A must-visit city in Croatia, Zagreb has a solid reputation as one of the most upbeat nightlife hubs in the country, if not the entire Balkans. The city's industrial past is also present in its factories turned nightclubs.
But despite this, Zagreb has a modern outlook with an abundance of sleek and modern venues to explore. Rustic family pubs round off your selection wonderfully, so while the city is a haven for clubbers, Zagreb is so much more than pounding beats and hot neon.
Adjoined to a hostel in the city centre, Swanky Monkey Garden has become a household name in Zagreb, making it the ideal warm-up location for a night of clubbing. Spread over a series of levels both indoor and out, the beautiful and stylish garden terrace is the place to enjoy a refreshing drink in the early evening sun on your Croatia holiday.
Inside you'll find industrial style decor in the form of scaffolding poles, stone brick walls and brightly coloured seating. While outside fairy lights and soft awnings accompany guests as they enjoy live DJ sets and music on the charming sun terrace.
Located along Bogoviceva, one of the city's most popular streets, La Bodega is one of Zagreb's most chic and trendy wine bars. Serving traditional Croatian bar snacks including prsut dry-cured ham, cheese and olives, the extensive wine list caters to even the most discerning wine connoisseur.
Large cuts of the prsut and strings of garlic hang from the wood-panelled bar, with walls adorned with wine bottles and small tables dotted across the stone clad interior. Watch the world go by on the outdoor terrace, or perch at the bar and listen to the regular live music offerings.
A former button factory, this warehouse-style rock and roll venue has more than a wide range of draught beers and Croatian brandies on offer. Having preserved the concrete floors, brick walls and metal beams of the original factory, graffiti and large black and white photos adorn the minimalist interior. This exciting venue offers a variety of daily live music in the concert hall with occasional film and theatre screenings. Complete with comfy, spaced-out tables, this is a great place to unwind.
Advance tickets are a must at this impressive club overlooking Jarun Lake. Frequented by A-listers, world-famous DJs regularly take to the stage spinning a collection of commercial house and R&B, while professional dancers steal the show. Sip champagne in the elegant, chic white bar or step outside with a lavish cocktail on the stylish roof terrace overlooking the water. This venue gets busy for good reason, and while it isn't the cheapest club you could choose, it'll give you a pretty good taste of the high life during your holiday in Zagreb.
Basement is a wine bar that's become a fixture among nightlife fans seeking some serenity. While the music keeps everyone upbeat in this stylish underground affair, this venue is better described as a cellar bar where wine by the glass is the norm. Sit back on one of the big comfy sofas and talk about your day in good company, all graced by mood lighting and platters of snacks to nibble on between tipples.