The sparkly island of Hvar is one of Croatia’s top destinations for sun, sea, and nightlife. Backpackers, couples, families, and energetic teens flock to its shores every summer and you can do everything from exploring the 13th-century old center and hilltop fortifications to dancing the night away in a bustling club.
Hvar is best known as a summer resort, but its ancient history appeals to a variety of crowds. It’s the only island in the world with four UNESCO heritage sites and great beaches punctuate the jagged shoreline, separated by a sea of postcard-perfect lavender fields. Still, if you’re not just after the picturesque scenery of Croatia’s most-visited island, you might be wondering where the best beach clubs in Hvar can be found, and we’re here to tell you.
From the Bali-esque day clubs that decorate the rustic coastland just outside of Hvar Town to the glitzy marina-side terraces with harbor views and Nautica themes, it’s all here. Let’s get into it.
Hula Hula, Majerovića
Located at the waterfront on its own isolated section of coastland called Majerovica, Hula Hula is a place where locals and tourists mingle for daytime parties and sunset relaxation. It’s just a short walk from Hotel Amfora and sits in its humble glory at the shoreline with a Bali surf town aesthetic.
You’ll find wooden recliners, fringed umbrellas, and a rustic wooden bar and shelter. Wolf, the owner of Hula Hula, has taken inspiration from his worldwide escapades to bring Uluwatu-meets-Cuban cool to the Adriatic beach bar. They sell classic cocktails like Mojitos and Margaritas that you can enjoy to slow DJ tunes while the sun goes down. Hula Hula is one of the few spots in town where you can actually watch it disappear into the horizon.
Sunbathing chairs dress the sandy beach below for daytime visits. We recommend ordering a bite to eat from the adjoining Bubba Gump bistro for salads, Thai curry, and bar snacks.
Price range: $$-$$$
Address: Petrićevo šetalište 10, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 95 911 1871, hulahulahvar.com
Opening hours: Open daily, 9 am to 10 pm
Carpe Diem, Riva
One of the most iconic spots in Hvar, if not the best-loved beach club, Carpe Diem has been the place to be since it opened its doors in 1999. The lively waterfront beach bar provides a loungey open space for its visitors, with great drinks, and even better vibes.
Carpe Diem has lured celeb crowds and the yachting elite, but everyone is welcome. After coffee, the sound of Carpe Diem’s characteristic ‘Sunset Grooves’ greets revelers off the beach. Don’t be surprised by the ordinary interior beyond its grand arched facade – Carpe Diem is a space where everyone should feel comfortable. Although, the prices are just slightly higher than average.
The bar has earned its reputation as a VIP hangout from the high season when Hvar is bustling and hyped. Make sure you book in advance as they have a reservation-only policy in August and the terrace, with its separate bar, is allocated for exclusive clientele only.
Carpe Diem is located in Riva on the edge of Hvar Old town and close to the ferry port. The bar has recently opened a new venue in Stipanska Bay on Marinkovac, one of the small Paklieni islands just off the coast of Hvar, 10 minutes by boat. Carpe Diem Beach has made Marinkovac a party destination and the club offers transport for guests for daytime lounging or parties late into the night with bars, terraces, a restaurant, and even a spa area nestled amid fragrant pine forests.
Price range: $$-$$$
Address: Riva 32, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 99 377 6776, cdhvar.com
Opening hours: Open daily, 11 am to 7 pm, 5 pm to 10 pm, 1 am to 5 pm, depending on the section.
Falko Beach Bar & Food, Majerovića
Jutting out on its own peninsula in Vlade Avelinija, a bay across from Hula Hula, Falko Beach Bar is a hidden gem in Hvar known for its great pasta dishes, sunset views, and laidback vibes. Sandy ground amid swaying pine trees, cabana-style shade covers, sun loungers, and a waterfront location, it might sound like the other contenders on this list but Falka is a world away from places like Carpe Diem.
Falko is effortlessly unpretentious and you can tuck away in on one of the scattered sofas to enjoy a sundowner without intruding DJ sounds or party-goers. Families are welcome and the menu caters to all crowds. Falko is a great space to base yourself for a day of sunbathing and indulgence. The drinks menu features an extensive list of local alcohol, craft cocktails, and soft beverages.
Price range: $-$$
Address: Vlade Avelinija, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Opening hours: Open daily, Bar 11 am to 9 pm, Kitchen noon to 8 pm
Beach Club Hvar, Majerovića
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Beach Club Hvar is an unapologetically upscale bar, with the vibes to match. Entry is a little higher and you’ll need to fork out a whopping kn325 ($45) for a sun bed for the day, but it will be worth it if you love the finer things.
Expect an unbeatable ambiance with an exclusive feel and lusted seafront location. The white stone colonnade is nestled under a pine grove and you can choose between private stone cabanas, waterside loungers, and day-beds on the wooden terrace with direct sea access to spend your day on.
We recommended arriving at noon to get your money’s worth and staying for sunset – best enjoyed with a craft cocktail at the lounge bar area and a plate of crunchy calamari.
Price range: $$$-$$$$
Address: Šetalište Tonija Petrića 3, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 91 474 1555, beachhvar.com
Opening hours: Open daily, 10 am to 7 pm
Laganini Lounge Bar & Fish House, Palmizana
Trendy and rustic with its own Croatian charm, Laganini might be another pricier option, but it’s the perfect lunch or dinner spot for a mid-holiday treat, or an evening adventure if it’s the sounds of dance music filling the night that you’re chasing.
