not exactly a beach spot review, but as Dubrovnik is for
many the most attractive destination in Croatia, we thought
it deserves few kilobytes of space about it's nightlife
and party venues. Numerous web sites praise city's beauty
so it only seems right we start the same way.
The city's fortified old town overlooks the dazzling Adriatic
from a shelter of limestone cliffs and its marble-paved
streets are lined with marvelously preserved churches, stately
palaces, squares, and terracotta-roofed townhouses. Meanwhile,
down below, along the seaside coast, fine beaches beckon
- as do a slew of offshore islands - making Dubrovnik uniquely
appealing to history buffs and sun worshippers alike. While
you can spend days on end exploring Dubrovnik's ancient
monuments, not all is history-heavy in this sunny city.
this is a "beach site", we start with the most
popular beach bar in town. Wonderful Eastwest
Beach Club is situated on the beach front of famous
beach, just east of the old town, below the 16th-century
Lazareti complex that once quarantined city visitors for
40 days; the sand here gets pretty crowded in summer months.
Famous stars, international sportsmen, artists visiting
Dubrovnik are daily visitors of this special place. Some
of details of the Eastwest, like comfortable chailse lounge,
remind its guests of the good ancient Roman times. It is
really a swinging watering hole in the season.
Dubrovnik has a lively nightlife, but if you are after wild
parties and hordes of bars then Dubrovnik is maybe not for
you. The nightlife mainly consists of nice restaurants,
live music & shows and an ample choice of outdoor bars and
cafés. Nightlife Clubbing venues pop up and disappear regularly,
so check with tourist information, but drinking holes are
You can start the evening with a walk along Old Town's famous
Stradun or Placa street. It is non traffic area,
as well as the rest of the old historical center of the
town. Many of those who have visited the town agreed, this
is one of the most beautiful streets in the whole world.
Its sidewalk cafes are perfect spots for Croatia's favorite
pastime: people watching. There's no better place than Cafe
Festival near the Franciscan monastery. Later you can move
to one of many bars or restaurants in narrow streets of
For those romantic souls we recommend Buza bar (Ispod
Mira), a bar clinging precariously to the cliffs, it's reached
via a hole in the city wall which has a sign simply proclaiming
"cold drinks". It's the bar for sunset-watching.
From the terrace there are steps leading to the beach where
you can swim off a rock by the sea.
Hemingway (Pred Dvoram) is a cocktail bar with comfy
chairs facing the pedestrian street and 30-page cocktail
If you simply can't live without an Irish bar, even under
hot Mediterranean sun, then Karaka pub in Od Polaca
street, just of off Stradun, is the place for you.
(Brsalje 11, near Pile Gate, just outside the old town),
also known as Latino club, is one of the best nightclubs
in town, it's also the busiest one. During season it is
open every day. Many events, different vibe every night,
cool interior, friendly staff, affordable prices and good
music are its best reference. Club is open 22-04h and equally
popular among fun young locals and tourists, a good place
to meet other backpackers.
If Fuego is too soft for you, you can try Bikers' Cafe
- located at Ploce, the part of Dubrovnik just above the
Old Town. For a night of booze and rock and roll, join the
bikers on their nightly adventures.
And if dance music or rock is not your cup of tea, you can
head to Troubadur Jazz cafe (Buniceva poljana 2,
near Gundulic square), open until late in the night. It
is a friendly and relaxed place where you can toss back
a brew and soak up a unique ambiance. The owner, pirate-looking
Marko, is a jazz musician and makes sure his passion is
fulfilled every night. Marko was also performing on Eurovision
Song Contest, back in 1968.
Bana Josipa Jelacica is a lively street just outside
the city walls where you can find a few bars and pubs interspersed
The latest addition to Dubrovnik's night scene is the super-slick
(Sv Domenika 2) with a casino, restaurant, disco and nightclub.
Lazareti offers live music and club nights with a laidback,
genial ambiance. Dress up.
Lazareti club is a place for progressive, techno
& house music. Regular events with resident and international
A bit further form the old town, in Babin Kuk area, you
can head to Exodus (Ive Dulcica 39) for a pumping
disco experience. Dance till you drop and later you can
crash on near
beach. Exodus, Veliki Zal beach in Brsecine,
15 km north of Dubrovnik near Trsteno, and other places
around town often host progressive, techno and house parties
with international DJ's, so anyone interested in that sort
of music should check with tourist information for what's
going on during your stay in the town. More info at Dubrovnik
clubbing pages (Cro only).
It would be simply unfair not to mention famous Dubrovnik
Summer Festival which starts in July and lasts for
a month, fulfilled with first class cultural events, while
residents and visitors join together in a happy, colorful