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360 degrees: cocktail bar

Jeffrey Vella’s high-end restaurant also has a cocktail bar set high on the ramparts of this medieval-fortress location. The strong selection starts with the standards in the 70kn range (Cosmopolitans, White Russians and so on), moving on to White Ladies, Gin Fizzes and powerful Mojitos. With views of the old port down below, this is…

Late Mar-Dec 7pm-midnight daily
Sv Dominika More info

Africa

One of the busier spots come midnight in the Old Town, Africa attracts a young crowd who squeeze into a compact, colourful space of well conceived murals, wood carvings of thin faces and bar tables topped with maps of the continent concerned. Nothing much African on the menu, though – just 50 odd cocktails, shooters,…

5pm-1am daily
Vetranićeva 3 More info

B4 Revelin
Critics choice

A side-project of the Revelin nightclub, this minimalist matt-grey café-bar just off the Stradun is the ideal big-night-out warm-up venue, with dance music on the sound system and disco lights casting shifting pools of colour across the ceiling. Graphics on the back wall present a traditionalist counterpoint to all this stylish modernity, with portraits of the Zelenci (‘Greenies’) – the weathered bronze figures that used to strike the bell…

7.30am-2am daily
Vetranovićeva 3, Dubrovnik More info

Biker’s Caffe

Ah, Dubrovnik. Just when you think you’re in a residential neighbourhood of allotments and exclusive hotels, along comes a bar full of hairy-arsed bikers. Actually, the Libertas chapter are a friendly bunch. Old locals drift in for a beer – where else is there to drink in Ploče? – and sit incongruously against the photographic…

Noon-midnight daily
Kralja Petra Krešimira IV 37 More info
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Buža I
Critics choice

The more haphazard of the two open-air bars cut into the sea-facing rocks, Buža I welcomes sunbathers, divers, drinkers and film fans. Its entry faces the terrace of the Konoba Ekvinocijo; on the wall is daubed ’8-20 Topless Nudist’. Down a stone staircase are bar tables and metal steps towards the sea. Films are also…

Summer 8am-late daily. Winter varies
Accessed from Ilije Sarake More info
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Buža II
Critics choice

The more well known of the cliff-face bars; tourists follow the ‘Cold Drinks’ sign from the open square of Rudjera Boškovića. Prices are a little steeper but you get a thatched roof and table service. Buža II also the same jaw-dropping view – if you can find a table in high season.

10am-late daily
Crijevićeva 9 More info

Casablanca

Old film and beer ads brighten the space; posters promote long-forgottten Olympics and pool-table lightshades of coloured glass advertise Coors beer. Cocktails come in creamy or killer varieties, football or music videos are screened and staff buzz about in daft blue shirts with some bullshit motto on them. Recommended.

8am-2am daily
Zamanjina 7 More info

Culto

This is probably the smartest and certainly the largest, of four adjoining bars. Its drinks list is the biggest too and needs the long bar to accommodate the huge range of ingredients for intriguing cocktails such as Flying Kangaroo (rum,vodka, Galliano, coconut and pineapple juice, 40kn). Low slung black and- chocolate sofas line the white…

8am-midnight Mon-Thur, Sun; 8am-2am Fri & Sat.
Ive Vojnovića 39A More info
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D’Vino
Critics choice

Opened in 2008, Dubrovnik’s first real wine bar is presided over by Australian-Croatian Sasha and his friendly and informative team. D’Vino manages to stock more than 100 varieties, 76 available by the glass. Every decent Istrian, Slavonian and Dalmatian label is here, including Grgić Plavac Mali and Zlatan Plavac. The house wine begins at 25kn…

Mar-Dec 10am-2am daily
Palmotićeva 4A More info
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Hard Jazz Caffe Troubadour
Critics choice

The most famous bar in town, formerly run by Marko Brešković (1942-2010), one-time bass-player with the Dubrovački Trubaduri and an accomplished jazz musician to boot. Brešković used to preside over nightly jams on the Troubadour’s terrace, turning Bunićeva poljana into an essential stop-off on any nocturnal tour of the city. Despite Brešković’s departure the Troubadour…

Summer 9am-3am daily. Winter 5-11pm daily
Bunićeva poljana 2 More info
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