10 hidden garden bars in Zagreb

Bacchus Jazz Bar in Zagreb
Bacchus Jazz Bar in Zagreb, Croatia

UPDATED: 14.5.2024.

Even though Zagreb is a big city, there is no shortage of parks and nature peppered throughout its streets. There are even gardens in their watering holes. Hidden around the city lie some unique garden bars shaded by canopies, lined with vines, and surrounded by foliage.

During the hot summer nights, sipping a cold drink in a relaxing garden is the best way to cool yourself down. Let us introduce you to the nicest hidden garden bars in Zagreb, none of which are short on great drinks or entertaining atmosphere.

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1. A Most Unusual Garden

A Most Unusual Garden is a green garden with trees, grapevines, white furniture, and stumps that serve as tables. There are also murals and a crazy octopus installation. The bar is situated beside the river of Sava near Studentski dom Stjepan Radić (Stjepan Radić Student Dormitory).

It even features a tree house, but you have to be lucky to come across a free table. This bar has a wide variety of gin. They also serve cocktails, but if you’re a beer lover, you’re better off heading to Beertija instead. It’s all about the gin here!

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Address: Horvaćanska 3

2. Bacchus Jazz Bar

Bacchus is a cult jazz bar that has been around for more than 30 years. It is located in the center of Zagreb, only a few meters from Glavni kolodvor (Central Railway station) accessed through a nondescript hallway. When you pass through, you will discover a real oasis for your body and mind.The overgrown plants of this Mediterranean garden will envelop you on entry. An old fig tree shades nearly half of the garden. The terrace has sparse vintage tables, with several little nooks spread out over different levels to give you and your friends a little privacy if you so choose.

Bacchus is well-known for its jazz gigs, which take place in the garden or inside of the bar. Visitors often bring their own instruments to play and sing in the garden giving this spot an outstanding atmosphere. Bacchus has good beer and coffee for reasonable prices. It is known as a second home for artists, intellectuals, and anyone who enjoys chill living.

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Address: Trg kralja Tomislava 16

3. K Pivovari

K pivovari, or as locals call it, Pivana (beer place), is an ideal bar to visit if you’re a beer lover. Joint to the Zagrebačka pivovara (Zagreb brewery) where Ožujsko beer is produced, it is a place where you can try many different beers they make at the location, including craft beers like Grif and Vukovarsko.

[Read: How to buy beer in Croatia]

The inside of this hidden garden bar in Zagreb is separated into two parts. One section is a pub-like bar where you can enjoy a pint. The other is a restaurant where you can get food together with beer, and this is a non-smoking section. Outside is a beautiful garden that is open as soon as the temperature is not freezing cold. In this hidden garden, you can sit and have food and drinks, relaxing in the shadow of trees.

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Address: Ilica 222

4. Krivi Put

Krivi Put is across from the student’s center, hidden under a high fence made of plants. It is the place to be for all alternatives, students, and people who are open to meeting others. During the day, go there to chit-chat and relax. As the night approaches, more and more people trickle in for a night of drinking. It is popular for its cheap drinks and good coffee.

Krivi Put is usually the first stop before going out to the club or concert. Inside the bar, alternative music is on rotation. The garden is filled with lots of colorful benches. During June, you can smell the relaxing scent of Linden trees that grow beside the street outside of the garden.

All the waiters are friendly. For young alternatives living in Zagreb, Krivi Put is the place where you will always meet a friend or run into someone you haven’t seen in years.

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Address: Savska 14

5. Pivnica Medvedgrad Ilica

Tucked away inside a business building, there is a fantastic beer garden that belongs to the chain of pubs operated by brewery Medvedgrad. Here you will have the opportunity to try their craft beers like Grička vještica (Grič witch) or Zlatni medvjed (golden bear), and food that pairs perfectly with it. Our recommendation is to try pogačice sa čvarcima (scones with greaves) as a snack with your beer.

During winter, the garden is closed with panels so that it is warm inside, but it is open and surrounded by greenery in the summer months. On weekends, you can listen to live music in the evening.

