Split’s nightlife scene might best be described as something between the wild summer parties on islands like Hvar and the more predictable, year-round consistency of Zagreb. At times it’s a bit heavy handed on the more superficial “glam-club” scene, but hey, this is Croatia; what did you expect? And because the city doesn’t rely completely on tourism, visitors will find it more crowded during the warmer months but still pleasantly invigorated with local energy even well into winter. So where are the best places to experience this late-night energy? For a city of relatively moderate proportions, there are actually more options at your disposal than you might think. Here’s a quick synopsis.
For those ill-disposed to leaving the immediacy of Old Town, the Riva promenade is a good place to start things off. Site of many of the summer’s outdoor music performances, this waterfront strip is lined with enough cafes and bars to keep things interesting even on the off nights. Then it’s off to Diocletian’s Palace, where there are some great watering holes tucked away down several cozy pedestrian alleys. Ghetto Bar is undoubtedly one of the most unique in the city, with a cool courtyard and jazz-themed interior that sits conveniently next to two other worthwhile haunts (Liquid and the down-to-earth Tri Volta). These are pretty much your best options should you want to keep the night casual and low key. If not, however, just hop a cab for the quick jaunt northwest towards Poljud Stadium. Here you’ll find a couple staples of the city, including Hemingway and the always posh Vanilla Club.
Or you could opt, along with pretty much the rest of the city during the summer, to make the exodus southeast to Bacvice Beach late night. The club-complex here houses a couple cliché but enjoyable establishments including the ever-popular Tropic Club, where the party usually carries on until around 3am. Keep your eyes open for the Pub Crawl Split as well, a nightly tradition which begins at 9pm at the Peristil inside Diocletian’s Palace and ends whenever you wake up the next morning wishing you hadn’t participated in Pub Crawl Split. Bottoms up, friends, and enjoy a night out in the largest city Dalmatia has to offer.