Split Bars & Nightlife

In this blog post, we share the best bars, nightclubs, and nightlife in Split, Croatia. The largest Dalmatian town, Split has a vibrant nightlife with a variety of options for a great night out whether you look for a relaxed after-dinner alfresco drink, partying until wee hours, guided pub crawl, or live music venues. Split has it all! 

A photo of Riva in Split at night. Best Cafes, Bars and Nightclubs in Split, Croatia - Illustration

The formula is simple here, the night out in Split starts in bars at Riva promenade, then the bar crawl moves on into popular venues within the old town, and then around 1 pm, when bars start closing, the party moves to one of Split’s nightclubs. 

A pub crawl is very popular in Split, especially among younger people, mainly those under 30. There are so many bars and clubs in Split that you won't have any trouble finding one to have a drink, relax, or party after a day of sightseeing.

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The bars in the old town usually stay open until midnight on workdays, and until 2 am on weekends. After bars in the old town close their doors, the party moves to the clubs scattered all over the town. Bacvice beach is one of the most popular late-night spots in Split. 

The clubbing scene in Split is fun and unpretentious. The nightclubs don’t open before 11 pm and the people mostly move to the clubs after 1 pm when bars in the old town start closing down. Nightclubs stay open until 5 am.

Pub Crawl

A pub crawl is very popular in Split, especially among younger people, mainly those under 30. The companies offering a pub crawl in Split claim it to be the best night out in Split you will never remember :). This is a good way to meet fellow travelers and make friends. 

The Tower Pub Crawl is the most popular pub crawl in Split. They offer unlimited drinks from 9 pm to 11 pm, free pizza, and they are the only pub crawl that has some waterfront venues included too. The price is 180 Kn per person. 

Best Cafes, Bars, and Nightclubs in Split, Croatia

There are so many bars and clubs in Split that you won't have any trouble finding one to have a drink and relax after a day of sightseeing. In fact, you will immediately notice one thing in Split – people love to hang out in bars and cafes. Sometimes it seems that nobody actually works, because any time of the day you pass by, the bars and their terraces are buzzing with people.

Located in a small square in the old town, Sanctuary Bar is small and permanently busy. Charlie's bar is another good spot to hang out in the old town. A small fun bar, the Shotgun Shooters is a great place to start the night off. The Ghetto Club is the most popular bar in Split among locals, with an almost cult following. Leopold’s is one of the best bars in Split for craft beer aficionados.

Cafe Bar Vidilica is a popular daytime venue with great views over Split and the sea. Zbirac is an all-day hangout spot in Bacvice, right at the beachfront. The Adriatic Social Club is a great place for music connoisseurs and for anybody who likes to feel the local vibe. The Marvlvs Jazz Library Bar isn’t quite a party place, but rather a lovely, unique jazz and library bar.

Bar Sistema is a beautifully decorated cocktail bar. Noor is a friendly little place with a great choice of cocktails, spirits, and liquors. The Daltonist is another popular craft cocktail bar in Split.

We like the ST – Riva bar for its cool balcony with views down on Riva. Lvxor is one of the most unique places to have a drink in Split. 

Fabrique Pub is the largest pub in Split. Central The Club, located just out of the town walls, is the most popular late-night spot in Split. If you like a bit of an alternative music club, head for Quasimodo Club. Located right at the Bacvice Beach, Caffe-Club Bacvice is a popular late nightspot in Split.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary Bar in Split, Interior
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Located in a small square in the old town, Sanctuary Bar is small and permanently busy. And in summer, if you want to get a table, you better come early. 

Sanctuary has a great atmosphere, a good choice of local craft beer on tap, and cocktails. Cocktails are reasonably priced here.

Address: Poljana Stare gimnazije 1, Split

Charlie’s Backpackers Bar

Charlie's bar is another good spot to hang out in the old town with a good mix of the local and international crowds, a great atmosphere, and cheap drinks.

