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Home » Events, FUN, Party, Split

Nightlife in Split

Hemmingway nightlife partyOn of the key issues, for backpackers and other younger people visiting Split, is of course to find out what kind of Nightlife Split has to offer?

So here is my version of how a good evening program could look like, at the end of my tour you can find a map of the locations I have mentioned as well as a price guide and some links to some very very nice pictures from the different clubs.

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Nightlife tour:

After finishing dinner, I would go down to the Riva and have a drink in one of the numerous coffee bars along the Riva, my personal recommendation would be ST – Riva

ST-Riva: Is situated on water side of the Diocletian Palace, like all other bars ST-Riva has tables and chairs on the Riva, but the real charm of the place is to get a seat at the first floor balcony overlooking the Riva.

At around 10 PM I would move in to the palace where the following places can be recommended

Gaga: in one of the small streets leading from the piazza square, you find the bar Gaga, Gaga is as you will see, not very big, but extremely popular in the summer season. If you want a place to sit and enjoy a cocktail from the outdoor bar, you should arrive no later then 11 PM.

Red room: in the northern part of the old town on a large square you find the bar Red room, once you enter the bar, you will know why it is called red room. Red room and the other bars situated at the square, have furnished the square with living room chairs, so if you are looking for a comfortable sit, while enjoying a beer or cocktail, this is the place to go.

Luxor: how does this sound? You sit in the centre of the old town on the Peristil square and enjoy a glass of red wine while listening to some of Splits best young musicians, if that is how you like to spend your evening, Luxor is for sure the place to go.

 

Puls: Less the 100 meters from the Riva you will find maybe the most popular area for the early evening hours, the 3 bars Puls, Fluid and Ghetto, especially the narrow street in front of them, is packed almost every evening during summer. When you head to the area from the Riva, the first bar you will find is Puls, the charm of the place is the small tables and chairs placed on the stairs outside of the bar.

Fluid: If you manage to move up the stairs in front of Puls, you will end at fluid which is a very small bar. The outside area is limited to 6 or 8 small tables and lots of people standing, what you should do, is to stick your head inside and check out the round room, which is built into the palace wall.

Ghetto: A few meters after Fluid, you find the place Ghetto which if situated in a courtyard, where live bands often are playing, the audience, the music and the interior design of Ghetto gives the place an atmosphere like an underground club.

I you still are up for party after midnight, it is time to move on to one of Splits discotheques, best time to go is around 1 AM.

Vanilla SplitVanilla Club: Is situated behind the Poljud Stadium which is a 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive in a taxi from the old town, Vanilla is a popular place, which is often packed during the summer month, but do to the large terrace you can always find a corner where you can enjoy a cocktail. Live music acts, mostly by local artist, several times a week

  • Capacity: 2000 people.
  • Audience: 20+, you have to be relatively well dressed, don’t expect to get in wearing beach clothes.
  • Entrance fee:  if there is live music you will have to pay entrance fee around 30 to 50 kuna.

You can see program for upcoming event on Vanilla clubs homepage

Hemmingway Split 2Hemingway Split: Is the Split branch of the Hemingway clubs, which also can be found in Zagreb, Opatija and Rijeka, the place is the most exclusive club you can find in Split, the outside area, which is directly at the water, was complete renovated a few years ago and now include outside VIP lounges and the longest bar in Split. During summer month you have international artists (bands and Dj’s) on the program several times a week.

  • Capacity: around 2000 people
  • Audience: 20+, you have to be relatively well dressed, don’t expect to get in wearing beach clothes.
  • Entrance fee:  if there is live music you will have to pay entrance fee around 30 to 50 kuna.

You can see program for upcoming event on Hemingway’s homepage

Club Bačvice SplitBačvice bar: If you spend a day on the Bačvice beach you might notice the buildings on the left side of the beach, in the evening this place turns in to a party “mile”, one of the most popular places, especially among the younger audience, is the Club Bačvice, here you have techno beats and cave dancers to speed up the party.

  • Capacity: around 500 people – bar is not in a closed area.
  • Audience: 18-25, older people are of course also welcome.
  • Entrance fee:  Normally no fee

Tropic SplitTropic: the round building which you can see from the beach, turns in to the tropic bar in the late evening hours. The place is relative small and has no outside area, so expect the place to be full from around midnight.

  • Capacity: around 500 people.
  • Audience: 20+, again here you might not get in if you are wearing beach clothes.
  • Entrance fee: As far as I know, there is no entrance fee.

O’Hara: If you are more in to Rock music, you would have to go to O’hara the place is situated in the second bay after Bačvice, it would take you about 15-20 min. to walk there, taxi is around 40 kuna from the Riva. In the summer you have live bands and DJ’s playing.

  • Capacity: around 1000 people
  • Audience: 20+, normally no dress code
  • Entrance fee: 10 kuna on normal nights, if there is live music you will have to pay 20 – 40 kuna.

