The best non-smoking cafés and bars in Zagreb
Do your clothes smell like they've been hanging by a bonfire of cigarette smoke? Sick of feeling like you've rolled around in an ashtray after a night out in Zagreb? Let this list guide you to the best smoke-free cafés and bars in the capital where the air is clean and breathable. RECOMMENDED: The coolest coffee shops and cafés.
The best cake shops in Zagreb
When it comes to sweet treats, Zagreb really takes the cake. Croatians love to indulge their sweet tooth and as a result, you'll find plenty of excellent cake shops and patisseries spread across the capital. From old school bakeries serving traditional treats to smart new patisseries selling exotic creations, we've tracked down the best cake shops in Zagreb. RECOMMENDED: The best cafés and coffee shops in Zagreb.
Craft beer bars in Zagreb
The popularity of craft beer - progressive beers produced by small-scale breweries - has well and truly exploded in Zagreb. Fans of bold, flavorsome beers are rejoicing. After years of market dominance from behemoth brewers Ožujsko and Karlovačko, the craft beer revolution has taken hold, and Zagreb's bars and restaurants are fully waking up to the trend. Craft aficionados have even more reasons to be be beerful with this year's arrival of The Garden Brewery, and dedicated tap-rooms Hop In and Craft Room, which have bubbled in popularity since their recent inception. Happy drinking! RECOMMENDED: more great bars in Zagreb.
Your essential guide to Croatian wine
Wine is either red (crno), white (bijelo) or rose (crveno), dry (suho) or sweet (slatko). In Dalmatia, the deep reds are mixed with water as a bevanda, the whites in the north with mineral water (gemišt). Of the coastal reds, the most renowned (and most expensive) is Dingač. Deep ruby red in colour, and a superb accompaniment to grilled fish (the tradition in Dalmatia), Dingač is produced in the restricted area of the same name on the steep south slopes of the Pelješac peninsula. The grape variety there is Plavac Mali, a cousin of Zinfandel. Native Croatian winemaker Miljenko Grgić, who gained his reputation in Napa Valley, California, came back to his homeland to produce quality wines of the Plavac Mali variety. Postup, also from Pelješac, is equally reputed. Babić from Šibenik is a popular and reasonably priced alternative. Because of the rocky, limestone soil, southern white wines are mostly dry, such as the golden yellow Pošip, strong in alcohol and from the Čara vineyards of Korčula island. Grk, it's name ('Greek') echoing its ancient tradition, is another white from Korčula, from Lumbarda. Vis is known for Vugava, from the grape of the same name, Krk for Vrbnička Žlahtina. Inland, whites are dominated by the lightweight Graševina. The primary wine of Istria is Malvasia. Possibly one of the oldest types in Europe, this white grape is grown in over two-thirds of Istriaís vineyards. Malvasia is usually dry and it is best drunk young. Beca
Split nightlife guide
Split nightlife is going through a period of change. Surprisingly, most of the interesting new clubbing spots run mostly off-season. A row of late-opening bars along the Bačvice beachside also stay busy way past midnight over the summer. Read on for our pick of the best clubs and nightspots the city has to offer.
Best bars in Croatia
The 50 best bars in Croatia
The best bars in Croatia are an eclectic bunch, each drawing character from the towns or regions they call home. The best Zagreb bars concentrate on music or design; the best bars in Split lend themselves to a night around Diocletian’s Palace; whereas the best bars in Dubrovnik take advantage of the city's jaw-dropping Adriatic vistas. Throw in a few quality wines and cocktails in Istria, a couple of happening spots in Rijeka, Opatija and Zadar, and the picture is complete. Check our expert's guide to the best bars in Croatia.
The best Zagreb bars
People in Croatia's capital city always give themselves time to linger and socialise over drinks. Whatever the time of year, new Zagreb bars are always raising and lowering their banners across the city centre and beyond, while traditional landmarks stay firm. Time Out's experts discover the best places to sip across town.
The best bars in Rijeka
There's seemingly a bar on every corner in Rijeka. Proud of its Mediterranean café culture, the city's streets are lined with bars of all stripes. From classic downtown bars to grungy pubs and trendy nightspots, here's our pick of the best bars in Rijeka. RECOMMENDED: Your ultimate guide to Rijeka.
The best Dubrovnik bars
By day, Dubrovnik and its overcrowded Old Town seem the perfect place for sandal-wearing coffee-sippers. But by night, Dubrovnik bars spring to life, with a number of atmospheric spots serving up anything from fine Dalmatian wines to fancy cocktails. Dip in to our essential drinking guide.