At first people were suspicious: why would a Spaniard move to live in Belgrade? Why would he run a bar? Does he know where he’s coming? Now, one decade later, the doubts have withered away and Casa Garcia is here to stay.
Señor Garcia is indeed a real Spaniard, one from Saragossa, as those with a knowledgeable eye will notice from the pictures on the walls. But his small bar does not aim to draw its customers with tacky Iberian details or tapas. It is not a tourist place and doesn’t aim to become one. Rather, it is a modest watering hole with a Spanish vibe. The drinks are as Serbian as they can be, the visitors are locals with an occasional splash of expats (Spanish and Latin American predominating). The connection with Spain is achieved by a variety of Spanish tunes, from rock to Latino, by muted programs of a Spanish TV station and – above all – by the presence of the owner who keeps an eye on his place with a friendly smile under his moustache.
Casa Garcia is tiny: on the upper level a few tables and a bar (with a cool cat whose sleep is seemingly unaffected by the noise and crowd) as well as some more tables in the “basement” with a lower vibe. What I find best about it? Garcia stays open till late, acting as a safe haven for all of us searching for that last place to wrap up the night.