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The most instagrammable cafés in Zagreb
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The most instagrammable cafés in Zagreb

Is coffee an opportunity for an Instagram post, or is an Instagram post an opportunity for coffee? Whichever takes precedence, these modern cafés in Zagreb are great for both. With chic interiors, exposed brick ceilings and mismatched furniture, these are best-looking cafés in town for your #instacafe posts RECOMMENDED: the best coffee in Zagreb. 1) Greenery Procaffe is one of Zagreb's sleekest cafés A post shared by Greenery Procaffe (@greeneryprocaffe) on Apr 9, 2018 at 8:16am PDT 2) Korica is one of the few artisan bakeries in Zagreb. A post shared by pravi kruh® (@korica.hr) on Dec 10, 2016 at 7:15am PST 3) Cogito Coffee Roasters sell their own Tesla blend A post shared by Cogito Coffee (@cogitocoffeeroasters) on Jan 25, 2018 at 4:08am PST 4) Botaničar is a stone's throw away from the botanical gardens A post shared by Botaničar (@bar_botanicar) on Jan 19, 2018 at 7:51am PST 5) Plenty of cozy reading spots in Jutro A post shared by JUTRO (@art.cafe.jutro) on Oct 31, 2017 at 4:19am PDT 6) Kaptol Boutique Cinema celebrates coffee and celluloid A post shared by Kaptol Boutique Cinema (@kaptolboutiquecinema) on Jan 13, 2018 at 1:44am PST 7) Coffee from above at Najgora Kava U Gradu 

Enjoy a cocktail in the clouds at this summer rooftop bar in Split
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Enjoy a cocktail in the clouds at this summer rooftop bar in Split

A new rooftop bar has opened in Split in time for late summer, with atmospheric views of the city and the grizzled mountains that surround it. It's a dazzling place to watch the sunset. Diocletian's Palace is visible from the rooftop, as is much of Split's old town, plus the greenery of Marjan hill to the west of the city centre. Sip your sundowner here, overlooking the ancient walled town. At night, you can even unwind in a piping hot Jacuzzi. This is Split's first dedicated rooftop bar in the city. Sadly, it's only a temporary seasonal installation, located atop the Cornaro Hotel on Sinjska ulica 6, just north of Diocletian's Palace.To mark the opening of the bar, Corona Beer will inhabit the space from Friday 3 August to Saturday 11 August, hosting Corona Sunset Parties from 5pm until 11pm. Following these opening parties, the rooftop will stay open from 5pm-midnight until the end of the season

Raise a glass
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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.

Craft beer bars in Zagreb
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Buža II
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Buža II

The more well known of the cliff-face bars; tourists follow the 'Cold Drinks' sign from the open square of Rudjera Boškovića. Prices are a little steeper but you get a thatched roof and table service. Buža II also the same jaw-dropping view – if you can find a table in high season.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
D'Vino
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D'Vino

Opened in 2008, Dubrovnik's first real wine bar is presided over by Australian-Croatian Sasha and his friendly and informative team. D'Vino manages to stock more than 100 varieties, 76 available by the glass. Every decent Istrian, Slavonian and Dalmatian label is here, including Grgić Plavac Mali and Zlatan Plavac. The house wine begins at 25kn and the venue lays on wine tours. Savoury meat-and-cheese platters are tailor-made to complement the wine. It's a comfortable, modern, intimate space to enjoy a drink – with a few seats outside in summer.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Sunset Lounge
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Sunset Lounge

The titular sunset view is in full panorama here in the chic surroundings of the five-star Hotel Dubrovnik Palace. On a clear day you can see Mljet. Afternoons mean happy-hour drinks, evenings a piano player. Cocktails (60kn) comprise 35 standards, there are specialist Perković brandies (carob, fig, nut) and wines run from a basic 20kn to the best local labels rarely found by the glass.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Banje Beach restaurant, lounge & club
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Banje Beach restaurant, lounge & club

Occupying a lovely beachside location, guests travel by land and sea to get to Banje – there’s even a private pier to anchor your dingy, boat or yacht. During the day, this is a superb, seafood-orientated, fine dining Mediterranean restaurant. By night, Banje transforms into a clubby beachside cocktail bar. It's hired for fashion parties – but the place is far from intimidating and prices are reasonable.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars

Great places to drink in Zagreb

Alcatraz
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Alcatraz

This place has been around for a few years and it's a real locals' hang-out. The interior of Alcatraz is crowded with American number plates, beer flags, and mannequins – one of which wears a Mick Jagger mask and seems to be a part of the party. The weekends see it packed with locals, who stop by for a myriad of bottled beers – loads of Belgian speciality brews alongside the excellent local Velebitsko – and the DJs jamming rock and dance tunes. There are also a slew of home-made rakijas (grappas) such as honey, cherry or blackcurrant.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Sedmica
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Sedmica

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.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
The Beertija
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The Beertija

Opened in autumn 2012, the Beertija was one of the winning courtyard terrace locations of the 2013 outdoor drinking season. While the terrace sits behind trees and shrubs protected from the busy road, main body of the bar itself is in a neighbouring basement. Decked out in a mixture of red-brick and grey, it’s pretty post-industrial – there’s a glass-wall smoking tank in one corner for days when it’s too cold or wet to light up outside. As the name suggests (Beertija is a play on words based on the term ‘birtija’, a kind of Balkan pub), the accent is on amber liquids, with a simply mind-boggling choice of local and imported ales. This is probably the only place in town where both Newcastle Brown and cult Montnegrin Nikšićko pivo crop up on the same menu, alongside all manner of heady dark liquids dreamt up by crafty Belgian monks. There’s also a list of beer snacks that run from garlic bread to smoked pork hock, and a rock/alternative soundtrack that seems to go perfectly with this kind of food and drink.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Craft Room
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Craft Room

Is Zagreb finally getting the craft beer scene it deserves? The recent popularity of Craft Room would imply so. This elegantly styled boozer stocks progressive beers from near and far – and it’s always packed with punters. The vibe is more gastro-pubby than your standard Zagreb café-cum-bar. This theme is accentuated by a modern day hunting lodge aesthetic, and food here tends towards the classic, pairing beer with brew-tavern favorites like burgers, chips and stew. Make this your first stop for new releases from regional breweries. There are 12 beers on tap – around half of these are local, with one or two from the UK and Germany. If these don’t take your fancy, there are over 150 bottled options. The atmosphere gets a bit headier on weekends. A DJ plays from a catalogue of funk, blues and rock and roll, and the place fills up quickly. Phone ahead to reserve if you’d prefer not to jostle for a table.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars