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Saturday, 26 November 2016

Zagreb Film Festival Wraps Up It's 14th Season (+Videos)

Zagreb Film Festival official website:

I've been busy with a bunch of stuff and just realized I should a quick post about something. I browsed around and came across a number of interesting topics, but then decided fuck it, I'm going to do another film festival post. Even though I mentioned about this event before at my Kino Europa 90th Birthday post, I never actually did something specifically just about the Zagreb Film Festival, so here's some basic information, (this little known about art cinema Kino Europa recently even won the 2016 Europa Cinemas Best Programming Award from among 1078 cinemas, 644 cities and 41 European countries, so that's not too shabby, and it's also not to be confused with the Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, which is another differently themed annual film festival at Kino Europa and other cool locations earlier in the summer, and with a different mascot too).

There's quite a number of similar film festivals that take place in Croatia throughout the year, too many to cover each one individually. Actually almost every major city and region in Croatia holds a film festival of some kind during the year, the most well known are in Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Motovun and Pula, but there's more. (Among the more well known ones even the Vukovar Film Festival has also been up and running every August since 2007). Many take place at open-air locations in the summer and its especially cool that even historic Croatian fortresses and buildings from the Medieval centuries and the Croatian Renaissance/Baroque period are included as part of the film viewing experience. There's much more information and media about this year's edition at the Zagreb Film Festival official website, and there's a bunch of related previous posts at the bottom

Zagreb Film Festival 2016 Finishes Another Sucessful Edition

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Zagreb Film Festival official website:

People getting ready to go to the cinematograph in Zagreb 1906, the precursor to today's Zagreb Film Festival

Here's some quick bonus information first, probably surprising to some the history of Croatian films had already started in 1896, that's when the first travelling cinematograph was set up in the "Kola building" in Zagreb, (and this just only a year after the very first public screening cinematograph film was shown in France, it was the new wonder of the civilized world, almost like the magics of the printing press from 500 years earlier), soon amateur enthusiasts filmed various historical events and short documentary film scenes of the surrounding area primarily in Zagreb, Šibenik, Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Pula and Split. The first permanent movie theater in Croatia was then built in 1906 also in Zagreb, and a year later in 1907 the first permanent cinema theater was held by Josip Karaman in the city of Split at the Grand Elektro Bioskop (Grand Electric Cinema).

Later the very first Croatian produced and directed film was the silent film comedy "Brcko u Zagrebu" (Brcko in Zagreb) which played at the Metropol theater in 1917. Produced by Croatia Film k.d. and directed by Ante Masovčić it was a 30 minute silent film comedy typical of the the main character Brcko decides to leave his boring small rural home and nagging wife to go to the capital city Zagreb for a break and some adventure, there he meets a theater actress and then the fun adventure starts that's for sure, but things get even more interesting when his wife later also decides to travel to Zagreb to see what he's up to, well she finds him adventuring with the other actress woman alright and then things really get interesting when she sprays fizzy water in his face to really show him, so the jig was up, Brcko's face was wet and his goose was cooked...audience applause, stuff like that. (Interestingly and not known to many, the film's director Ante Masovčić was also a friend of Croatian modernist painter and artist Miroslav Kraljević, and he also went by the writing pseudonym Arsen Maas and Arsen Mazoff from the time they both studied and worked in Paris, (he also wrote for various Paris publications about theatre and play performance premieres), then later he also became known for his important work with the Hrvatska Narodna Kazališta/Croatian National Theatre, even that almost seems like an interesting movie plot). These preceding events signalled the birth and future of Croatian homegrown cinematography and were part of the new emerging movies and films industry in Central Europe.

A rare view of a scene from the very first Croatian produced feature film in 1917, the comedy "Brcko u Zagrebu" (Brcko in Zagreb). 

Poster from the very first Croatian language subtitle and Croatian produced feature film played in Zagreb in 1917.

Today in the 21st century the Zagreb Film Festival (Croatian; Zagrebački Filmski Festival) continues this long tradition as an annual film festival held since 2003. The festival focuses on promoting young and upcoming filmmakers and regularly features several international programmes for their first or second films made.

Each festival edition usually features three international competition programs (for feature films, short films, and documentary films), and one short film competition program for Croatian filmmakers. In addition, the festival often hosts non-competitive screenings, such as selections of children's films or screenings of debut works made by established film directors. The main festival competition has included directors like Anton Corbijn, Radu Jude, Xavier Dolan, Andrei Zviagintsev, Uberto Pasolini, Alexandros Avranas, George Clooney and has even been attended and promoted by Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark. (If the Queen of Denmark attends and supports the Zagreb Film Festival then you know it's not a shitty film event)

(I should note that "A Serbian Film" has never played at the Zagreb Film Festival, newborn porn isn't a Zagreb Film Festival kind of thing, hence the name). Here one of the mascots leads the cheers before the children's films event.

