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Club Review – The Garden & Barbarella’s, Zadar

July 16, 2007


The Garden is a lovely outdoor bar in the old town of Zadar. Run by two very nice geezers, Nick Colgan & Eddie O’Callaghan, it’s a fantastic place to laze away a sunny day, listening to the very finest music to be found on Croatia’s shores. It is exactly what it says it is – an open-air garden, with comfy laid back chairs for lounging and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere.

Garden & Barbarella’s Location

However, not content with only having one cool bar, the guys decided to commandeer another place in the grounds of the Pinija Hotel in Petrčane, just 15 minutes north of Zadar. Christened Barbarella’s, after a 70’s club in Brum that the guys used to go to (which was named after the film, incidentally), the club has been given a complete make-over in an uber-cool 70’s style.


So, restless as they seem to be, and not being content with having two super trendy places, the guys decided to embark on their most recent project, The Garden Festival. This yearly festival, which has just finished it’s second run, is held in the grounds of the Pinija Hotel and features some of the finest DJ’s and live acts from all over Europe, including Mr. Scruff, Rainer Truby, Jazzanova, Michael Rutten, and the Soil & Pimp Sessions, to name just a few. To find out more about what they do, visit them at any of the following websites:


Club Review – Kocka, Split

July 12, 2007


OK. This one’s definitely not for the faint hearted. Located just up from one of the more well known clubs – Metropolis –  Club Kocka (said ‘Kotska’) defines the word ‘Underground’. For starters, you’re going to have a hard time finding it! Your best bet is to keep an eye out for the large groups of teenagers drinking ‘Al Fresco’ – try not to let fear overcome you and kindly ask for directions to the entrance of the club. You’ll be pointed towards a concrete stairwell, full of graffiti, which leads you down to what seems like an underground car park. There you’ll find two steel doors which lead down to the club.

Kocka Location

Entrance is usually only 10 or 20 kunas, and beers are about 12kn a bottle – very reasonable! Inside you’ll more than likely be greeted by some strange stares from the locals, as this isn’t really the kind of place your average tourist will stop by for a bevvy. But for those of you that would like to experience some real Croatian underground clubbing, you’ll not find a better spot. Music policy seems to be anything outside of the mainstream, from punk, reggae and metal, to electro, drum n’ bass, and everything in between. If you want to check what’s on before you go, check their website at – it’s not in English but you should be able to figure out the key words!