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Address: Ilica 49

6. Pri Nami

At the foot of Zakmardijeve stube (Zakmardi’s Stairs), the staircase linking Zagreb’s city center with the Upper Town, lies Pri Nami, one of the city’s hidden gems. Tucked in the garden of the Nama department store, this coffeehouse and cocktail bar boasts two floors of outdoor terrace space and a cozy interior.

Pri Nami is a cultural hub that attracts artists, musicians, and actors. Inside the bar, you can enjoy intimate live jazz performances and a glass of wine and admire artwork by Croatian artist Vibor Vasarević. This hidden gem attracts both locals and international visitors.

[Read: Excellent Croatian wines to try]

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Address: Zakmardijeve stube 4

7. Swanky Monkey Garden

This bar is a colorful and cheerful place where many international travelers chill in the evenings since it belongs to the Swanky Monkey hostel. You do not have to stay in a hostel to enjoy this relaxing bar – everyone is welcome here.

Swanky Monkey Garden features an industrial design that blends an old dry cleaning factory’s charm with a trendy, vibrant atmosphere. With two bars and three terraces, it offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Guests can enjoy day and night parties, DJs, live bands, or simply relax on the terrace.

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Address: Ilica 50

8. The Beertija

The Beertija is a funky bar with a super large outdoor terrace located in Zagreb’s city center, just steps from Park Zrinjevac. If you are in need of a break, head to Beertija for an excellent beer or rakija. Find a swing and chill out to some good tunes.

[Read: Rakija, Croatian legendary liqueur]

The Beertija’s garden is decorated with statues of world-famous musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jimmy Hendrix, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Ramones, John Lennon, Dino Dvornik, etc. The bar has more than 230 beers on the list from all over the world, giving it the largest beer selection in Croatia. It is one of everyone’s favorite places to go out on the weekend.

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Address: Pavla Hatza 16

9. The Garden Brewery

The Garden Brewery, an award-winning microbrewery in Zagreb, was founded in 2016. Since then it has been one of the most popular places for beer lovers to visit and have different beers, listen to live music, and enjoy time with their friends.

They produce their own beers but also offer special craft beers from other breweries. It is an excellent place for beer tasting in Zagreb. The garden bar is secluded and far from the city noise, very enjoyable to be at in the afternoon after work.

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Address: Slavonska Avenija 26/1

10. Vintage Industrial Bar (VIB)

Vintage Industrial Bar (VIB) is a spacious garden with colorful lamps and benches to cheer up hot summer nights. The garden has many unique details such as the bottle chandelier, an old fire truck, and a London telephone booth. Next to the entrance is a small stage featuring live gigs all summer long.

Summer programs start in the afternoon and include workshops, theater shows, lectures, travelogues, quizzes, board games, poetry evenings, and concerts. VIB’s visitors enjoy a rich selection of beers and cocktails. The club gathers a mixed patronage, from alternatives and rockers to professionals and sports fans. It is a great place to go all year because of its awesome concerts and themed evenings.

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Address: Savska 160

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Frequently asked questions

Where to go out in Zagreb?

Zagreb has many fun bars and clubs where you can go out in the evening. If you like jazz music, go to Bacchus or Pri nami. For a good rock concert, it is best to visit K pivovari or Vintage Industrial Bar. To hear some Balkan music, visit H2O or Mint.

Can you drink outside in Croatia?

It is officially forbidden to drink in public in Croatia. However, as long as you’re not bothering people or being unpleasant, this regulation is typically not strictly enforced.

What to avoid in Zagreb?

Even though Zagreb is one of the safest cities in Europe, it’s a good idea to stay in places with sufficient lighting and avoid venturing into dark streets alone. Always check the pricing twice before entering a taxi (or just use Uber), and pay attention to your surroundings. Learn more about safety in Croatia here.

What is the most beautiful street in Zagreb?

Tkalčićeva Street is considered the most beautiful and scenic street in the city of Zagreb. It is a well-known street, lined with hip caffe bars and restaurants.

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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