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AKC Medika
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Still going strong despite the municipal authorities’ threat to dramatically raise the rent, this shrine to all things alternative grew out of Zagreb’s anarchist movement and is still run as a non-profit-making collective. A courtyard decorated by some of Zagreb’s best street artists has a café-bar on one side, and a concert venue-cum-club space on…

According to events schedule, usually until late
Pierottijeva 11 More info
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Aquarius

The one club on the Jarun lakeside to be open 12 months a year, this 2,000-capacity, two-floor venue, which opened in 1992, is still ahead of the field. This is largely due to its commitment to mixing danceable beats with innovative DJ styles, augmented by a regular agenda of live music (with international rock and…

Café 9am-9pm daily. Club 10pm-6am daily
Aleja Matije Ljubeka More info
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Boogaloo

A 15-minute walk south of the train station, Boogaloo is a 1,500-capacity DJ club and live venue, opened in a spacious former cinema and cultural centre –  scene of seminal shows by Laibach and Einstürzende Neubauten in the mid-1980s. Expect a varied schedule of retro parties, house or techno DJs, and live international metal acts.    

According to event; usually 8am-4am
Vukovarska 68 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

Gallery

One of the snazziest clubs by Lake Jarun – and in Zagreb – Gallery has hosted DJs such as Ian Pooley, David Guetta and Martin Solveig. The interior is funky-chic and filled with chandeliers and candelabras. Big doormen keep a tight control on numbers and enforce a dress code (no trainers or jogging suits, please). Once you pass the…

late Mar-Oct 10am-1am Mon-Tue, Sun; 10am-6am Wed-Sat
Matije Ljubeka More info

Gjuro II
Critics choice

There’s something welcomingly lived-in about the rather worn and tatty Gjuro II (there is not a Gjuro I, just so you know), a cult Zagreb location that somehow succeeds in staying popular from one generation to the next. The narrow passageways on either side of the oblong bar ensure that you’ll bump and squeeze your…

11pm-4am Fri & Sat, also according to event
Medveščak 2 More info

Groove

The former Ritz Cabaret has given way to Groove, a totally different kind of club focused much more on delivering niche-but-good music to a hip and knowledgeable crowd. Friday nights feature one of the best hip-hop/RnB nights in the city, with veteran of the Zagreb rap-scene DJ Phat Phillie at the controls. Saturdays are more…

10pm-4am Fri, Sat
Petrinjska 4 More info

Hard Place

Located in a former industrial building that is now inhabited by a strange mixture of boxing clubs, sports gyms and bars (go round the back and head up the stairs), Hard Place is dedicated to everything connected with the culture of electric guitars, heavy riffing and big hair. A large performance space is decked out…

8pm-4am daily
Šubićeva 55/1 More info

Jabuka

Everyone knows the Apple, where a generation of thirty- and fortysomethings danced and found romance a decade or two ago. This grungy Tuškanac club, set in one of the nicest neighbourhoods in town, has a worn-in feel and still offers the rocking sounds of the 1980s in its modest dance room with multi-coloured spotlights. DJs…

11pm-5am Fri & Sat
Jabukovac 28 More info

Klub

Occupying the same courtyard as the Beertija beer bar, Klub is the ideal venue for small-scale live gigs and club nights. Located in a long, L-shaped brick cellar with a bit of a bottleneck around the bar, it feels lively and crowded even on slower nights. Regular club nights include the long-standing indie knees-up (Take Me Out), which moved here following…

Wed-Sat 8pm-4am
Pavla Hatza 14, Zagreb More info
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