When the sun goes down, Dubrovnik, like other popular coastal cities, makes the slow transition from bustling tourist hub to rowdy revelry destination. Depending on when you plan to visit, nightlife here can deliver a week-long party or just a long weekend romp, so pick your poison. Late spring and summer months are awash with foreigners staggering from evening bars along the Stradun (ul. Placa) to late-night clubs scattered throughout the Old City and beyond. These nights tend to precariously straddle that fine line between really fun and really obnoxious. Outside of peak season, however, those locals who have stuck around after the crowds have departed emerge, and the scene becomes noticeably less intense. Here are a few good things to keep in mind in order to make the most of your more deviant hours in the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Inside the old city walls is where you’ll find the majority of the action, especially if you’re checking out the bar scene earlier in the night. Both directly on or just off the Stradun there are a few easily accessible watering holes to check out, so it doesn’t hurt to pay a preliminary visit to this main 300 meter drag. In the summer months especially, just keep an eye out for the lines of patrons spilling out onto the street and you’ll find the night’s hot spot. As you venture further into the interior of the old city there are a few good names to keep in mind, including Troubadour and Café Buza; the first, located in the particularly enjoyable Bunic Square behind the Cathedral, specializes in live jazz music while the second offers a truly incredible drinking experience on the cliffs overlooking the Adriatic.
If clubs are what you’re after, the area of investigation becomes a little more widespread. Old city, of course, has a few contenders, but most of the die-hard action will be found just outside the city walls. Like any metropolis, these establishments have a propensity for impermanence; however some of the mainstays include Latin Club Fuego along the west entrance, East-West on the Dubrovnik Riviera and Culture Club Revelin near the Ploce Gate. Keep in mind that days and hours of operation for most of these establishments vary depending on the season, so you may want to check ahead before paying a visit during the winter months. Check out our recommended links for more info, or just get out there and make the most of Dubrovnik’s nocturnal offerings.