With its labyrinthine cobblestone streets and quaint terracotta topped houses, Kotor’s Old Town is home to a fantastic line-up of bars and restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a romantic rooftop restaurant or a lively jazz bar, this guide to the best bars and restaurants in Kotor, Montenegro has it all.
Old Winery, Old Town
A pretty restaurant located on the cobbled streets of Old Town. I highly recommend the antipasto platter, which was so big we got a doggy bag and took it to Perast the next day for a packed lunch. The pesto chicken pasta was also amazing. A live band performs on the street outside the restaurant most nights, creating a lovely atmosphere.
Evergreen, Old Town
Located in a beautiful square in Old Town, this jazz bar pulls in a crowd with its good selection of drinks, friendly service and agreeable music. Its most unique feature, however, is a large projection of Charlie Chaplin films on the wall, which proves a lovely backdrop for enjoying a beer or two.
Galion, Kotor Bay
Due to unfortunate weather, we had to sit inside when we visited Galion so I can’t comment on its supposed beautiful views. What I can say, however, is that it was probably the best meal we had in Kotor – and the most expensive! Perfect for a treat on your final night.
Hotel Hippocampus, Old Town
Get a table on this hotel’s rooftop terrace and you’ll be in for a romantic treat. Overlooking the town’s terracotta rooftops, the intimate spot only has a handful of tables and just one waiter serving. The food is great – I recommend the steak and chicken pasta – and the service is friendly.
Havana, Old Town
This bar is located in a pretty square, which it takes over with its lively parties throughout the high season. Open until the early hours with DJs and live music, this is where to head if you’re looking for a party. Out of season, it’s perfect for a late night cap.
Letrika, Old Town
If you’re fond of hipster culture, head to café/bar Letrika. The ‘authentic art cafe’ comes complete with mismatched furniture, funky trinkets and artwork throughout. It serves good coffee during the day and then transforms into a busy bar at night.
Pirate’s Bar, Perast
While not technically in Kotor, this beach bar is just a 15-minute taxi ride away and well worth the trip. With a view across Perast’s famous islands, pumping music, table service and ladders straight into the sea, it’s the perfect spot to relax with a pint and watch the sun go down. Try to get there in a Red Taxi (says ‘Red Taxi’ on the side) as they are the cheapest.
Another bar that isn’t technically in Kotor but worth the trip, Almara is a 15/20-minute taxi ride away. The upmarket beach club boasts inviting lounge beds, table service, beautiful views and a stylish clientele. Book your sunbed in advance, arrive early to get a good spot and, again, try to get there in a Red Taxi.