You can see program for upcoming event on O’hara homepage

Other things you need to know for your Split nightlife tour:

Map: on the map below you can find all the bars and discotheques mentioned above, if you need taxi to move around between the clubs you should call +38521970, they have English speaking radio operators. Remember always to ask for price before jumping in the taxi, as you see I have marked several taxi stations on the map, use the closed!

Split nightlife map

Prices: he is rough indication of the drink prices for your budget planning:

Beer draft ½ L (local brand) 15-25 kuna
Beer 0.33 bottle (int. brand) 20-25 kuna
Coke 12–20 kuna
Red bull and vodka 25-35 kuna
Long drink (e.g. Rom and coke) 15-35 kuna
Cocktail 30-60 kuna

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Pictures: All the pictures you see above, I have borrowed from a friend of mine who runs a portal about the nightlife in Split, unfortunately page is currently only available on Croatian, but there is some very nice picture galleries from most of the above mentioned bars, which you can see here.

Hope our small guide, will help you find your way around in Split by night!

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7 Comments »

  • Milly says:

    Hi there,
    When you say “Audience: 20+” is that because the club/bar doesn’t allow people in under 20 ??

  • gustavo says:

    hello, my name is Gustavo, i´m from Brazil. I´ll spend 2 month europeu, and plan going to Croácia;
    i´ll be there aroud 25th-June to 7th-July;
    will get plane from Barcelona, to Split. Then spend some days in Split, Havar, Brac, Vis..;
    Please i´m looking for private rooms,can be simple, but i need bed, and shower… Spend day out.

    -Can you give na ideia for the prices of cheap rooms i can find?
    -Is it better to reserve, and book already, or better to get there and give a walk asking?
    – Prices for meals, like just a lunch at lunch time, and good dinner at nigh, or good lunch, and cheap dinner vice versa;
    – Prices of ferrys and boats, to take me from Split, to Hvar, and from Hvar to Brac and Vis?
    – As i´ll be in Split, is it good to go all the way down to Dubrovinik? Better by bus, ou by ferry, from Split or hvar?
    _ I want to go to Plitvice park and waterfalls, do you know the prices, for park entrancy, and how to get there?
    – I looked for the Hideout festival, in ZRCE at PAG island., but ll tickets are finished, is it worthless going there, or to crowded, and to Young people, i´m 35 yeras?
    Is it good to take inflatable stand up, many places to paddle around, calm water? What about kitesurf, is it good to take, or not many windy places to sail?

    thankyou very much,,regards,

    Gus

    • Hello Gostavo

      For prices you can check out here
      Ferries are not expencive, the once you mentioned are between 5-10 euro one way ticket.
      From Split you could take the bus, or you can travel Split, Hvar, Korcula and then Dubrovnik
      All information about Plitvice you can find here
      Zrce is for young people, you can also find good parties in Split on Hvar and in Dubrovnik, so no need to go to Zrce for that.
      You can for sure padle around in varius places, wind is normally not to strong during summer season, so kitesurfing would probably not be possible.

      Kindest regads, Morten

      • gustavo says:

        Thank you very much Morten,

        you´re a real expert in all subjects about Croácia.

        very good, because, information about Croácia is very poor on websites, and internet about general informations;

        one more question, why is Dubrovinik so more expensive than Split and Hvar?
        how can I find only 1 bed, or room, because I´ll be traveling alone, and difficult to find only one bed, or room for 1 person, mostly shows only 2 person private room, or 1 room with big bed, and if choose only 1 person, pay for both doble price.

        please send me some options nice places for 1 person, Dubrovinik, Hvar, and Split?

        Do you think last week of June from 25th of june, to 6 or 7 July, is very crowded and full all Croácia, or is it good time to go??? I´m afraid about not finding places to sleep, and prices to expensive?

        Do you think to go to Plitvice park better to rente car, go and come back to Split, or better to go and come back by bus? I ask because of the time, bus takes 5hs? and rente car much more expensive.

        If I take stand up inflatable, is it easy to buy or rente the paddle there in croacia, because cannot take it on plane, they consider it a weapon, imagine that..;
        Maybe buy or rent paddle in Croácia, and take my inflatable SUP.

        Regards;

        Gus.

        • Your are welcome Gustavo.

          Dubrovnik is the top destination in Croatia, which is why prices are normally higher there. I can’t help you much in relation to find accommodation, offer and avalibility change constantly, so it is simply impossible for me to be update on that issue.

          The really crowded time here is July and August, if you travel from 25June to 7th of July, there will probably be lots of people here, but you should not worry about finding a place to sleep, there is always places you can get in last minute, they are not all perfect, but for one or a few nights sleep they will do.

          Visting Plitvice in one day, is possible, but with a lot of time spend on the bus, renting a car, could reduce your travel time with a few hours, but is also more expensive for a single traveller.

          I don’t think i would be easy to find a paddle to rent here, probably you will have to buy one.

          Brgds, Morten

  • Saurabh says:

    Hi,

    We want to visit Croatia over New Year Eve 2015 and would like to have your recommendation for a good place to celebrate the new year in Hvar or Dubrovnik?

    Are the clubs and party places open in December since it is winter and off-season for tourists? How is the nightlife at this time of the year?

    Thanks!

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