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Drink rakija on a night out in Sarajevo

Throughout the Balkans, rakija is a staple served at parties and
weddings, with dinner at home, and at most bars as a boost of liquid
courage. A clear brandy similar to grappa, it's distilled from various
fruits, often plum, pear or apple but also from more exotic
ingredients such as quince or walnuts. Just don't be fooled by the
fruit flavors. This is potent stuff.
Barhana in the Baščaršija serves many varieties as well as mezze, or
small snacks, and tablets of cured meat and cheese similar to what
you'd find at Spanish tapas bars. All that toasting and tasting leads
to some late nights -- some bars in Sarajevo don't close until 6 a.m. -
- and lots of new friends.
"Sarajevo is the kind of place where you leave your place with five
marks in your pocket, and somehow you come home at 6 a.m. with
10 marks and a full pack of cigarettes," says Cat Norman, who
opened the Doctor's House Hostel about three years ago. "You'll see
their generosity knows no limits."
Another popular place is Hacienda. What it lacks in Mexican
authenticity it makes up for with a lively crowd and surprising