Best Nightlife in Split [March 2020]

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The vibrant city of Split, Croatia is the second largest in the country and a definite must-visit on your Croatian adventure. There’s no denying that Split is absolutely beautiful during the daytime, but wait until you see it during the night. Split comes alive after the sun goes down, and it has an alluring personality of its own that you’ll fall in love with!

With people at every turn and a contagious lively atmosphere, you may want to join in on the festivities during your stay.

We’ve listed some of our favorite bars, clubs and parties in Split, Croatia from the upbeat to the more relaxed and everything in between!

Upbeat Bars And Clubs In Split

If you’re looking for the best upbeat bars and clubs in Split, Croatia! With all the ambient lights, dancing and some of the best popular music around, here’s a list of some of our favorites.

#1 – Charlie’s Backpacker Bar

Charlie’s Backpacker Bar

Charlie’s Backpacker Bar (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com)

Charlie’s Backpacker Bar is one the best upbeat bars we’d recommend for the traveler trying to make new friends! Here, you can meet other tourists in a fun and easygoing environment where everyone is just out and about looking for a good time. Plus, there’s a wide variety of drinks available at a reasonable price!

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#2 – Vanilla Club

Vanilla Club

Vanilla Club (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com)

Do you want to party it up with some of the locals? If the answer is yes, then head over to Vanilla Club! There are multiple indoor and outdoor bars with a mixture of international and local tunes vibrating through the speakers! You are bound to have the time of your life!

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#3 – Central Club

Central Club

Central Club (Photo credit – derigo.me)

Popularly known as one of the best clubs in Split, Central Club is the place to be if you’re looking for a guaranteed upbeat night out on the town!

You haven’t been to a Split party if you haven’t witnessed the great music, entertainers and incredible light effects from this venue and club. International DJ’s also headline this space on occasion, so make sure to check out the gig guide while you’re here!

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Beach Parties And Clubs In Split

At some of our favorite beach clubs in Split, you’ll get to soak in the warm sun rays by day. In the evening, you’ll be dancing to the reflection of the moon on the Adriatic sea. This is our list of some of our favorite beach clubs around Split!

#4 – Tropic Club

Tropic Club

Tropic Club (Photo credit – klikcup.com)

Transition from a warm beach day straight to the club at this lovely establishment which offers the best of both worlds to its patrons! There’s no need to search for two different places where you can go from the beach to the club when you can get them all in one here.

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#5 – Caffe-Club Beach

Caffe-Club Beach

Caffe-Club Beach (Photo credit – croatiaweek.com)

This is the type of club where you’ll often find a lot more locals than you will tourists, especially in the off-season. For an authentic Croatian club experience, make your way to this spectacular club right near the inviting Bačvice beach!

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#6 – La Playa Beach Bar & Bar

La Playa Beach Bar & Bar

La Playa Beach Bar & Bar (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com)

With an impeccable location overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this day and night beach bar is another all in one experience that you need to enjoy at least once on your trip! With an elegant setup and a fusion of mostly Croatian tunes and beats, an outing here will be one you’ll remember for quite some time!

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Balanced Parties And Clubs In Split

Do you like a mixture of both an upbeat and relaxed atmosphere? Then our list of our favorite balanced parties, clubs and bars in Split, Croatia is just for you!.

#7 – Fabrique Pub And Bar

Fabrique Pub And Bar

Fabrique Pub And Bar (Photo credit – total-croatia-news.com )

This popular pub, near the Promenade is the perfect mixture of energetic and relaxed. During the daytime, you’ll get to experience more of the relaxed side. And in the evening, it comes to life with its spinning disco ball shining the light on the happening dance floor!

This pub is also quite popular with soccer fans! You will get to watch your favourite teams play it out on the big plasma screen centered in the room!

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#8 – Academia Club Ghetto

Academia Club Ghetto

Academia Club Ghetto (Photo credit – inyourpocket.com)

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind bar, the kind you  won’t find anywhere else, then the Academia Club Ghetto is calling your name!

This establishment is one of the unique places that you need to see for yourself while you’re in Split. With a mixture of funky dark art, music and decor that might make you feel like you’re part of a secret underground club of some sort!

#9 – Shotgun Shooters Bar

Shotgun Shooters Bar

Shotgun Shooters Bar (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com )

If you’re looking for an unusual and trippy bar with neon lights reflecting at every corner, Shotgun Shooters Bar is one of your best bets!

It has a wide selection of creatively named shooters that are poured to perfection. These tasty shooters  can be accompanied by yummy snacks to nibble on throughout the evening.

This bar is one of the wildcard nightlife spots that you might want to visit for an unusual night out!

Relaxed Parties And Clubs In Split

If you’re not into the upbeat party scene and would rather experience a chilled night out, here are our most favorite establishments to explore in Split!

#10 – Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar

Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar

Marvlvs Library Jazz Bar (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com )

The name definitely gives it away. If you want to go back to a different era in sound, where Jazzy vibes were plentiful, then this bar is the right one for you!

Make your way to this cosy yet ambient bar where the music is not too loud to have friendly conversations.

While you’re here, make sure to order and taste some Rakija, which is a popular local fruit brandy!

#11 – Matejuška Port

Matejuška Port

Matejuška Port (Photo credit – flickr.com)

They say the best things in life are free! Watch the sunset across the horizon at the Matejuška port for free. To add more meaning to this sunset ritual, you can opt to grab a drink at one of the nearby convenience shops with a wide selection of drinks to choose from!

Many locals and tourists gather here to enjoy a relaxing time with a view.