Since 2006 the festival's main award is called Golden Pram. From 2003 to 2005 the main award was called Golden Bib. Zagreb Film Festival is an annual film festival held since 2003 in Zagreb, Croatia and provides young and upcoming filmmakers and regularly features several international programmes for their first or second films made. Each festival edition usually features three international competition programs (for feature films, short films, and documentary films), and one short film competition program specifically for Croatian filmmakers.

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

-The Zlatna kolica (Golden Pram, called Golden Bib until 2005) award is given in the following categories:
-Best Feature Film in the international selection
-Best Short Film in the international selection
-Best Documentary Film in the international selection
-Best Short Film by a Croatian author (introduced in 2005)
-The VIP Audience Award for best film overall, as voted by audience (introduced in 2005)

This historic Kino Europa theater is also the home of many cutting-edge film festivals such as the main venue for KinoKino - International Film Festival for Children, Animafest Zagreb, Days of Croatian Film, Subversive Film Festival, Human Rights Film Festival, Vox Feminae Festival, One Take Film Festival, Venice In Zagreb, Children's Rights Film Festival, Croatian Animation Festival, Subtitled Tuesdays - films screened with English subtitles along with Croatian subtitles, Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival, PSSST! Silent Film Festival, Israeli Film Week, Contemporary Polish Film Week, Czech Film Week, Kinolektra, Cinematographers Retrospective, FLaF - Festival of Lomography and Analogue Photography Festival and other films related events.

Art Cinema "Kino Europa" recently even won the 2016 Europa Cinemas Best Programming Award from among 1078 cinemas, 644 cities and 41 European countries, so it's not too shitty of a film festival probably.

In addition, the Zagreb Film Festival often hosts non-competitive screenings, such as selections of children's films or screenings of debut works made by established film directors at six different venues throughout the city. Zagrebački Filmski Festival is a venue not just for film buffs, but for many other visitors to whom the festival programme successfully opens up new horizons into the field of film art.

The Festival programme includes films that are not necessarily of a commercial character, but lean towards artistic creation. However, the films presented at the Zagrebački Filmski Festival invariably become hits among serious film audiences. As these are often films having no regular distribution, the festival also represents a unique opportunity to even see the films. Film screenings are accompanied by excellent concerts and entertainment so you are guaranteed a great time in addition to new films.

A mix of the old and modern new pretty well sums up the Zagreb Film Festival. (see related interesting Croatian folk clothes and folk costumes post).

Interestingly, even though the city of Rijeka already has their own local film festival events, recently the growing popularity of the Zagreb Film Festival has even expanded to the Art-Kino Croatia in the city of Rijeka, good to know and less traveling involved.

Mascots of the Zagreb Film Festival mugging one of the film buffs.

Like I briefly mentioned before, even the Danish royal couple Queen Margarete II of Denmark and her husband Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark, during an official visit to Croatia attended the Croatian premiere of the Danish-Croatian co-production "Itsi Bitsi". They could have easily said "There's no frikin way I'm going to the movies with a bunch of riffraff and peons", so that's a positive thing the way I see it.

Also good to know is that besides the general public being able to watch a whole bunch of films and awards handed out, there are a wide variety of social events, film and media related conferences, symposiums, lectures, interviews with the film makers, writers and producers, sometimes with actors also, probably a good option for those contemplating cinematography, acting and film making.

Besides the main Kino Europa, to make the films more easily accessible there's also a number of smaller theatres and viewing venue options located across the city during the film festival, here at the Zagrebačko kazalište lutaka (Zagreb Puppet Theatre).

At Room Frankopanska 22/Dvorana F22, at the Akademija dramske umjetnosti (Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb).

Another cool option is Dokukino Kic, which is one of the cozy smaller viewing venues used during the film festival, if you show up early you can probably get a bean bag chair seat.

The Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb (Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb) is one of the other film festival theatre venues, *foreign movies always have English and Croatian subtitles btw.

And the Kino Tuškanac is another theatre venue used also.

One of the numerous social gathering events that take place during the film festival (this would probably be a good time to sneak in with your movie script and talk to a film maker/producer..."Oh hey there, I didn't know you'd be here, I just happen to have a fantastic movie script in my pocket...etc").

