Nathan James

Zagreb in a weekend: the indie guide

Home to a serious new-wave and indie heritage, Zagreb has always fancied itself as a guitar-powered city, a tradition that lives on in its numerous music bars and live clubs



Check the schedule at major gig venue Tvornica or choose instead an intimate cellar gig at the Klub. For a warm-up drink, try Beertija, with its fantastic selection of beers – and take a selfie standing next to the Joe Strummer statue in the courtyard.

For after-gig shenanigans take a taxi to cult indie club Jabuka, a welcoming bolt-hole for anyone into New Wave, Goth and alternative rock-pop up to the present day.

Saturday daytime

Recover with coffee at the music-themed Vinyl before taking a tram to Trešnjevka to while away a few hours trawling second-hand record shops such as Freebird, Karma, Dirty Old Shop and Roxy

Saturday evening

The Croatian National Library might seem like an odd location for a rock-fuelled night out but the building is home to two great live music bars, Hard Place and Spunk. Further south in the same direction, alternative club Močvara has retro-themed club nights every Saturday.


Skim the stalls at the Britanski trg collectors’ market, a happy hunting ground for old vinyl, vintage clothes, retro sunglasses and all kinds of other things you don’t really need.  

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