Tirana’s nightlife is great for coffee lovers, jazz fanatics and smokers. Here are a few good options in the Albanian city.
Take Five Jazz Club has the best jazz music in Albania. The bar is quite trendy, the musicians are really good, and the atmosphere is friendly. Customers include both foreigners and locals that have one thing in common – Jazz music lovers. It’s great during Friday and Saturday nights.
Tirana Coffee Culture
Central Tirana is filled with coffee shops. It is not unusual to see several coffee shops strung along the same street at a short distance from each other. The offerings in the coffee shops reflect the colorful history of the country. Turkish coffee, with a layer of coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup, is a staple, testimony to hundreds of years of Turkish occupation. It is usually served with a cup of water, a relief in the summer heat of Tirana. Cappuccino and espresso are just as common, testimony to the Italian influence – both the brief occupation during the Second World War and the long standing ties between Albania and Italy. There is also lemon tea, which comes in a packet pre-mixed with sugar, and a selection of cakes and snacks. Albanians seem to enjoy their coffee culture, and many of the places are busy day and night.
Buddha bar is an upscale Tirana night spot. Decked out in an Asian motif, Buddha Bar is a neat place to go after work and have a drink. Enjoy a hookah and a drink and relax on one of the many couches. Buddha Bar sports a full bar, including various scotches. The staff is very friendly. There’s a cover charge after 11 pm.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Tirana nightlife.