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Split Nightlife

Nightlife in Split is at its best in summer, with a range of outdoor cultural events and coastal bars and clubs staying open until the small hours. Within the palace, bars tend to close at around 0100, whilst the Riva cafés and bars tend to close even earlier. The free Visit Split guide has events listings and is available from the tourist office. For information about cultural events, pick up a monthly leaflet from the tourist office on the Peristil.

Bars in Split

Inbox

Inbox is an open-air bar set above Split's harbour that has wooden deck flooring and a dipping pool for steamy summer nights. Sipping a cocktail at Inbox's circular bar, while you watch the ferries cruising by is an iconic summer experience. When the sun goes down, drinkers hit the decks and dance to the strains of old school pop.

Address: , Zoranićeva 61a, Split, 21210
Telephone: +385 21 463 901.
Website: http://inbox.fullbusiness.com

Split Circus

Split's nightlife scene is focused around the Dosud drinking strip, and this popular bar is one of the best in the area. It's famous for its incredible rakija (fruit brandy) menu, which includes everything from plum and pear to honey and herb varieties. A second branch near Bačvice beach is also worth a look in.

Address: , Dosud 6, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 97 782 4327.

Vidilica Café

Perfect for a sundowner, it's worth the hike up above the sweaty Mediterranean swagger of Split's city centre to enjoy the cool breezes of Marjan Hill at Vidilica Café. Sit on the terrace with a cold beer or Croatian coffee and watch the ferries buzz in and out of the port as the crowds file along the Riva.

Address: , Nazorov prilaz 1, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 394 925.

Clubs in Split

Hemingway

With a long array of cool cocktails, plus its own swimming pool, this is one of the most popular clubs in Split. A young and appreciative local crowd lap up the house and techno that is served up by local DJs, some bigger names from Zagreb and even further afield.

Address: , Ulica Mediteranskih igara 5, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 384 339.
Website: http://www.hemingway.hr

Quasimodo

Hidden away on the second floor of a dull looking office block, this understated club puts on one of the best indie nights in the city. In between hosting top DJs from around Eastern Europe, Quasimodo runs alternative events such as spoken-word evenings and pub quizzes.

Address: , Gunduliceva 26a/II, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 91 934 273.

Vanilla

It's worth the 20-minute walk from the town centre to reach this 2,000 capacity club, which is set back behind the Poljud Stadium. You'll need to be smart to get past the doormen, but once in this is a laidback venue with a decent cocktail menu and a large outdoor terrace.

Address: , Poljudsko šetalište bb, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 98 292 522.
Website: http://www.vanilla.hr

Live music in Split

Klub Kocka

Fans of alternative rock and indie can make their way out of Split's city centre to this offbeat venue. Local students, indie kids and goths do their thing to an ever-changing line-up of live bands and DJs. Hard spirits and cheap beer keep the dancefloor busy.

Address: , Ulica Slobode 28, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 21 540 537.
Website: http://www.kum-split.hr

O'Hara

Rock and pop bands from around Croatia and elsewhere in the Balkans descend on this fun venue in Split, down by the water just east of Bačvice. Even when there is no band on this is still a great place to party with live DJs and is an especially good option for live music in the summer.

Address: , Uvala Zenta 3, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 95 504 9909.
Website: http://www.ohara.hr

Spaladium Arena

This large event, sport and concert space can hold 12,000 people. On the musical roster are rock and pop bands from all over Croatia, as well as big name international acts. Classical performances also feature regularly.

Address: , Zrinsko-Frankopanska 211, Split, 21000
Telephone: +385 021 560 201.
Website: http://spaladiumarena.hr/naslovnica

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Hotel Adriana

Hotel Adriana is ideal for those looking to really be in the heart of the action. With a perfect location on the Riva waterfront, guests can wake to the smell of the sea. Extras include the decent on-site restaurant and the café-bar out on the Riva, one of the most popular on this pedestrianised boulevard.

Hotel Slavija

The owners claim that the Slavija is the oldest hotel in Split and it may well be. A recent makeover has really improved things and the location is second to none right in the heart of the palace surrounded by bars and restaurants. There are 25 rooms with singles, doubles and triples available.

Villa Varoš

One of the few accommodation options in the warren of old streets that make up the historic Varoš district on the edge of Split's city centre, Villa Varoš is also one of the cheapest hotels in the city. It boasts singles, doubles and a couple of apartments that come with their own kitchens.

Hotel B&B Kastel

Hotel B&B Kastel is a real rarity - a great value option within the palace walls. Guests at this super convenient hotel can choose from singles doubles and triples as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. Some rooms even have good views out over the Riva towards Split's busy port and the offshore islands.

Hotel Peristil

Within the palace walls, behind the cathedral, this characterful boutique hotel has 12 quite basic but comfortable rooms. Pick room 204 or 304 if you want to caress exposed stones of the 1,700-year-old Roman palace at no extra cost. Another one of the hotel's finest features is Tifani Restaurant on the ground floor.

Le Méridien Lav

This 365-room ultra-luxurious resort boasts top-notch bars, restaurants and leisure facilities that more than offset the 15-minute taxi ride south of Split. It also boasts 17 sea view suites and a beautiful on-site marina which looks great, even if you don't own a boat.