Here’s what we think are some of the best bars and clubs in Dubrovnik to really get the party going!
Website: Caffe Buza
Ahh, Buza Bar – probably the most famous, “secret” place in town! This legendary place is accessed by going through a doorway on the southern side of the Old Town walls – make your own way round to the southernmost street of the Old Town and you should eventually find a sign saying “Cold Drinks”. If you do, you’re in the right spot! Set amongst the rocks beyond the Old Town walls, this cafe/bar has a number of narrow levels. Find any free table and sit yourself down – you’ll soon get attended to by the quick staff. Get a beer or a glass of wine and look out to sea to watch the boats sail by. The best time of day to come – unsurprisingly – is around sunset. Everyone else has the same idea, of course, so try and turn up a little early!
Troubadour Hard Jazz Cafe
Buniceva Poljana 2
In a square with what seems like a million and one bars (…slight exaggeration!) you’ll find this gem in one corner. With plenty of seating outdoors (and barely any inside) the biggest draw of this place is the live music each night. Park up at any of the small tables – all of which already have chairs pointing towards the musicians – and take in the great music. Piano and double bass seem to be the two instrumental mainstays; some of the waiters also seem to join in on some songs on drums or bongo! Good range of standard drinks and cocktails too.
360 degrees by Jeffery Vella
Where one of Dubrovnik’s most famous upmarket restaurants – Gil’s Restaurant – once stood comes this venture, opened in 2012. Upstairs at Gil’s was once Gil’s Pop Lounge, and the new restaurant’s cocktail bar doesn’t seem to have a separate name…but don’t let that put you off. With a truly wonderful view overlooking the Old Town harbour (although the drinks here are pricey, they’re worth it just for that view), it’s a spacious outdoor cocktail lounge decorated in lots of white (chairs, sofas, tables). Cocktails are expertly made and the drinks list is extensive. We were (unusually) served some cvarke as a little snack accompaniment – I think it worked, and couldn’t stop helping myself! (Cvarke are similar to pork scratchings that you get in the UK. Can’t imagine that being served in a top-end London cocktail bar!)
Frana Supila 4
Right on Banje Beach (by day it’s a restaurant/bar), a short walk from the Old Town’s Ploce Gate. Lively club that stays open until the wee hours.