Barhopping in a Beautiful Seaside City
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When the sun goes down in Dubrovnik, hip young residents mix and mingle with tourists in cozy bars and trendy clubs. Most of the nightlife is confined within the city walls in Old Town, though there are plenty of seaside spots overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea. Some of these hot spots are open only during the high season from March through November. Join us for a cocktail, a glass of pivo (that's beer around here) or a smooth grappa at the best bars and clubs in Dubrovnik.
The most popular place for live music is Trubadur, located at Buniceva Poljana 2 in the city's hopping Old Town. Locals and tourists mingle and vie for outdoor seats in this romantic bar with lively jazz and stellar people-watching.
The bars at the city's fancier hotels often have live music in the evenings. Sunset Bar at the swanky Hotel Dubrovnik is a prime spot for happy hour and live music while watching the sunset. Or enjoy live piano tunes at the Abakus Piano Bar at the Hotel Excelsior while watching the sun go down over the Adriatic Sea.
Cafe Buza is a hole in the wall in the truest sense thanks to its location, hugging the rugged rocks off of the city���s southern wall. Word of this magical spot overlooking the sea is passed around amongst travelers who follow the signs for "Cold Drinks." Enjoy a cold one and watch the adrenaline junkies jump off the cliffs into the water below.
Nonenina Cocktail Bar is a chill lounge with a cool atmosphere and over 180 cocktails. Secure prime seating at one of the outdoor tables on a main pedestrian thoroughfare. Start working your way through the lengthy list of cocktails or have a snifter of cognac with a Cuban cigar.
Not far from Old Town's Pile Gate, D'Vino Wine Bar (Palmoticeva 4a) has an extensive wine list, simple snacks and friendly atmosphere. You can try just a taste or spring for a bottle with prices that are easy on the wallet.
Grab a pint of Guinness and a slice of Ireland at the friendly Katie O' Connors Irish Pub in Old Town. Sports fanatics crowd into this stone cellar bar to watch football, rugby and cricket on the big screen.
During the high season, Latino Club Fuego is open daily; the rest of the year, the party is limited to Thursday-Sunday nights. This is the late-night spot in town with disco, pop and Latin music pumping from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m.
For more progressive music, check out Lazareti at Frana Supila 8. Top European DJs spin techno, electronica, punk and house music, and live acts play at this atmospheric stone building overlooking the port. The building was once used as quarantine housing for the city. By day, it's a cultural center, hopping with activity from the artists in residence participating in the city's Art Workshop Lazareti.
Named for the city's fortress, Revelin, at SV Dominika bb, is a cocktail lounge and restaurant in the early hours of the evening. On weekends, the party rages on past dessert as the city's young and beautiful dance on the tables at the 2-floor nightclub. Also in Old Town, Labirint Club at Sv Dominika 2 is known for its theme nights and boisterous bar scene.
Brimming with swanky Mediterranean flair, East West club is the epitome of beach sophistication. During the day, sunbathers perfect their tans on the private sandy shores of Banje Beach. A DJ spins tunes to shift the mood for the nighttime party scene. When the sun goes down, the lounge lizards head inside for more drinks, dancing and lounging on the plush couches and fancy banquettes surrounding the dance floor.