LGBTQIA+ friendly caffe bars and nightclubs in Croatia
If you want to feel incredibly welcome, free, and safe, there is no better place to visit than an LGBTQIA-friendly bar – no matter who you are. In Croatia, Zagreb is the most open and welcoming of all. Next is Rijeka, which is generally recognized as the most liberal and tolerant Croatian city.
This article covers Croatia’s most significant LGBTQIA-friendly bars and clubs, including their locations, contact information, and what makes them unique. Some are upfront about their LGBTQIA-friendliness, and others are known for their long-standing reputation.
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Croatian LGBTQIA+ friendly caffe bars and nightclubs
Milk is a new gay bar in Dubrovnik that opened in May 2022. It was named after the movie Milk, which focused on Harvey Milk, an activist and politician fighting for gay rights. The interior is decorated with mirrors, velvet, colorful flowers, and animal patterns, making it different than usual bars.
Read our interview with the owner of Milk here.
Lounge bar Monokini near the coast is labeled as an LGBTQIA-friendly bar. The bar offers croissants, fresh salads, freshly squeezed fruit juices, and hot cocktails. They have a neat interior and spacious terrace with occasional DJ sets.
Address: Ulica Maršala Tita 96, 51 410 Opatija – view map
LGBTQ-friendly bar VooDoo is situated near the central railway station in Osijek. It is an alternative bar with a retro-designed interior and a cozy terrace ideal for friendly gatherings. Their staff is friendly, the atmosphere pleasant, and the prices affordable.
Celtic Caffe Bard is a pub-like bar situated in the core of Rijeka. If you pass by Bard, you will notice the sounds of Celtic and jazz – you can’t miss it. They offer a top choice of drinks emphasizing Croatian craft beers.
Address: Trg Grivica 6b, 51 000 Rijeka – view map
Kosi Toranj is an LGBTQ-friendly coffee and lounge bar located near the riva. Try some of their provocative cocktails, ice teas, gins, flavorful pancakes, or iced coffee. It is a suitable place to warm up before a crazy night out or take a morning coffee.
If you like to sing, visit River Pub at one of their student’s karaoke evenings and pretend to be Freddie Mercury. Their interior resembles a proper pub so that beer lovers will adore it. The bar also organizes quizzes and free rock listening rooms led by their DJs.
Address: Ulica Frana Supila 12, 51 000 Rijeka – view map
Tunel (Tunnel) is a lovely ruin bar below the railway whose interior looks like a real tunnel. It is known for outstanding music evenings. They have a cozy little terrace with DIY pallet benches in the shade of trees and ivy where you can chill during summertime.
Labirint (Labyrinth) is a gay club in Rovinj whose motto is Be what u are, you’re at home. This explains a lot.
The club is open only during the night hours in the summer season. Their DJs play commercial, house, and progressive music on the dance floor. You must become a member by paying a daily membership to join the club.
Kocka (Dice) is an LGBTQIA-friendly underground club that organizes alternative concerts, parties, exhibitions, workshops, conferences, and other artistic programs. The club is in the basement with dim lights, ideal for intimate chats.
They host drag shows a few times a year, which are tons of fun. If you are looking for something eccentric and arousing, visit Kocka.
AKC Medika is a paradise for the alternatives, artists, weirdos, queers, distinct, and everyone else who feels like they stray from the norm. It is a symbol of independent culture, subversive art, and activism.
Medika offers concerts, parties, art festivals, film and theater production, gallery programs, and free educational content.
Bacchus is a jazz bar with the most adorable green terrace in the shade of figs, horse chestnut, ivy, and other plants making a small oasis in the city’s center. It is a second home to artists and intellectuals.
Prices are affordable, and the coffee is good. No one will remain indifferent to intimate surroundings and the wondrous jazz gigs in their garden.
Address: Trg kralja Tomislava 16, 10 000 Zagreb – view map
Booksa is a book club ideal for drinking coffee or tea in their reading room while browsing books or magazines from their library. You can always discover something worthy in this cozy club.
Literature and poetry lovers will enjoy Booksa’s literary programs, including visits of Croatian and foreign authors and concerts.
Hotpot is an official gay bar and club in the city center. Go there if you want to dance to Latino, trash, pop, and house music until the early morning. Hotpot was also a sponsor and official club of the Queer Zagreb festival.
Juta/Kota Bar is a gay-friendly bar with live music, tasty cocktails, and good coffee which you can enjoy in a comfortable living room or colorful terrace. They are also pet-friendly and often collect donations for animal shelters.
KIC stands for Kulturno informativni center (Cultural Informational Center). This public cultural institution organizes forums, visual arts projects, and screenings. If you have a critical opinion towards current social events, visit KIC and have an open-minded discussion.
Situated in a small basement in the city center, Kolaž is a cult underground cafe that gathers lovers of the alternative scene. Kolaž is known as one of the first Zagreb’s gay-friendly bars. It is an ideal place to spend the evening hours before the club or after-party.
Močvara (Swamp) is a legendary alternative club situated on the embankment of the Sava river where everyone feels welcome. Its team of eternal enthusiasts works on fantastic cultural programs, including concerts, exhibitions, music listening rooms, theater performances, film and literary programs, and workshops.
Pločnik is a bar at Zapadni kolodvor with a large offer of great beers and quality music. They have a bar with a terrace on the ground floor and hold night programs with DJs in the basement.
On the first floor is a record store of PDV, an independent record label and merchandise production house from Pula/Zagreb. Pločnik welcomes all artists, weirdos, and casual personalities and encourages them to chill, sing, and dance.
In addition, ploča means a vinyl record in Croatian.
Two LGBTQIA-friendly bars called Program in Zagreb are owned by the same owner. They are relatively new, each in a different part of the city. The baroque style inspires the designs of both bars, and they are so-called urban oases.
View our other LGBTQIA+ articles
- All the pride parades in Croatia
- How to obtain a life partnership for same-sex couples in Croatia
- Interview with Vicko Lazo of Milk, the first gay bar in Dubrovnik
- LGBTQIA+ web sites & Facebook communities
- Non-Profit LGBTQIA+ organizations in Croatia
- Rights of the LGBTQIA+ community in Croatia
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