Raise a glass
Zagreb’s residents like a tipple – and they’re spoilt for choice both in places to drink and in how to fill their glasses. Walk around town at any time of the year, and any time of day, and you’ll see bars and cafés brimming with locals drinking and chatting, perhaps along Tkalčićeva, down Savska in the business quarter; and especially in a hub around lounge-bar central, Preradovićev trg, by the flower market (Cvjetni trg). Whether you’re a vinophile, a beer-lover or a spirits-drinker, you’ll find your heaven here. RECOMMENDED: the best bars in Zagreb.
Fabulous new wine bar opens in Martićeva
Appetising new wine bar Vivat Fina Vina is making a splash in Martićeva, set opposite the wine merchant’s flagship shop in Zagreb. For a bar this fancy, the price list is very reasonable indeed: you can grab a decent bottle from 65kn, with local wines sold from 15kn a glass and a biodynamic Italian Pinot Noir costing a little over 30kn. Spanning a hundred or so wines, the list will eventually grow to incorporate a selection of ultra-luxury wines, as well as exploring natural and organic Croatian wines. Wine is obviously the main draw here but other tipples include fruit juices from Austria, Sardinian grappa and Italian craft beers. French-style patisserie La Marquise provide a delicious array of sweet and savoury pastries, and Croatian celebrity chef Mate Janković is conjuring up a menu of charcuterie and other cold plates which will be available soon. Yum. RECOMMENDED: Our essential guide to Croatian wine.
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.
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.
Dubrovnik nightlife guide
Dubrovnik nightlife is unusual - while the city has an abundance of bars, clubs are relatively few. But what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. Clubs here tend to capitalise on the city's brilliant architecture; you might find yourself raving in a cavernous 16th-century fortress or between the stony walls of ex-quarantine barracks. Head to one of these places after hitting one of Dubrovnik's many spectacular bars, and you're guaranteed a special night. RECOMMENDED: more bars in Dubrovnik.
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.
Split bar guide
Local Splićani spend much of their lives in bars. By day, they frequent terrace cafés on the Riva seafront promenade and after dark, the alleyways of the Diocletian’s Palace behind it. Many a Split bar will have its entrance on a parallel street, another will have a doorway in a street with no name at all. On any given night, you’ll find at least one you love, but know you’ll never find again. All the more reason to keep hold of our list of the city's best drinking spots...
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.
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.
Great places to drink in Dubrovnik
Great places to drink in Zagreb
Cult bar Sedmica does little to advertise its presence on the street. The clue is a small sign above a residential doorway. It's the meeting place of people from the creative arts, an obvious rendezvous spot before a private view at a trendy gallery or for an impromptu cast party. You enter through a corridor lined with concert and exhibition posters. Inside, a small room contains a crowded bar counter upon which stand taps of Fischer's and Erdinger. Long, thin marble tables provide a place to prop, otherwise you can join the boho crew on the wrought-iron mezzanine behind.