A hidden Zagreb gem, Alcatraz is an after dinner, before the club spot that’s popular with both tourists and locals. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in character, with eclectic lights, flags of different countries and other knick-knacks hanging from the ceiling, and walls that are filled with a quirky mix of paintings and decorations. The beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Great live music and an outdoor space for mingling make it one of Zagreb’s top drinking spots.
Address & telephone number: Preradoviceva 12, Zagreb, Croatia, +38 5915 213703
Dežman Bar sits in a narrow, pedestrian alley just off one of Zagreb’s busiest streets, making it a prime drinking and dining locale that’s close to the center, but far enough from the noise. Its modern interior with matte black walls gives it a swanky, sleek vibe, and its outdoor terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a gourmet sandwich, a bottle of wine and good conversation. Dežman Bar is the whole package in one place with good service, great food and even better drinks.
Address & telephone number: Dezmanova 3, Zagreb, Croatia, +38 5148 46160
Go back in time at this ‘80s themed bar, which is named after Miroslav Krleža, a famous Croatian writer who was born in the building in 1893. Close to the main square, MK has a beautiful wooden bar and booth seating, and has become the gathering spot for Zagreb’s artists, bohos, locals, and the tippler crowd. While it’s no nightclub, MK Bar is still one of Zagreb’s most charming dive bars, and it still gets rowdy and crowded with locals on the weekends.
Address & telephone number: 10000 Radićeva ul. 12, Zagreb, Croatia, +38 5148 30980
Decorated with a dark wood and brass interior, Oliver Twist has two floors and a huge outdoor terrace in front, perfect for people watching. Smack dab in the midst of a street with plenty of other bar options, this Zagreb pub offers up a generous selection of local and imported brews and liquors. Oliver Twist has an English pub feel to it, and you’re likely to hear both English and Croatian speakers when you walk in.
Address & telephone number: Ivana Tkalčića 60, Zagreb, Croatia, +385 1 4812 206
A trendy music bar and chic student hangout, SPUNK’s vibe changes from a coffee break bar in the day to a garage rock bar with DJs and indie bands at night. The brightly colored walls are lined with comic book murals, and vintage movie and music posters, and the vibe in here is practically electric, with neon lighting and even some hanging disco balls. Visitors can enjoy drinks sitting around the bar or at a table, all the while enjoying live music into the early hours of night.
Address & telephone number: Hrvatske bratske zajednice b.b., Zagreb, Croatia; +385 1 6151 528
Sherry’s is a wine lover’s paradise. Go by the bottle or the glass in this intimate, cozy spot just outside the city center, which has about 250 wines from all over the region. Snack on Croatian tapas (cheese, ham, olives) and appetizers while you learn about different wines, and expect staff and owners to help suggest the best wines for your taste (and wallet). A relaxing bar for any occasion, Sherry’s is sure to make you feel right at home.