Hvar is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It’s no wonder that superstar celebrities and billion dollar business men frequently call on this port. And while the city is beautiful to explore by day, the town definitely comes alive at night. So if you are headed to Hvar and want to get in on the partying that this Croatian island is known for, here’s what to do and where to go.
For Day Parties
There’s really no reason to wait for the sun to go down to party in Hvar. Grab a water taxi to one of the outlying islands and spend the day at a beach bar where you can swim, drink, and dance under the sun. Favourite islands for day parties include Jerolim, Stipanska (same island as Carpe Diem), and Palmizana. All islands have beach bars with music, drinks, and snacks, and comfortable beach chairs are also available for rent (around 70-80 kuna for the day). Heading to one of these beaches is a fun, relaxing way to get into the party mood.
Tip: Check the prices for single drinks and pitchers before you order, it’s usually cheaper to share a pitcher.
For Sunset Parties
Most water taxis stop running before the sun goes down, so after your day at the beach bar head back into town to watch the sunset at a beach bar in Hvar Town. The most popular place to do this is Hula Hula, a beach club about 15 minute walk from the main promenade. The party really kicks off at 5pm and lasts into the night and it’s a great place to catch the sunset with a cocktail… or several.
Random fact: Hula Hula hosted Beyonce and Jay-Z a couple years back, that might be enough reason on it’s own to check out this beach bar.
For all Nighters
The most famous party of Hvar happens every night during high season (weather permitting) at Carpe Diem. What is it? It’s a night club on a small island. Partiers board boats starting at 12:15am to drive out to the island James Bond style where they can dance and drink the night away-literally. The club doesn’t shut down until 5am. It’s not cheap though; cover charge ranges from 150-200 kuna per person. This includes your boat ride there and back and entrance but no drinks, and of course drinks are pretty pricey with the cheapest shot running at 45 kuna. But, to say you partied on an island all night long might be worth it.
Tip: Boats only leave when they are full, so head to the bar along the marina for a couple drinks first where you can keep an eye on the boat to see how quickly it’s filling up. Also, if you are visiting during the full moon- make sure that’s the night you go. Full moon parties are supposed to be off the wall!
Not keen on spending the entire night in one spot? No worries, Hvar puts on a great pub crawl. Starting at 10:30 am the leaders take you to a private terrace rented specifically for the event where you can drink as much as you can in the hour or so before you move on to the bars. The party ends at the hottest nightclub on the island, Pink Champagne, where the party doesn’t end until 6am- just in time to see the sun rise. Tickets for pub crawl are 170 kuna and include all you can drink at the terrace and a shot at the second bar. Check around town for flyers or meet the leader (wearing a sombrero) by the marina where the boat to Carpe Diem takes off, at 10:30pm.
Have you been to Hvar? What’s your favourite party spot?
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