One of the best things about Tirana is its juxtaposition of old-school communism and modern cosmopolitan. Nowhere is this essence better encapsulated than at Bunker1944. The cosy outdoor room and steps provide relief from the summer heat, whilst inside the real bunker vibe with exposed brick walls, antique furnishings and modern cocktails are a real treat all year round.
To keep you occupied, there are lots of interesting bits and pieces all around the bar including artwork, toys, games, interesting pieces of technology and an overall cool vibe. The drinks are plentiful too, with a real variety on the menu. Want a communism inspired cocktail? Try the Vagabond, Bunker or other house specialty for around €3-4. Enjoy local and international beers by the bottle, spirits, local raki or wine, international pre-mix shots and drinks or our personal favourite – take on their current promotion and enjoy a long drink or three.
Purely a drinking place, no food is served here. You are however welcome to order in or bring along your own picnic. Perfect for more financially savvy drinkers! If you bring along meat, just be warned that the resident cat, Bunker, may suddenly appear pretending to be your best friend 😉
The staff really do make you feel like part of the family. Originally Alexandra was attacted to this place because of its excellent street art design out the front (unfortunately this is no longer there). Soon after, an advertisement for an open bar Halloween party was advertised at an incredible price. Of course, it was an easy decision as to where to host the Halloween party that year. Side note – I (Alexandra) also had a great costume that year as a zombie princess, whilst my Couchsurfing guest from Iceland was dressed as either a dinosaur or a dragon… either way it was amazing (see picture below).
An excellent place for foreigners to get a taste of Albanian culture whilst enjoying a quality beverage, this quickly became a favourite amongst all visitors in Tirana. Alexandra heeded the advice of the many visitors she had brought their and began adding this to her regular haunts. Upon Jasmin’s arrival, she was quick to agree that Bunker1944 has this kind of personal, intimate charm often lacking in the bars and lounges of Tirana.
How many forks given?
Food —— N/A
Drink —— 5/5
Ambience — 5 / 5
Value ——- 5 / 5
Staff ——– 5 / 5
TOTAL – We give #5Forks about you, Bunker1944!