Istria's West Coast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Pula

Cabahia

This artsy hideaway, 2km south of the centre in Veruda, has a cosy wood-beamed interior, eclectic objects and rock portraits on the walls, dim lighting, South American tiling and a great garden terrace out the back.…
Top Choice Bar in Pula

Bass

Occupying the porch of a decaying Habsburg-era mansion, this hip, dishevelled bar is an oasis of boho cool with a long cocktail menu and a laid-back clientele.
Cafe in Pula

Cvajner

Housed in a former bank on the Forum (the huge safe is used as a storeroom), this is Pula's hippest cafe, scattered with random Tito-era furniture, the remnants of wall frescos, painted ceiling beams, art by up-and-…
Cocktail Bar in Rovinj

Mediterraneo

Clinging to the old-town sea cliffs, this gorgeous little bar feels like a secret. It's not, of course – Rovinj's fashionable set are already here, holding court on the pastel-coloured stools right by the water. It'…
Bar in Pula

Caffe Uliks

A statue of James Joyce greets you at the entrance to this bar named after his famous novel (which occupies the ground floor of a building where Joyce taught English). Inside it's all brass, backlit stained glass, d…
Bar in Poreč

Le Mat Corner

Poreč's hippest bar is a dimly lit den with oddball art, mismatched chairs, little round tables, big metal-dome lamps, mezzanine seating, a fridge full of craft beer and PJ Harvey on the stereo. The slightly surly s…
Bar in Rovinj

Circolo Aperitiv Bar

Rovinj's rowdiest live-music bar has the most rarified of settings, occupying a grand old building with a very pleasant front yard. In summer there's a DJ, band, quiz or comedian on every night, but you can be guara…
Cafe in Pula

Cyber Cafe

The name marks it as one of a dying breed, but this colourful, art-strewn cafe is no digital dinosaur. Yes, there are a couple of free internet terminals, but most people come here to sip on a coffee or a beer in th…
Wine Bar in Poreč

Vinoteka Bacchus

This sweet little wine shop has a clutch of tables on an atmospheric lane, where you can try local wine varietals such as malvazija and refošk, cure any ailments with biska (mistletoe grappa), and nibble on antipast…
Bar in Umag

Buoni Amici

Facing the water on the old town's southern edge, this hip bar has a good selection craft beer, photos of Bowie and Lou Reed on the wall, and a collection of brass instruments hanging from the ceiling. Look out for …