This place has been around for a few years and it’s a real locals’ hang-out. The interior of Alcatraz is crowded with American number plates, beer flags, and mannequins – one of which wears a Mick Jagger mask and seems to be a part of the party. The weekends see it packed with locals, who…

7am-4am Mon-Sat; 9am-4am Sun
Preradovićeva 12, Zagreb More info
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Bacchus Jazz Bar
Critics choice

Just off the first square as you walk up from the station, the Bacchus Jazz Bar is an ideal place to meet friends, listen to jazz and either have a civilised party evening or get revved up for what’s to come. Relaunched as a jazz bar in 2008 after several years on the social margins,…

11am-midnight Mon-Fri; noon.midnight Sat
Trg kralja Tomislava 16 More info

Bikers Beer Factory

Providing another great reason to visit the nether regions of Savsk cesta (Vintage Industrial Bar is one other), Bikers is by no means a niche bar for a niche public. Biking provides the design theme and indeed there’s a motorbike repair shop at the same address, but the general atmosphere is one of easygoing alternative lifestyles plus rock’n’roll. The exposed brick interior contains a few post-industrial touches; there’s a…

8am-midnight Sun-Thur; 8am-2am Fri & Sat
Savska cesta 150, Zagreb More info

Blok Bar
Critics choice

Very much the new kid on the block when it comes to ultra-cool but ultra-comfortable interiors, Blok Bar is arguably Zagreb‘s most aesthetically pleasing place in which to enjoy a relaxing daytime brew. Designed by local architecture studio Penezić and Rogina, it’s a great example of how to make the most of a small space,…

7am-11pm Mon-Sat; 8am-2pm Sun
Tomašićeva 13 More info
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Bulldog XL

The anchor of the café and pub scene on the buzzing street between the Hotel Dubrovnik and Flower Square (parallel to and one street south of the main square), Bulldog offers something for everyone. The interior is upscale: electronic sliding-glass doors; big flat-screen TVs for match days; a wide selection of Belgian beers on draught;…

Café 8am-1am daily. Club & Café 9pm-3am Wed-Sat
Bogovićeva 6 More info

Bunga Bunga

One of the flashiest of the currently fashionable nightspots, Bunga Bunga is an essential night out for connoisseurs of Croatian popular culture. Expect Croatian and Balkan dance-pop, dancing girls, and a shake of local celebrities. 

11pm-6am Fri-Sat
Florijana Andrašeca 14, Zagreb More info

Café-Bar Gavella

The café-bar of the Gavella Theatre is something of a Zagreb classic, with its smoky ambience, looks-like-marble-but-isn’t-really interior, and odd mixture of dressed-up theatre-goers and garrulous middle-aged men who just popped in to see if the football was on TV. The likelihood of actually seeing any stars of the stage in here are slim indeed – the…

9am-11pm Mon-Sat
Frankopanska 8, Zagreb More info
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Cica Bar
Critics choice

This tiny storefront ‘graperia, cafeteria and galleria’ is the most underground place you’ll find on the Tkalčićeva strip. The interior undergoes radical changes every year or so and has the appearance of an art installation rather than a café-bar. Last year’s sci-fi look has been replaced by a long table made from an ironing board, and…

10am-1am daily
Tkalčićeva 18 More info

Dobar Zvuk

Suitably set in an old hi-fi store, this superior music bar is a lively and popular rendezvous for younger, spiky-haired locals and older rockers. Pub-like in style – old Guinness ads, bare brickwork, pictures of Zappa, the Doors, Costello – ‘Good Sound’ might be guitar-driven but lacks the macho male overtones of other music bars…

8am-midnight Mon-Thur; 8am-1am Fri; 9am-1am Sat; 10am-midnight Sun
Gajeva 18 More info

Dream Coffee & Wine Bar

Given the upsurge in quality Croatian wine production, it’s no surprise that the concept of the wine bar is also on the rise. Dream goes for the slinky suave approach to wine-bar chic, with plush grey bench-seats and armchairs illuminated by what look like crystal pineapples hanging from a vaulted red-brick ceiling. There’s an excellent choice of wines by the glass starting at 18Kn – and…

8am-11pm daily
Frankopanska 1, Zagreb More info
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