Purgeraj Club, Zagreb
Bars, cafes, clubs, discos, pubs, live music; determined nightcrawlers need never be bored by Zagreb nightlife. You have the Upper Town with the sinuous, bar-lined Tkalciceva street and the Lower Town with Bogoviceva and Trg Preradovica plus the Branimir Centre across from the train station. Then you have Out-of-Town down by Jarun Lake and south of the Sava river (where a car is most convenient).
For the most part, the vibe is pretty relaxed in Zagreb clubs. Menacing bouncers, ruthlessly selective door policies and watery cocktails have not yet made inroads onto the scene. There are a few clubs where you're expected to show up in movie-star fashion but they are a definite exception. The cover runs from about 30 to 50KN. Drinks are about the same.
There are way too many places to list everything but here are some of the essential stops:
In the Lower Town on Preradoviceva 12, this American-themed party bar is know for its crowds of happy locals chugging down exotic beer and local spirits.
Down by Jarun Lake at Jarunska 5, this is raw and boisterous and cheap. Calling all students.
Hemingway Lounge Bar
Across from the National Theater at Trg maršala Tita 1, this sophisticated but relatively pricey bar specializes in fruity cocktails under chandeliers. Salads and sandwiches are also on offer.
Just a hop from Trg Jelacica at Margaretska 1, this colorful bar is not just for lovers of Maraschino liqueur but for anyone who appreciates highly original decor and a jovial crowd.
Coffee, drinks, desserts and snacks are served up here at Petrića 1 in a relaxed modern ambience with mellow music and an entirely smoke-free environment.
Old Pharmacy Pub
At Hebranga 11a, this old stalwart is the place to go for a brew in a proper pub atmosphere. Catch up with the news on CNN or Sky or peruse the English-langage newspapers.
On Bogoviceva, this hugely popular watering hole is teeming, especially on summer nights when the crowds fill up the streets.
At Tkalciceva 60, this pub is as woody and shadowy as a pub should be plus the beer is great.
Enjoy a "cat cocktail" (like a mojito) or craft beer while petting an array of rescued cats at this new hangout. It's at Kuslanova 6.
Kino Klub Gric
Near the main square at Jurišićeva 6 this comfy cafe-bar on a movie theme spans two levels. It's a good place to sample Croatian rakijas with (or instead of) your coffee. There's a DJ on weekends.
Limb Caffe Bar
Near Kset (below), is also a hip, underground artsy venue with a slightly older crowd. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/limb.caffebar/
This jazz club is in the center of the Lower Town on Trg Jelacica right underneath Gradska Kavana, one of Zagreb's most popular and chic-est cafes. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vipclubzagreb/
From live shows to the city's most popular DJs, here on Unska 3 is where you can check out the hippest of the hip.
It's an alternative music/art scene here at Trnjanska near the Sava river and a real showcase for Zagreb's latest bands and DJs.
Very eclectic programming (jazz, blues, rock, etc) and a mellow vibe are the ingredients to this popular place in Ribnjak park. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/KLUB-PURGERAJ/322820164765
If you have to choose one dance club, this should be it. The music is eclectic, that is, not strictly techno and you don't have to be under 20 to enjoy it. It's Zagreb's oldest disco.
Near Zagreb's delightful Jarun Lake, Aquarius is big, splashy and fun with the best DJs and merriest crowd.
Very Buddha-bar and also on Jarun Lake, Gallery Club has hosted famous DJs such as David Guetta and David Morales. Dress up.
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