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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

Café Bar Sova

This new addition to the city’s live music scene looks like everything a jazz bar ought to be; a large L-shaped cellar with a stage at the apex, and chic but not overwhelming décor featuring matt greys, pastel colours and a fair bit of exposed brick. There’s a separate smoking room with plush back couches. The live…

7am-midnight daily
Hebrangova 10, Zagreb More info

Hard Place

Fancy a night out at the National Library? The row of retail units that runs along the base of the library building is increasingly being taken over by music bars, of which alternative hangout SPUNK is the most famous. Previously located near Kvatrić Market, the Hard Place rock club moved here in early 2014. It has an excellent live music performance space at the…

Hrvatske bratske zajednice 4, Zagreb 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

Lisinski Concert Hall

Opened in 1973, this 2,000-seater is the main classical venue in town, located just over the Sava. Opera, ballet and theatre are staged here, and the Lisinski, named after the 19th-century Croatian composer, also serves as a convention centre.There’s a 300-capacity smaller hall here too. The venue saw a serious revamp before hosting the Eurovision…

according to event. Ticket office 10am-8pm Mon-Fri; 9am-2pm Sat; 2hrs before performance
Trg Stjepana Radića 4 More info

Močvara

Legendary venue that has hosted innumerable international names (the Buzzcocks, Jonathan Richman, Einstürzende Neubauten and Mogwai to name but four) alongside virtually anybody that matters on the domestic musical scene, Močvara, ‘the Swamp’, is where young alternatives gather for underground fun and a wide variety of live music acts. Set on the banks of the…

8pm-1am Mon-Thur, Sun; 8pm-4am Fri, Sat
Trnjanski nasip More info

Pogon Jedinstvo

Occupying the same former factory as the Močvara club but with a larger hall at its disposal, Pogon hosts events organised by various alternative-culture organisations – club nights, gigs, art shows and performing arts included. It’s the perfect post-industrial space for a grungey party, attracting the same kind of good-natured indie crowd you’ll see at…

according to event
Trnjanski nasip More info

Rock Club Ribnjak

The concrete building in Ribnjak park, formerly home to the Purgeraj music bar, has metamorphosed into Rock Club Ribnjak. Little has changed in terms of appearance or content: there’s still a live music space, a conservatory-style parkside pavilion, and a bar in-between the two. Live acts include local indie hopefuls and cover bands; and it’s a great place for evening drinking in early summer…

9am-4am daily
Ribnjak 1, Zagreb More info

Sax

Opened a decade ago, Sax is one of the best spots in town to see live bands. Different nights of the week are devoted to different genres, with up-and-coming indie bands playing on Tuesdays, jazz, classic rock and dance-oriented DJs filling out the rest of the schedule. The stage is big and the venue is spacious…

9pm-3am Mon-Sat
Palmotićeva 22/2 More info
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