City-Center, Zagreb

    About Maraschino


    This whimsical two-floor spot takes its mellifluous name from the distinctive Croatian sweet cherry liqueur from the beautiful Dalmatian city of Zadar on the Adriatic. So it will come as no surprise that the pink stuff looms large on the drinks menu. Indeed, it is sometimes put into in the coffee too, though one feels this is a step too far). So quite a few cherries are harmed in the making of this nightspot. Taking up its quarters in an old grocer's, a mere cherry stone's throw from Jelacic square, the decor is a riotous melange of whimsy: fin de siecle wallpaper dripping with irony, crystal chandeliers and even the odd pillar clad in orange fur. On occasion, films are projected onto the walls, which lend it yet further atmosphere. The faultless staff are both approachable and friendly, as indeed are the punters, most of whom are young, invariably jolly and easy on the eye. As for the music, it is generally played fortissimo, so if you want to hold onto your ears give the speakers a wide berth. Funk, jazz, europop and electronica are the usual genres of choice. There are occasional live music nights and inevitable guest DJs. But be warned: it tends to become packed and pretty smoky on the weekends and the door policy cane be a bit Draconian. Nevertheless, its reputation as one of the best new hotspots in Zagreb is well deserved. In short, definitely a place for which you should clear the diary.

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