The cosiest bars in Rijeka
Situated on the Kvarner coast, the city of Rijeka has a mild, Mediterranean climate. Although in winter they don't experience the harsher drops in temperature of continental Croatia, it can still get cold, the coastal winds can occasionally be fierce and, with the city lying on a particularly sheer section of the Dinaric Alps, Rijeka does experience more rainfall than is usual across Croatia. At the start of 2020, Rijeka assumed the mantle of European Capital of Culture and any visitors to the city this summer will no doubt be astounded by the transformation, events and atmosphere this will bring to the city. However, the entertainment is a year-long affair, making Rijeka a great place to visit throughout this year, not least for Rijeka Carnival, Croatia's biggest. The event's climax is the International Parade, taking place on Sunday 23 February, but the build-up starts this week. Much of the action takes place outside so, if you're in Rijeka at any point this winter and spring and feel the chill, here's our choices for some of the best bars to bolt to in order to warm up.RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in Rijeka
Hot coffee, warm soul: Zagreb for coffee lovers
While Advent this year warmed the hearts of everyone in Zagreb with a fine touch of Christmas spirit, outside was and will be (for a little while longer) too freezy at times. With many bars sprawling all over the city and especially in the centre, however, there is no fear of getting left in the cold. To find the most comfortable one, check out our list of the cosiest cafes for winter 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.
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 bars in Split
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...
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.