Practical information : Going out Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a relatively lively city, although it is not the most lively Croatian city, far from it! A number of bars and cafes are there to quench the festive thirst of tourists of all ages (in high and medium season only, from April to October). Out of season, you'll have to hang on to a national holiday, the end of year celebrations or student parties to enjoy an old city alive... For the rest, we'll pass! That said, let's not deny ourselves the pleasure, there are good places to go out in Dubrovnik.
Bars generally close at 2am, cafés at 11pm-midnight (but a café often becomes a bar in the evening), time when the crowd takes refuge in a club (if it is not already there!).
Budget & Tips
Nightlife is mostly concentrated between the walls of the old town and spills over to Pile-Boninovo Gate and Ploče, to a lesser extent. Lapad is far from the old town, so the area has its own bars (especially on the promenade leading to the sea) and a few discos (in the big hotels).
Going out is quite expensive in Dubrovnik, count at least 40 € per head for a night out, club tickets are not free
To be booked
Dubrovnik has alot to offer in the summer. Get your diaries ready!
If you are here in July and August, don't miss the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country. Operas, plays, concerts and folklore shows are performed in such evocative places as Fort Lovrjenac, Fort Minčeta, Lazareti, Fort Revelin, the Rector's Palace and the square in front of St. Blaise Church.
In addition, there are classical music concerts in the Church of St. Saviour (Crkva Sv. Spasa) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as in the Dominican Church, and live concerts (jazz, rock...) in some bars (see the section "Clubs and discos").
Lovers of the cinema, rejoice! Dubrovnik screens films under the starry sky (refer to the program of Kino Jadran in Boninovo/Kino Sloboda, www.kinematografi.org).
The Linđo (pronounced Lindjo)ensemble, founded in 1964, performs regularly, including every Tuesday and Friday night at the Lazareti complex at 9:30 pm and all over town during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival: this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with Dubrovnik's folk dances, which accompany the lijerica, a Dalmatian violin.
Buses do not circulate beyond 1h-2h in the morning at the most (in season only, otherwise it is 23h).
In Croatia, it is forbidden to consume alcohol for people under 18 years old. Therefore, you may be asked to show identification when buying alcohol, especially in convenience stores.
In Dubrovnik, as in the rest of Croatia, smoking is still common in bars and clubs where food is not served. So expect smoky spaces inside.