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Entertainment & Nightlife in Croatia


The year-round nightlife scene centres on the capital, Zagreb, which buzzes with everything from swanky cocktail bars to alternative cultural clubs patronised by students. However, come summer, the lion's share of the inland action moves to the tourist-boosted coast. Venues include everything from informal beach bars and pavement cafés through to style bars and glitzy nightclubs. Some of the most up-market clubs are in Dubrovnik, and frequently hit the gossip magazines as they attract both foreign and local celebrities. Likewise, the bars and clubs in trendy Hvar Town on the island of Hvar – dubbed the new Ibiza – are patronised by the glamorous international yachting crowd. Although many Croatians complain that restricted licensing hours are detrimental to their nightlife, as of 2007, the bars and clubs on Zrče beach (on northern tip of island of Pag) have been granted 24-hour licenses through summer.

A monthly guide of events and performances is published by the Tourist Association, and copies can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre on Trg Bana Jelaćiča.


Nightlife in Zagreb is varied but not obvious; you have to look for the action. Besides the usual complement of bars and cafés, there are casinos, jazz clubs, discos, cinemas, and comedy clubs to occupy even die-hard night owls. Lately, Jarun Lake has become hot year-round with "branches" of almost all of Zagreb's popular bars setting up shop there.

The Best (Jarunska 5), is the largest club in Zagreb, out near the Jarun Lake complex. Playing mainly dance style music.

Hopdevil is a new bar, featuring live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus a DJ on Saturday nights, it has 101 different types of Belgian beer. The unique interior features a waterfall that runs along entire wall, and stone archways. The water from the waterfall flows beneath a glass floor, which you can sit on.

The Jazz Club is a small club located in Gunduliceva Street. Open daily, and has always jazz/blues/funk bands playing, very often from other countries. Another jazz club is B.P. Club on Nikole Tesle 7.

SAX! - Klub hrvatskih glazbenika (Palmotićeva 22/2), is a great place to enjoy live music of a wide array of styles including blues, jazz, rock and pop.

Zagreb is the main cultural centre of Croatia. With 18 theatres and 12 concert halls it has a very active cultural life with opera, concert, ballet and theatre performances presented regularly. Opera and concert seasons run from September to May offering a wide variety of Croatian, German and Italian operas and performances by orchestras and chamber music groups.





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