Laganini Lounge is located on Palmizana Island, adjacent to Hvar, so you’ll need a boat or water taxi to get here, but it will be worth it. You’ll find lobster and oysters on the menu accompanied by artisanal cocktails and house wines.
Laganini is considered to be one of the most exclusive seafood restaurants in the Hvar vicinity and it’s not for budget travelers. But the lusted seafront location is a great place to enjoy a few drinks to the sound of live music before hopping on a water taxi back to the main town.
Price range: $$-$$$$
Address: Palmižana 33, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 91 174 4976
Opening hours: Open daily, noon to 10 pm
BB Club & Social Bar, Riva
Nestled right on Riva marina, calling out to yacht clubbers and wannabe boaties who can watch the superyachts bob in the harbor, BB Club is a cosmopolitan mecca with quality mixologists, stylish Nautica decor and chairs, and a spacious lounge feel.
The on-site Shrimp House restaurant serves up quality Mediterannean delicacies with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients to waiting punters on the lavish terrace. BB Club has been dubbed one of the best places to sample artisanal cocktails and seafood bites with the Hvar Rose Martini of vodka, Vermouth, grenadine, and orange bitters being a popular choice, best served with freshly shucked oysters.
You’ll also find burgers, club sandwiches, pasta, and even Mexican dishes on the menu too. The BBC Social Bar is open from 7 am for a la carte breakfast and all-day dining. BB is a place to see and be seen in Riva until midnight falls.
Price range: $$-$$$
Address: Obala Riva 27, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 21 750 100, [email protected]
Opening hours: Open daily, 7 am to 12 am
Pink Champagne, Hvar
Partnered with Hula Hula, Pink Champagne is a nightclub with an upscale and luxurious vibe. The energetic burlesque club regularly hosts cabaret shows and is on for when the other spots get tired. The fun doesn’t kick off until 2 am and Pink Champagne is certainly a destination for true party-lovers.
DJ sets playing 80s bangers and electronica set the backing sounds for the party, whatever the night. Old Hvar is dotted with glitzy bars, but Pink Champagne shows that this vibe can be easily replication outside the town center. Entry costs kn100 ($14) in the high season but there’s plenty of seating and VIP booths can be arranged for advanced bookings.
Price range: $$-$$$
Address: Ive Miličića 4, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Contact: +385 21 742 283
Opening hours: Open daily, 2 am to 6 am
Pinetta, Stari Grad
Located in the busy port town of Stari Grad, on the other side of the island from Hvar Town, Pinetta is one of the best places to sample the quintessential red Plavac wines of rural Croatia. Complete with views over the Harbour, Pinetta maintains a humble wine-bar aesthetic, with warm sofas, tiled floors, and all-surrounding stone walls.
You can enjoy light nibbles from anchovies to pates, cold cuts, bruschetta, and salads, but it is a local favorite for its slow-pace and laid-back ambiance. Punters stay until 1 am enjoying the sounds of the waves and the low hum of the Stari Grad bustle.
Price range: $-$$
Address: Ul. Ljudevita Gaja 7, 21460, Stari Grad, Croatia
Contact: +385 91 505 3672
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, noon to 12 am, Friday and Saturday, noon to 1 am
Red Baron Caffe, Riva
One of the busiest spots on Hvar’s Riva Marine strip, Red Baron is a reasonably priced bar considering its yacht club ambiance. With an outdoor-lounge feel, the chair and tables are nestled up against the original stone wall to one side and the open awning to the other provides sweeping views of the harbor and the boats that bob in the bay.
Classic cocktails, local spirits, and the subtly sweet Croatian Prošek dessert wine adorn the menu. Locals mingle with tourists from the afternoon until late, and the odd opening hours provide somewhere to go for midweek partiers and hungry clubbers. You can’t say no to the cheap prices here either.
Price range: $-$$
Address: Riva 7, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Opening hours: Monday, 7.15 am to 3.30 pm, Tuesday, 24 hours, Wednesday, Closed, Thursday, 1.30 am to 3 am, Friday, 4.30 am to 12 am, Saturday and Sunday, Closed
Does Hvar have good nightlife?
The nightlife in Hvar is among the best in the Adriatic and the town has a special flair, especially during summer, when it feels like there is always something going on. Beach parties, all-night clubs, festivals on nearby islands, and tavernas spilling with happy revelers, there’s always fun to be had on Croatia’s most-visited island and it’s a great place for party-goers.
Where are the best beaches in Hvar?
Hvar’s beaches tend to be rocky with different-sized pebbles and situated in bays fringed with pine forest. There are a few sandy beaches on the north side, but plenty of great swimming spots dotted all around the coast. Where Hvar lacks in golden sands, it makes up for in crystal clear waters, rustic natural beauty, and private coves.
Dubovica Beach is one of the most-loved beach locations in Hvar, located eight kilometers east of the old town in a picturesque secluded bay. There is also Bonji Beach, the best beach in the center and home to Beach Club Hvar. Check out Mekicevika Beach too, at the end of a 20-minute walkway through pine woodland. The trek will be worth it for the undisturbed beauty.
How old do you have to be to drink in Croatia?
There isn’t a legal drinking age in Croatia but you do have to be over 18 years or over to purchase alcohol and enter most nightclubs. Teens can drink in bars with supervising adults, but usually only until a certain time. Croatia also has very strict drink-driving laws. Never get behind the wheel after a few beverages wherever you are.