Nightlife in Zadar - Bars, Clubs and Festivals
During summer nightlife in Zadar takes place outside, on the terraces of the bars and clubs in the Old town. The music scene is mostly traditional croatian or comercial and mainstream music, but sometimes you can also end up on an underground techno party on a secrect location. For those looking for crazy parties until in the early morning hours, we recommend a visit to the beach Zrće in Novalja on Pag Island.
Icehouse lounge & bar is a modern designed bar where architects design able to correlate historical value to modern trends and requirements. Former icehouse space that housed the bar was built in the early 19th century as a building for storing ice passed from Velebit, and served for the surrounding urban café for the first ice cream and drinks. The only such icehouse preserved until today in Croatia. An integral part of the bar has a large terrace which is part of the beautiful gardens of Queen Jelena Madijevke, the first character of a public park in Croatia. The unique symbiosis that creates an environment in which you can certainly find a place for themselves, whether it’s a beautiful morning, nice day or evening party. In this unique environment, we have prepared an exceptional evening concerts, performances, parties, DJ performances and the like.
Set in the ancient Croatian city, just 2 minutes from the Sea organ, The Garden Lounge is a unique addition to its culture. Settled on the Dalmatian coastline, the open terrace bar faces relaxing views of Zadar’s city walls and harbour while sunrays dance across the waves of the surrounding Adriatic Sea. Enjoy the magical atmosphere – whether it’s reclining on a 30m seating wave littered with day beds overlooking the sea or nesting on comfortable sofas beneath the sunshine, under the shade or a constellation of stars. Music has access to all areas with the individually zoned sound system, which ensures quality sound and the ability to control the volume in each separate zone. Night time introduces a handpicked selection of the perfect DJs to help you relax with a sunset cocktail. This is the place that lives throughout the whole day, from the morning until the evening. The restaurant offers a selection of local wines and crafted beers as well as fresh juices and cocktails. The menu introduces the Art of Raw, the only vegan and raw food restaurant in the whole region.
Beautiful terrace in the shade of a small park, perfect for a hot summer night in the midst of Zadar Varos. It is especially popular among local audiences and known for its numerous events and performances of Dalmatian choir. Coffee bar Kult is located on the most attractive location in Zadar Varos, in a picturesque street Stomorica. During the day an excellent location for a coffee on a pleasant terrace that night turns into one of the best places for fun and entertainment. An iconic place to party for whose program can satisfy all tastes.
Full Moon Festival
Traditional festival of culture, food and customs of Zadar region. On the night of the full moon in midsummer night, the Riva of Zadar is illuminated by torches and candles. Ships are converted to floating booths which offer everything, from the best tuna and sardines from famous fishermen from Kali, up to famous Novigrad mussels. Old temporary taverns serve diverse traditional dishes from Nin falcon to figs, cheese, brandy and other delicacies. If you are not able to visit the surrounding area of Zadar and Zadar islands and meet local folklore and customs, be sure to visit the Night of the Full Moon.
The Zrće Beach is also known as Croatian Ibiza, located southeast of Novalja and tells a special story. It's the most beautiful beach in Novalja. Its coastal area has a shingle surface and during the peak season several thousand people can fit on it. The beach by the sea is pebbly and the sea is very deep due to the steep descent off the coast. Numerous sports, recreation and entertainment facilities and high quality restaurants can be found on the beach, while a few attractive night clubs offer entertainment throughout the night. In one of the events thrown by the Croatian Tourist Board and the Blue Flower Media, the Zrće Beach won first place as the tidiest and most beautiful beach on the Adriatic. With its outstanding natural characteristics, equipment and amenities, the Zrće Beach meets the strict criteria of the European Foundation for Education and Care for the Environment and as of the summer 2003, it has had the blue flag status. The beach is located about 2 km from Novalja, has a large parking area and during the tourist season it is linked by public transport. From june to september festivals are going on non-stop, (Hideout, Sonus, Barrakud, Fresh Island..). Music is different, from commercial, edm to underground techno and hip hop. Almost every famous DJ is playing there during summer. The best clubs there are Papaya, Aquarius, Kalypso, Noa
The Garden Resort in Tisno is a true slice of paradise nestled on the Dalmatian coastline. Blessed with crystal clear azure Adriatic waters, sizzling sunshine and star-lit night skies, the idyllic and intimate setting welcomes a global crowd of music lovers and adventure seekers to a series of festivals each summer. The site has the incredible water-side beach bar, where you are so close to the sea you are almost dancing in it, and cosy curl of beach which looks out over the bay. On the sea, the fabulous old wooden boats have hosted hundreds of unforgettable parties afloat with thousands of music lovers enjoying the experience of a lifetime. The site’s main stage is a little way behind, perfect for headline acts, and nearby nestled under the canopy of trees is the Olive Grove stage. It’s a beautiful location, everything built around nature, growing like the environment around it, rich with intimacy and a sense of wonder. And a short drive away is the incredible Barbarella’s Disco, a fully open air space, powered by Funktion One, redolent of Ibiza’s formative early days. As dawn breaks and the sun slowly comes up, there is no place else like it.