Highlights of what went on, during the 9 days of the 2016 Zagreb Film Festival at 6 locations (Kino Europa and Tuškanac cinemas, Zagreb Dance Centre, Dokukino, Museum of Contemporary Art, Academy of Dramatic Arts), over 100 films were shown, 6 category awards presented and symposiums held including Croatian and other international directors, actors and producers.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The 8th Annual Hrvatska Noć (Croatia Night) Taking Place In Frankfurt, November 19th

The 8th edition of the annual Hrvatska Noć 2016 (Croatia Night) will be taking place in Frankfurt Germany again.

I think I came across this topic a few times before, so I might as well add it here this time. It's also in a way related to a post from a few days ago about Croatians 4th on the world alcohol drinking list, (which is actually a very good thing btw with some interesting facts and statistics). Basically in a nutshell, this is an annual music event that features a mix of various Croatian traditional and mainstream pop music acts from different genres and years (even decades in a few cases) for one night in Frankfurt Germany, It's nothing too hardcore rock, ambient darkwave, alternative trance, industrial nu-metal, folk-metal, polka, house pagan-trance-nu metal, ambientwave-nu-polka, nu-trance ambient folk or just folk music, like some of the Croatian musicians I've already posted about. It's more like just an 8 hour eclectic good ol' festival-ish atmosphere and ambiance than just a concert of one specific band, music act or musical style.

It's a good location too because there's a significant diaspora Croat populations in Germany and those surrounding Central European countries also, so there'e not a great deal travelling involved. It won't affect the diaspora populations in North America all that much but it's still interesting and good to know. (although some do come and even all the way from Australia) One of the reasons they would travel so far is because of some of the iconic musicians/singers over the decades that will be performing all at one place, case in point Oliver Dragojević. Heck, I remember that guy on the radio when I spent 2 whole summers in Croatia as a 10 and 11 year old, every time you turned on the radio those summers it was mostly ABBA, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Bee Gees and Oliver Dragojević. (which were the best 2 summers of my childhood by far, except when some Serb guy that came from Belgrade tried to fuck my ass in the ice cream shop washroom, besides that they were awesome summers), except back then he had long hair like a hippy, a cultural icon singer sort of like Andy Gibb, that REO Speedwagon singer guy or the iconic Canadian singer Leonerd Cohen who just recently passed away. Heck, that guy is still putting out cd's, touring and filling halls and arenas, and you even see the teenage girls singing along to his romantic themed songs knowing the words, a fanbase from different generations and decades is pretty rare. I could be wrong, but I don't think even Cohen could lay claim to that rarity. (for those who want or need to know the up to date current Croatian radio Top 40 situation, click onto or or HERE) If you're in the area it would probably be worth checking out even for just the atmosphere and festival-ish ambiance, and of course.the Croatian food/snacks. I didn't add anything about ticket prices, what foods, drinks, tees or souvenirs will be available, you'll have to click onto the links and read for yourself.

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Croatia Night in Frankfurt (photo credit: Lazeta Media Frankfurt)

More than 10,000 people are expected to gather in Frankfurt, Germany again next Saturday night for the biggest Croatian party abroad.

People from all over Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Sweden and even from Australia will again be in Frankfurt for the 8th annual ‘Croatia Night’. (Croatian: Hrvatska Noć)

2015 Croatia Night in Frankfurt (photo credit: Lazeta Media Frankfurt)

Popular singers from Croatia, such as Zlatan Stipišić aka Gibonni, Oliver Dragojević, Jelena Rozga as well as songs by Petar Grašo, Mate Bulić, Ivan Zak, Klapa Rišpet, Miroslav Skoro and others will entertain the crowd during the night, which is expected to be bigger than ever.

A few of the familiar acts and artists from over the years and decades who'll be showing up at this years edition.

“Croatia Night gathers the best musicians from the homeland, thousands of Croatians and guests from Germany, Europe and the rest of the world. For eight years guests have come to have fun, see old friends and create new business and friendly connections. We are proud of the 8th Croatia Night and the large number of musicians coming”, organizer Robert Martinović said ahead of next weekend’s party and music extravaganza.

A few highlights from previous editions and what to expect.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Croatians High Among World’s Biggest Drinkers (But Near Bottom Of The List For Homicides & Voilence...Now That's Great News)

A summer outdoor bar scene in the capital city of Zagreb. Over the years many drinkers of alcohol based adult beverages converge at purveyors of such kinds of drinks, or hang around places that serve such types of drinks and they consume said drinks in various amounts, fizzy and non-fizzy variety and sometimes even with added juices and mini-umbrellas of course. But what does it all really mean?...

