Where to go within the city walls

Dubrovnik’s old town is a maze of narrow cobbled streets surrounded by its city walls. The historic heart of the city might not seem the most obvious place for a night out. You’ll find a wide choice of different ways to spend your evenings though, whether you’re looking for a cosy pub or smart cocktail bar.

Right in the city walls is legendary cliffside bar Buža. It has some of the best views in town with tables overlooking the water, but you need to get there early to bag a good spot for sunset. It’s not cheap and drinks come in plastic cups but the panoramic views more than make up for it. You can even climb down from the bar for a dip in the sea. There’s no name outside so just look out for the ‘Cold drinks’ sign pointing to an archway in the south part of the city walls.

At Ul. don Frana Bulića’s Art Cafe they’ve taken quirky décor to a new level. The seats are made from baths, washing machine drums are used as tables, and lamps are made from old birdcages. It’s all very colourful it’s the ideal place if you consider yourself to be part of the young and fashionable crowd.

Svetog Dominika’s 360° brings a taste of Ibiza to Dubrovnik’s old town. It’s the place to go for classy cocktails with a view of the port. It’s built into the city walls and is mainly a restaurant, but also has a lounge and terrace with a good selection of wines and cocktails for you to try.

If things start to get a bit too hot at any point, you can cool off at Croatia’s first ice bar. Poljana Paska Milicevica’s Oniofrio bar is kept at a chilly -5°C, and drinks are served from glasses made from ice blocks. You’ll be given a jacket and gloves so you don’t need to pack your winter clothes.