The nightlife in Zadar is relaxed and unpretentious, and on warm evenings people spill out into the streets to enjoy the sea breezes with their glass of local Croatian wine. The winding streets of the Old Town are lined with chill bars and pubs boasting incredible views of the Adriatic Sea.

    You'll find plenty of charming and laidback bars on the tangle of streets around Ul. Špire Brusine and Kovačka ul. For something livelier, head over to one of the nightclubs on the eastern side of the Old Town. Spare some time to check out the city’s beautiful outdoor light show called Greeting to the Sun. Don't forget to try Maraschino, a speciality liqueur of the Dalmatian coast made with cherries. You can enjoy a fun evening by visiting one (or all) of our pick of the best nightlife in Zadar.

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    Arsenal Zadar

    A unique location with an eclectic events schedule

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    Arsenal Zadar is a lively bar occupying an 18th-century naval building. The soaring ceilings make it a great event space for live music, concerts and theatrical performances. By day, it serves as a café, art gallery and tourist information centre, but visit at night to see a vastly different side to the venue.

    Arsenal Zadar’s upper floor hosts a restaurant serving modern Croatian cuisine, while a cocktail bar and spacious stage occupy the space downstairs. You can expect to hear world music concerts, traditional Dalmatian a cappella groups, local bands, and well-known DJs, as well as events like fashion shows and film screenings.

    Location: Trg tri bunara 1, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 4 am

    Phone: +385 (0)23 253 821

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    Caffe Bar Brazil

    This seaside bar is the perfect spot to watch the sunset

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    Caffe Bar Brazil is a laidback little café just down the waterfront from the Sea Organ art installation. It serves coffee and ice cream during the day, followed with beer and wine at night. Tables spill out onto the landscaped gardens next to the café, offering incredible views of the sea and Zadar's gorgeous sunsets. From your seat on the terrace, you can even hear the Sea Organ when the tide comes in.

    The café’s interior is almost as lovely, with vaulted stone ceilings and a sunken bar. Enjoy a wide range of cocktails, tall glasses of beer such as Leffe and Hoegaarden, and local wines sourced from nearby vineyards.

    Location: Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 1 am

    Phone: +385 (0)91 208 5561

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    Zlatni Kutić

    Hang out with the locals at this friendly, low-key bar

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    Zlatni Kutić is a favourite with students of Zadar University, who come for the lively atmosphere and long list of cocktails. The bar is tucked away in the winding streets of the Old Town. There's plenty of outdoor seating where you can people-watch or admire Zadar's period architecture.

    Zlatni Kutić serves a range of inventive cocktails, beers, wines and whiskey. If you’re feeling hungry, there’s a fun self-serve popcorn machine and an extensive list of burgers on the menu. You can find a mix of young locals and fellow travellers at Zlatni Kutić, and it's easy to strike up a friendly conversation.

    Location: Kovačka ul., 23000, Zadar, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 1 am

    Phone: +385 (0)98 908 8534

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    Podroom

    DJs, dancing and live music in Zadar

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    Podroom, one of Zadar's biggest clubs, is where the young and hip hang out on weekends. International DJs that often appear at this nightclub spin music that ranges from pop and dance to hip-hop and R&B. Various live acts also take place on weekends, along with the latest Croatian music by resident DJs.

    Podroom has private booths and a VIP room decorated with motifs of famous films. Drinks include imported beers and a good selection of cocktails. As a late-night venue, it takes a while for things to kick off, so save your visit until the early hours of the morning to enjoy the best atmosphere.

    Location: Ul. Marka Marulića 2A, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

    Open: Friday–Saturday from midnight to 6 am (closed from Sundays to Thursdays)

    Phone: +385 (0)99 749 8451

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    Rio Bar

    One of the oldest bars in Zadar

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    Stepping into Rio Bar in Zadar feels like a trip straight back to the 1970s. The bar prides itself on playing a great selection of funky music, with retro disco sounds, blues and rock booming across the terrace every night.

    The bar does a wide array of creative cocktails – the signature 'Rio Colour' is a unique take on the classic mojito. Its convenient location near the waterfront provides a great spot for hanging out with the young and local crowd.

    Location: Putevac ul 3, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 1 am

    Phone: +385 (0)95 199 7360

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    Victoria Hughes | Contributing Writer

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