The crowd is young, the staff is friendly and fun, and here, the drinks are ordered by buckets. 

Charlie’s is a great place to meet fellow travelers. 

Address: Ul. Petra Kružića 5, Split

Shotgun Shooters Bar

Shotgun Shooters Bar in Split,
Photo credit: Shotgun Shooters Bar

A small fun bar, the Shotgun Shooters Bar is a great place to start the night off. The Shotgun Shooters Bar is loud with a great vibe, friendly staff, tasty but deadly drinks, and reasonable prices (3€ for a shooter). 

Address: Ul. Majstora Jurja 5, Split

Academia Club Ghetto

Academia Club Ghetto, Split
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The Academia Club Ghetto is the most popular bar in Split among locals, with an almost cult following. 

Located in a courtyard on Dosud street, Ghetto Club often hosts live performances, and art exhibitions, and has a bit of an underground club feel.

Address: Dosud Ulica 10, Split

Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar

Leopold’s is one of the best bars in Split for craft beer aficionados. Located on Dosud Street, it is the tiniest bar possible, but well worth seeking out. The bar is run by Mandrill Nano brewery a local craft beer producer, but besides their own beer, the other breweries are also well represented.  

The interior of the bar is stunning, built into the town's walls. Outside there are just a few tables, but lots of people just hang out around the bar.

Address: Dosud Ulica 6, Split

Cafe Bar Vidilica

Teraca Vidilica, Split - the views
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Cafe Bar Vidilica is a popular daytime venue with great views over Split and the sea. Go there for the views, and order a coffee, a soft drink, beer, or a glass of wine. Forget the cocktails or the food, there are better places in Split to indulge in those treats. Oh, yes, the service can be grumpy, but the views are worth it. 

Address: Setaliste Luke Botica 3, Split

Caffe Bar Zbirac

Zbirac at Bacvice beach is as local as it gets. Locals simply love to hang out here. Zbirac is an all-day hangout spot right at the beachfront. Plenty of sea breeze galore, a great place just to have a cold beer during the hot summer days and enjoy watching a game of picingin at the beach.

Address: Setaliste Petra Preradovica 5, Split

Adriatic Social Club

Adriatic Social Club in Split, Interior
Photo credit: Adriatic Social Club

The Adriatic Social Club is where locals hang out. It’s a bit out of the old town (15 min walk) but it’s worth seeking out for its chilled vibe, reasonable prices, great choice of drinks including anything from a selection of teas to a variety of cocktails, friendly staff, and great music. The Adriatic Social Club is a great place for music connoisseurs and for anybody who likes to feel the local vibe. 

Address: Licka Ulica 5, Split

Marvlv’s Jazz Library

Photo credit: Marvlvs Jazz Library

The Marvlvs Jazz Library Bar isn’t quite a party place, but rather a lovely, unique jazz and library bar located in a 15th-century palace, that's believed to be the birth house of Marko Marulic, a famed Renaissance poet and writer. The interior is amazing: original cobblestone flooring, and wooden beam ceiling. Very cool place!

Address: Papaliceva Ulica 4, Split

Bar Sistema

Bar Sistema, Split
Photo credit: Bar Sistema

A beautifully decorated cocktail bar with a long counter and floor-to-ceiling liquor cabinet can easily match the best-looking bars in cities like NYC or London. 

At the Bar Sistema, the owner is the barman and that guarantees dangerously good signature cocktails. Their whiskey library is also quite impressive! 

Address: Ulica Andrije Kacica Miosica 7, Split

Noor

Noor Bar in Split, Interior
Photo credit: Noor Bar

Noor is a friendly little place with a great choice of cocktails, spirits, and liquors. The interior is beautiful, but tiny with maybe enough place for 20 people. A small staircase across from the bar serves as an improvised terrace on hot summer nights. 

Address: Bajamontijeva 2, Split

The Daltonist

The Daltonist Bar in Split, Interior
Photo credit: The Daltonist

No other bar in Split has an international team like The Daltonist: the owner is Irish, the promotion gal is Argentinian, while barman and head chefs are Croatians. The rest of the team comes from other places too.  

