Muma Bistro Bar
(Rruga Mustafa Matohiti, Tirana) This fantastic hangout is hugely popular and features contemporary décor and a more European than Albanian homely feel.
+39 Food and Club
(Rruga Ibrahim Rugova, Tirana) Open every day from 8.00 to 24.00.
A refined and elegant venue in Tirana that combines Mediterranean and local dishes with tasty cocktails, all surrounded by designer furnishings. A place to see and be seen.
Onyx Lounge Bar
(Bulevardi Bajram Curri, Tirana) A cozy café by day, Onyx transforms into a cheerful lounge bar at night serving cocktails and summer ice creams, which you can enjoy on the outdoor terrace.
(Rruga Reshit Çollaku 38, Tirana) Open Sunday to Friday from 12.00 to 1.00, Saturdays from 12.00 to 2.00.
A noisy and cheery German-themed brewery, featuring three unfiltered, unpasteurized blonde, red and wheat beers made on site. In the best brauhaus tradition there are also many Bavarian meat dishes on the menu, as well as live music and occasional screenings of national and international sporting events.