#12 – Luxor Cafe

Luxor Cafe

Luxor Cafe (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com )

The Luxor cafe is a must-do while you’re in Split, Croatia, especially if you’re in the mood for a lovely sing-along and dance! As you sit and sing along to the live music on show, make sure to take in the beauty of the ancient Diocletian’s Palace entrance that surrounds you!

#13 – Stroll Down The Promenade

Stroll Down The Promenade

Stroll Down The Promenade (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com )

If you’d rather not partake in any of the nightlife activities, but would still like to people-watch nonetheless, then head over to the promenade. Enjoy a lovely evening stroll where there are plenty of people and an electric energy that might just reel you in after all!

Festivals In Split

There are a number of festivals that happen in Split throughout the year, here are some of our favorites!

#14 – Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival (Photo credit – europebookings.com)

This world famous festival made its debut in this vibrant city and it continues to attract thousands from across the globe to its shores! If you’re a major EDM or festival-going fan, make sure to match your travel dates with this epic world-renowned annual music festival!

#15 – Split Summer Festival

Split Summer Festival

Split Summer Festival (Photo credit – total-croatia-news.com)

This annual festival is held in and around some of the most historic centres of the Old Town, showcases some of the best talents around in the arts! You can expect theater and dance shows accompanied by entertaining musical performances as well.

Party Island In Croatia

There are a number of party islands in Croatia to choose from, however, one of the closest party island to Split is Hvar! Hvar is considered one of the best party islands in Croatia and it is less than two hours away from Split on the ferry.

The Hvar clubbing scene has an interesting selection of party destinations to choose from! The parties are so good, you may want to consider staying over for the night.

Here’s a list of our favorite  party spots in Hvar!

#16 – Kiva Bar

Kiva Bar

Kiva Bar (Photo credit – visit-hvar.com)

Nestled in the middle of two alleyways,  cozy Kiva is often overflowing with party people onto the streets. If you want to kickstart your party before the actual party, this is one of the best places to do so. It’s also one of the coolest places to meet people from all walks of life!

#17 – Carpe Diem Beach Club

Carpe Diem Beach Club

Carpe Diem Beach Club (Photo credit – total-croatia-news.com)

Take a boat to the other side of the island where a night of adventure and fun awaits you! This beach club is one of the most popular clubs in Hvar for a good reason.

With fire performers, dancers and amazing light effects, this club is a Croatian nightlife experience and a half! Carpe Diem has a reputation of making its party revelers party it up until the sun rises!

#18 – Hula-Hula Beach Club

Hula-Hula Beach Club

Hula-Hula Beach Club (Photo credit – hulahulahvar.com )

If you’re looking for a spectacular day time to night time beach club, Hula-Hula Beach Bar will meet both those needs! There’s a seamless transition that happens right after sunset that opens up a whole new world as it transforms into an epic night club!

#19 – Ka’lvanda Music Bar

Ka’lvanda Music Bar

Ka’lvanda Music Bar (Photo credit – tripadvisor.com)

For the more relaxed, but ambient experience with cocktails and lounge music playing in the background, Ka’lvanda Music Bar offers the correct balance. It tastefully creates the type of atmosphere that’s not trying too hard!

#20 – Jazz Bar

Jazz Bar

Jazz Bar (Photo credit – klikcup.com )

This extremely lively establishment has an interesting selection of cocktails to choose from at a relatively reasonable price. Known for its exceptional service and staff with a great sense of humor, go enjoy the splendor of this groovy bar while in Hvar!

15 Safety Tips For The Nightlife In Split

Although crime rates in Split and surrounds are relatively low, it’s always good to be mindful of your surroundings at any given time! In the nighttime, you can easily be marked as a target.

Here are some of our general safety tips to use, so that you can fully enjoy the Split, Croatia nightlife!

15 Nightlife Safety Tips

  • Before you make your way out, always plan your route beforehand.
  • Do not get separated from your group.
  • If you’re not in a group, try to make use of the buddy system.
  • If you’re a solo traveler, you can try to meet people during the day that you can safely go out with at night.
  • Avoid leaving with someone you don’t know, even if they might seem harmless.
  • Always double-check the amount you’ve been charged on your bill so that you pay for exactly what you’ve ordered and not more.
  • Be wary of pickpockets in tightly packed spaces, rather keep your valuables at home.
  • As a rule of thumb, don’t display signs of wealth, as this may bring about unwanted attention.
  • Always be vigilant with your drink, as you can easily be spiked in the most unassuming places.
  • Don’t accept drinks from strangers unless you see the bartender actively mixing the drink for you.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Know your limit and set it, so you can get home without any incidents.
  • Always tell someone where you’re going.
  • Walk into well-lit areas whilst heading back to your accommodation and avoid dark alleys or roads.
  • Always have an emergency contact number with you.

It’s always good to be cautious and mindful of your surroundings whenever you’re in a different country. Although it might look safe, it’s always good to take all the necessary precautions.

Final Thoughts On Nightlife In Split

With more than enough options to explore on any given day, Split, Croatia has a vibrant nightlife that will keep you entertained throughout your whole stay.

Even if you aren’t into the party scene, you can still enjoy a relaxing time out without any hassles. There’s a party scene in Split to suit any personality and mood!

If you’re thinking about visiting Split, or if you’re already there, we’ve created some comprehensive lists of some of the best accommodation, day trips and things to do around the area.  Check them out to help make the most out of your time!

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About the Author Nicola Smart

Gin lover. Coffee addict. Nicola has traveled the world for 7 years and is a staff writer for Hotel Jules. Born in London, Nicola first got the taste of travel studying abroad in Barcelona. Since then she's been hooked - traveling the world non-stop. Passionate about green travel and vegan lifestyle, Nicola spends more of her free time staring at maps wondering where she will head to next!