The Daltonist is another popular craft cocktail bar in Split. The cocktails are light and refreshing, inspired by Dalmatian traditions. 

They also have a good choice of craft beer, and local schnapps, some used in their signature drinks. The Daltonist also serves tapas-style food. 

Address: Hrvojeva 10, Split

ST – Riva

There are lots of bars along the Riva promenade. However, we like ST – Riva the most. 

They have a terrace at the promenade but also a cool little balcony looking over the Riva. The food and drink menu is extensive, although nothing extraordinary.  

This is a nice place to relax over a drink and watch the world go by. 

Address: Obala Hrvastkog narodnog preporoda 1, Split

Lvxor

Lvxor terrace at the steps of Peristyle Square

Drinks here are expensive and the place can seem pretentious, but the venue is amazing. Lvxor is one of the most unique places to have a drink in Split. 

Lvxor is located right at the Peristyle square. Their outdoor seating is arranged on the burgundy cushions on the steps of the Palace. Come for a drink at night time, and enjoy the beauty of the place while listening to the live guitar music. 

Lvxor also serves food but we haven’t eaten there. 

Address: Ulica kraj svetog Ivana 11, Split

Fabrique Pub

Interior of the Fabrique Pub in Split
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The largest pub in Split, Fabrique, has a lovely industrial-style interior, and over 40 international beers on offer. The place is huge with a front room for drinks, and a backroom for dining. Fabrique is open until 2 am, and on weekends it hosts DJs and live bands.

Address: Trg Franje Tudmana 3, Split

Central The Club

Central the Club, Split
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Central The Club, located just out of the town walls, is the most popular late-night spot in Split. This is a large two-story club that often features live concerts, international DJs, and alike. It alternates music styles although they are predominantly playing electronic dance music. They also have thematic nights throughout the week. There is an entrance fee to get in. Drinks are expensive. 

Address: Trg Gaje Bulata 4, Split

Quasimodo Club

If you like a bit of an alternative music club, head for Quasimodo Club located a ten-minute walk north of the old town. Quasimodo serves as a coffee bar during the day and a nightclub during the night. The program includes live performances, DJ nights, and music varies from rock, indie rock, jazz, blues, and sometimes thematic music nights featuring any style.

Address: Gunduliceva Ulica 26, Split

Caffe-Club Bacvice 

Located right at the Bacvice Beach, Caffe-Club Bacvice is a popular late nightspot in Split. Located at the seafront, the club has some pretty impressive views over Adriatic. It's a fashionable, dress to impress, and dance a night away spot in Split. 

Address: Setaliste Petra Preradovica 2, Split

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11 thoughts on “Split Bars & Nightlife”

  1. Hi Frank,

    My friends and I are coming to Split at the end of June/Beg of July and were wondering if there were any clubs that play hip-hop/top20s.

    Thanks!
    Adesuwa

    Reply
    • Thanks for the hint Viviane. I’ll remove it from the blog. The problem with bars and restaurants is that they open/ close or change an ownership (and thus the offer) so often, it’s hard to follow. Thanks!

  2. Hi – I am in Split from August 22nd to August 26th and looking for a couple of night spots that have underground electronic music such as techno or psychedelic trance and was wondering what your best recommendations are?

    Many thanks :)

    Reply
  3. Hi – I am looking to find a good bar/club in Split in August (15th). We are a group of 6 girls and looking for a ‘house’ or ‘commercial chart’ night and wondering which of the many clubs would be best to go to?

    We are also taking a trip to Hvar and also wondering which night parties are the best to go to?

    Appreciate your help with this. Thanks in advance :-)

    Reply
    • Hi Katie,

      Since your trip was last year, are you able to recommend any places?! There are 5 girls, looking for the same thing, and we are staying pretty much on Bacvice beach x

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