The tiny park named after kafana Proleće (“Springtime”) is one of the most popular spots for outdoor drinking in Belgrade. To be clear, whenever the weather is nice enough to sit outside, all of the parks in the center will fill with young people bringing their own booze. Kod Proleća is, however, the most popular spot of them all. First because of its convenient location, secondly since the two 24/7 shops next to it provide enough cold(ish) beer and wine to fuel the night.
Drinking alcohol in the streets is legal in Belgrade and, since there are a lot of people who can’t cope with high prices in cafés and clubs, having a beer in a park is sort of a regular pastime. Not all come here because they don’t have enough money. On a good night the atmosphere is pulsating, everyone is invited and it all looks like one huge party under the open skies. Except for drinking, there is also music from phones, singing, guitar playing and an occasional ball or frisbee passing. So, whenever my friends and I feel uninspired about where to start (or end) the evening, the Park is there as the cheapest solution to think of something clever without losing time. Much better than discussing it on the phone!