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
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.
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.
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.
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.