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The Best Live Music Venues in Split, Croatia

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Updated: 8 March 2017
Split’s party potential has picked up considerably over the last few decades, with a rash of new live music venues and uber-cool clubs spreading across the city as it peaks in popularity. Split’s cultural scenes took a battering during the Croatian War of Independence, and later, crippled by recession, young creatives and musicians migrated to the capital Zagreb, or abroad. Tourism has helped regenerate the Roman city and now Split has a music scene it can call its own. For a city of its size, Split punches well above its weight for quality live music venues and cool clubs, with many sited in the ancient maze of Diocletian’s Palace. Read on for our guide to the best venues for live music and where to party in Split.
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Quasimodo

The alternative, idiosyncratic Quasimodo is located on the second floor of a Socialist-era office block, but forget its incongruous location: this is Split’s chief hipster-hangout. As well as putting on spoken word nights and pub quizzes, this music hub specialises in live indie gigs and DJs during the weekend, rapturously well-received by locals and interrailing bar-crawlers.

Ul. Ivana Gundulića 26, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 91 934 273

Quasimodo Klub Split © Quasimodo

Quasimodo Klub Split © Quasimodo

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Kocka

The underground Kocka club is all about pills ‘n’ thrills. This slightly grimy after-hours venue lays on high-octane techno, drum’n’bass and punk nights, with four-to-the-floor beats reverberating around the graffiti-strewn venue to the sweaty, appreciative crowd. Ostensibly, Kocka attracts a loyal alternative, party-loving following and doesn’t do much in the way of self-promotion, so check their Facebook page for listings.

Slobode ul. 26, 21000, Split, Croatia

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Hemingway

The classy cocktail chain Hemingway invites a well-heeled crowd, attracting a near-continuous flurry of punters dressed up for a night on the town. The large interior is tastefully decorated, and the chic open-air terrace features a swimming pool and a thronging dance floor with a commercial clubby vibe.

Ulica Mediteranskihigara 5, 21000, Split, Croatia, +385 21 384 339

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Legends Bar

The sea-facing Legends Bar is a major player in Split’s alternative rock scene, showcasing the best of local metal, punk, rock’n’roll and blues. At Legends, the music policy is discernibly louder and faster than many of Split’s live music nightspots, fantastically contrasting with its beachside location, where the sea gently splashes on Bačvice on balmy summer nights.

Šetalište Petra Preradovića, 21000, Split, Croatia

Legends Bar © Legends Bar, Split

Legends Bar © Legends Bar, Split

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Spaladium Arena

Split’s most credible major venue, a roster of international and domestic acts regularly stop off at the Spaladium and its 12,000 capacity space. A magnet for big-name rock’n’rollers, electronic dance music superstars and the occasional indie hero, check its programme of events for up-to-date info on their latest bookings.

21000, Split, Croatia, +385 21 560 111
Spaladium Arena | © Wikicommons

Spaladium Arena | © Wikicommons