Pula’s top nightlife spots liven up the historical city come sunset, with dozens of clubs and bars opening their doors to party-lovers from all around the world. While the city is famed for its ancient landmarks and natural landscapes during the day, its nightlife scene offers something unique to just about any traveller. From real gladiator battles to exciting pub crawls, check out our list of the best nightlife in Pula.


    Ribarska Koliba Lounge & Cocktail Bar

    Enjoy cocktails on the rooftop

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    Ribarska Koliba Lounge & Cocktail Bar boasts views of the Adriatic Sea and the Marina Veruda. You’ll be drinking under the stars thanks to the lounge’s open design. This ambience is topped with live music that ranges from jazz to acoustics by local musicians.

    Famed for their handcrafted cocktails, you can also ask Ribarska Koliba’s bartenders about their seasonal specials. They’re usually happy to create a unique concoction, especially during the summer.

    Location: Ribarska Koliba Resort, Verudela 16, 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: Daily from 7am to midnight

    Phone: +385 (0)91 600 1269


    Old City Bar

    A local favourite inspired by British pubs

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    The Old City Bar is about a 10-minute walk from the Pula Arena. It was modelled after British pubs and its extensive menu of coffees, cocktails and beers attract many locals, especially on weekends. Various events take place at this quaint pub, including live music by local aspiring artists, quiz nights, and DJ sets.

    When picking a seat at Old City Bar, opt for a table at its spacious terrace – you can enjoy views of the fountain at Dante Square. Unlike most pubs in Pula, it’s best to avoid sitting by the bar as servers may need the space for trays, which might disrupt you as you drink.

    Location: Danteov trg 1, 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 6.30am to 2.30am, Sunday from 7am to 2.30am


    Gladiator nights at Pula Arena

    Historical site by day, gladiator show by night

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    Gladiator nights (Spectacvla Antiqva) was established at the Pula Arena in 2014, featuring true gladiator fights with authentic weapons, Roman outfits, and replicas of body armour from ancient Roman times. It has since become an annual affair – it’s held every week from the end of June until early September. These fights, normally lasting 1.5 hours, are accompanied by a narrator. Tickets are available at the door of the Pula Arena.

    After the fights, be sure to stick around for a walkthrough with your guide to see authentic Roman clothing and crafts. You can also participate in the various workshops available.

    Location: Flavijevska ul., 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: June–September: Monday–Tuesday from 7.30pm to late

    Phone: +385 (0)52 219 028


    Pula Pub Crawl

    The greatest way to meet tourists and locals

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    The Pula Pub Crawl gathers groups of like-minded party-goers for an evening of bar-hopping, often paired with drinking games and group activities that help set up the party mood. It's a great way for tourists to meet the locals and see how they party in Pula.

    Meetups for tourists are at Forum Square in front of the Temple of Augustus. The local guides will lead the way to 3 different bars around town, before ending at a popular nightclub. Reservations are required. A 1-time payment to the guides includes welcome shots and bar or club entries.

    Open: Summer: daily from 10pm to late


    Club Uljanik

    Pula’s legendary club since the 1960s

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    Established in the 1960s, Club Uljanik is known by the locals as Pula’s legendary rock club. Located across the Uljanik Shipyard of Pula, it sees a year-round calendar of alternative bands, aspiring DJs, and themed party nights.

    The club hosts student parties for younger party-seekers on Thursdays. At other time, it hosts Susret Generacija, a theme party suited for those over 35. Club Uljanik opens its outdoor terrace in the summer to better accommodate the locals and partying tourists.

    Location: Dobrilina ul. 2, 52100, Pula, Croatia

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 9pm to 6am (closed from Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +385 (0)92 287 4656

    Elie Lam | Contributing Writer

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