Beer drinking: a favorite pastime for beer lovers around the world but most importantly for those of us lucky enough to drink beer in Croatia. With the sudden craft beer revolution, newly built breweries, and the ever growing amount of pubs popping up throughout our favorite Croatian cities, today we bring you the best institutions for drinking beer in one of the best – Split. Bottoms up!
To Je To: Everyone’s favorite watering hole throughout the year, To Je To is also one of the best beer establishments in Split. Carrying your classics like Ozujsko on tap, To je To also has a rotating tap with Croatian craft beer favorites Nova Runda and Zmajska. Their bottled beer selection is also rich, carrying Delirium Tremens and Visibaba Pivo (ever seen the quirky John Lemon or Janis Hoplin labels?). Another perk? To Je To recently opened Mexican street food To Je Tako across the alleyway from the bar for you to get those drunk munchies on.
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Kobaje: Perhaps the most impressive beer list in the whole of Split (and maybe the whole of Dalmatia), Kobaje carries over 60 varieties of beer from around the world. From Croatia alone they carry over 10 crafts, including favorites Barba from Split, Zmajska, and Velebitsko. Outside of Croatia they carry beers from Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, England, Ireland, United States, and many other beers from the Balkan region. The price points are fair, and don’t miss out on their beer snacks and sausages!
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Black Dog: New to the Split bar scene is Black Dog, which has quickly become a favorite of both locals and tourists as meeting place and a hub for travelers to connect. Just around the corner from Split’s famous Green Market, Black Dog fuses authentic architecture with modern pub styles and offers local craft beers, quality cocktails and live music regularly.
Fabrique: One of the newest pubs to open in Split, Fabrique boasts an extensive beer list including regional and international beers. Some unique choices would be the Gulden Draak from Belgium, a 10.5% dark beer, the Augustiner Lagerbier Hell from Munich, Chimay, or local favorite San Servolo. Since Fabrique is classified as a pub, your beer bellies will stay full with pub fare like fish and chips, chicken wings, or anything from their grill.
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Leopold’s Delicatessen Bar: Located right outside of the city center, Leopold’s is your favorite beer drinking, punk living, deli tasting sanctuary. A tried and true craft beer bar, Leopold’s carries the best Croatian crafts, including Barba, Nova Runda, Varionica, Grička Vještica, and Fakin IPA to name a few. They even carry Brewdog Punk IPA from Scotland, plus a large selection of bottled beers from around the world! Another perk about Leopold’s? Hence the name it is also a delicatessen, serving up charcuterie fare including donkey meat salami and some super domestic Croatian cheeses.
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Sanctuary: Sanctuary is all about rotating local beers. They try to keep a varying selection based on availability, and are always serving Croatian craft beers on tap. Sanctuary is constantly looking to expand their selection, and currently carries Zmajska, Barba (Split’s first craft brewery) and different variations of Križevačko. They carry bottled domestic beers such as Zlatni Pan and Ožujsko Amber, but also other craft beers from around the world such as Medvedgrad, wheat beers and Somersby Cider.
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