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Where to spend New Year's in Zagreb

The pick of places to go for New Year's Eve in Zagreb, including the best club nights, public parties and some live music too

Written by
Marc Rowlands
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Zagreb's streets have been bustling and thriving all December, with Advent bringing all the spectacular sights, smells and tastes of the season to the city. Expect this wonderful ambience to continue into New Year, not least on New Year's Eve itself, when live music and DJs will join the attractions at the Advent sites. But, for those who'd rather be inside, or those who'd like to celebrate the New Year long into the morning, these are some of the best venues and parties you can attend.

Where to spend New Year's in Zagreb

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Following their successful second summertime festival in the country, the UK's Defected Records return to Croatia for this, their first ever New Year's Eve event here. New York house music innovator Todd Terry will headline the free party, which takes place at the square on Strossmayer, right in the heart of Zagreb. The event is incredibly significant for Defected as it takes us and the label into 2019, the year of their 20th anniversary. The label is now one of the biggest independents in the world specialising in house music and in recent years has grown into a brand strong enough to host sell out parties across Europe. Defected have held club residencies in London and on Ibiza, both under their own name and under their disco-themed Glitterbox events. They now host an annual five day festival on the Dalmatian coast in Tisno called Defected Croatia, which saw them reach capacity numbers in 2018. Support to Todd Terry at the NYE event comes from Peznt, Andy Daniell and Blacksoul. Defected Croatia return to Tisno in 2019. Production at this event will come from the team behind the Tisno festivals site, so expect high quality sound and visuals, plus the fine Garden Brewery beer to be available.

  • Music
  • Rock and indie

One of Zagreb's best bands, Pips Chips & Videoclips have been around since the early '90s and are usually to be found on large-scale stages and at festivals. Here, they are special guests at Vintage Industrial Bar, an out of town centre bar famed for its craft beer selections and dedication to live music. Expect a party-minded set of punk and reggae-inflected rock music from the hometown heroes, plus smiles and drinking into the morning hours.

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Forty Fifty Silvester
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

If your favourite section of the night is the afterparty, then this party might be the right place for you. Underground house, techno and all manner of electronica and dance music will be played for a full 24 hours at this excessive allnighter, held in one of Zagreb's best-loved after-hours spots. Special guests from Germany, Ian Pooley (pictured) and Igor Tipur, form part of the lineup, as do some of Zagreb's very best DJs including Brighton, Ilya Rudman, Mimi, Denis Beifuss, Nicole, After Neven, Antonio Zuza, LukadeLux, Mate Čeko and Fabian Mateša.

  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B

Hits from the '80s to the '10s, covering pop, rock, RnB, hip-hop and house in the main room from DJ Indy, with a more alternative selection of indie rock, rock, synth, indie electro and hip-hop too.

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NYE
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Locals heroes Fabian Jakopetz, Teo Harouda, DJ Trick-C, Teychee, Slicer, Katarina Ohalloran, Dach, Willy, René G, Foundate & Igz plus Alan Merdan play techno, long into the night.

Stardust 2019
  • Music
  • Rap, hip hop and R&B

Four floors of music at one of Zagreb's most popular clubs with young people. Katran will serve up its usual selection of party-starting hip hop, RnB, pop, '80s, '90s and '00s classics plus disco and house hits and some alternative music in the upper floor. This will certainly be one of the busiest New Year's Eve parties in the city.

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NYE rave: old school reunion
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Relive the peak era of rave in the company of some of Zagreb's long serving dance music Djs;Toxic, FRX, Maminho, Kiki and Ludvig.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Located just off Zagreb's main square, Opera is currently one of the best clubs to visit in the city. Visually impressive, with all the lights, lasers and visuals you might expect, it is frequented by young people and students wearing their best clubbing clothes. For sure, this will be one of the most popular New Year's Eve tickets in town.

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Goulash Disko NYE
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Yves Taquet (Goulash Disko Founder) and Jeff Jarunsky (Goulash resident DJ) will play back 2 back in this tiny, vibey basement club, exploring the global underground from house and disco to reggae, tropical and ethno sounds.

  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Future Scope follow up recent events with the likes of Monika Kruse, Aril Brikha and Sam Paganini with this marathon New Year's allnighter. Headlining guest on the main floor is Drumcode associate and Phobiq Recordings founder Sasha Carassi (pictured). This mainstay of the Italian house and techno scene will be playing alongside the residents and regulars. Headlining guest in the second space is Portuguese DJ/producer Du’Art who has released on labels like DJAX Upbeats, Patterns, Ying Yang, Naked Lunch, Valvula Records, Naughty Pills Records, Elektrax Recordings and others. The third room features locals including a b2b session with Bronski and Herya and there's an afterparty session that will feature PEZNT and others.

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Studio 54 NYE
  • Music
  • Dance and electronic

Johann Franck take inspiration from New York's infamous Studio 54 club for this New Year's Eve. There'll be props and special decorations and a spectacular marking of midnight. Expect glamorous disco classics of the '70s and early '80s and attendees are encouraged to also come wearing disco glam outfits.

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