It is hard to recall anyone among my friends who does not know or does not visit this small but legendary bar from time to time. The evident reason for this might be that it has been with us for quite some time, but above all it is because Brod is – and there is no mistake about it – loved by everyone.
Why it is that way is not really apparent right from the start. There’s little to distinguish it from a regular Belgrade café: tiny, on two levels, usual choice of drinks… Brod’s position is very central but it also lies in the most polluted street in Belgrade, the notorious Bulevar Despota Stefana. This of course makes its terrace a place where only the strong will and imagination of visitors allows them to enjoy the open air.
So what makes this place so good? Above all its guests, young to middle aged lovers of good music, bright and intellectual. Music plays an important role here: usually it is solid indie rock, with playlists created either by the owners or on the spot by one of the regulars. Such a compact place, with a matching musical choice, will after a few visits allow you to become a part of it.
To sum up, Brod seems to be the lowest common denominator of urban not-so-young who come here to relax with a pint or two, looking with disdain at the crooked world outside of its borders.