A well kept secret among outdoor enthusiasts, Ohrid is the largest city on the banks of the deepest lake in the Balkans that shares its name. At the end of an active day, take time to relax at a lakeside café with a glass of locally made wine or lager and share stories of the day’s adventures.
Bars and Clubs
The lakefront of Ohrid is dotted with bars that range from relaxing terraced lounges perfect for sunset drinks to tiny bars blasting the latest in Europop sounds. The Kadmo Bar sits over the lake and has a large selection of local wines to try. Don’t be surprised if the lake swans swim over for a better look at you. For something unexpected try The Jazz Inn a great little nightclub that has live jazz and blues with a laid back vibe. The Cuba Libre Beach Bar and Nightclub offers something for everyone. Relax on the terrace on one of their conversation inducing couches. Sit on the dock as the sunsets sipping a fruity beverage suitable for a Caribbean lifestyle but under the stars in ancient Macedonia. Listen to one of the live bands and lively dance music from their beautiful dance club.
If clubs and bars aren’t your cup of tea, then try one of the many family owned cafes that are open late with limited menus and a variety of locally made wine and beers. There are several local vineyards that supply these cafes. The Prokupec grape is only found in this area of the Balkans. It is used to produce blended wines like a rosé or Pinot Noir. The Duck Cafe is an elegant, white-painted, three story art deco building on the edge of the main square and overlooking the harbor. At the front is the covered garden terrace which has its own bar while inside the rooms continue the art deco style with art works and photos of musicians who’ve stopped by to jam in the late evening hours.
The remains of the Roman amphitheater built into the side of a hill overlooking the lake has evening concerts and impromptu plays on the same stage that hosted famous orators and statesmen like Damon of Thessalonica. In the summer the amphitheater and town of Ohrid host a music festival that runs five nights. Classical, folk, pop and international music is featured as thousands descend on this area of Macedonia to participate in this unique blend of music and showmanship.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Ohrid.