It's generally known that Croatians are big coffee drinkers, the cafes and coffee shops patios are found practically everywhere you go, if you go downtown in any of the larger cities and towns especially in the summer it's usually cafes and patios teeming with people having various caffeine drinks. (It's true. I saw it many times, it's almost like a religion come evenings). For this reason Croatia is usually high on the world lists for consumers of coffee. However this recent not very important news put out by the World Health Organization I found interesting enough to throw in here for a few reasons, not because I particularly believe all the various polls and lists seen floating around the internetworld regarding whatever topics, but in this case firstly probably to get rid of any misconceptions that a reader may initially have after reading, such as maybe immediately getting visions of people drunk and passed out in alleyways, on sidewalks and in parks all over the country, drooling and still holding their drink in hand, stuff like that.

Nothing could be further from the truth though, you'll see that the related facts and statistics make this topic great fantastic news actually. Drinking beer, wine and alcohol in general is a Croatian traditional and cultural thing of course, and has been for many centuries and especially come the holidays, a tradition carried over from the times we were still all pagan tribes in antiquity and enjoyed various meads and then wines. I personally don't drink much these days, but I do still enjoy a tasty cold beer, good wine or liquor occasionally, which is why I posted this one. (even today there are a number of annual beer and wine themed festivals and events, some of which extend back centuries, some previous posts links at the bottom explain more)

Like I said, and then there are some other less well known but interesting related facts and figures to take into account also. After browsing the source interactive map at and source of the article, one can notice the countries that are at the opposite end of the drinking per capita spectrum. That being the muslim countries of the middle east and elsewhere. I don't think I have to explain further about that if one even occasionally and briefly reads or watches the news, drinking alcohol is forbidden in their religion, Heck, I'd pick a drinking nation culture, country or civilization any day over one that is constantly imploding upon itself because of a failed religious and civilizational system and ideals full of massacres, beheadings, terrorists/extremists, hostage taking, suicide attacks, various national and private armies and then offshoot organizations bombing and fighting neighbours and each other back and forth all over the place for just pieces of rubble or caves in the desert somewhere, so as to proclaim that it is their holy rubble, before of course the other side/sides regroups to attack and bomb the rubble further making more rubble and then takes it back again in the name of whatever, etc and so forth, but then blaming the enemy western infidel EU and Nato nations for their woes and declaring revenge about something. Even destroying ancient Roman buildings and other historic remains from antiquity. Yep, sipping a cold beer in an infidel alcohol drinking nation and civilization sounds pretty good and normal to me.

And then there are other scenarios also, it gets even more interesting when other related factors are considered. That being because I discovered Croatians are simultaneously also near the very bottom of the world list in terms of per capita voilent crimes, robberies, assaults, acid throwing in the face, muggings and especially in the category of...murders. A lower rate than even Canada believe it or not, with Canada having a murder rate almost double to Croatia's rate, which of course everyone knows is mostly just buffalos, moose, caribous, lumberjack contests and chuckwagon races anyway, where everyone walks around in Roots clothing all the time chewing beef jerky (when not hunting for maple syrup or baking maple cookies while whistling k.d lang and Men Without Hats songs of course. Also as shown in this most popular world beers post, and perhaps shocking to some, the most popular and most purchased beer in Canada for years isn't even a Canadian beer but is instead the American beer Budweiser, does that have anything to do with the mentioned rates? perhaps, all the people sitting around in the bars and patios in their lumberjackets, and wearing their Roots hats and clothing singing Rita MacNeil songs while drinking Budweiser certainly is weird though, or perhaps not). And way less than lots of countries, for example Brazil has a murder rate that's over 25 times higher than Croatia and even a lot of other EU countries, and more than 50,000 homicides annually. That's more like an annual Middle East war zone casualties statistic than a country homicide rate. I think it's good to know you can freely drink your beer or wine or whatever in public and that you're in a bottom of the list of violence country, a recipe for good enjoyable times and refreshing cold drinks. Basically, the way I see it being near the very bottom of a world per capita homicides list is actually a good thing and something beneficial to the society and civilization probably.

Gaga bar and lounge is one of the numerous pubs and bars in the city of Split and especially in the summer it is strangely occupied by...drinkers of alcohol based beverages. (It really does seem bizarrely odd and strange and probably absurd to many probably, but it's true)

Another interesting event that started up over the years is the weekend long "Beeranje" craft beer festival that takes place at the former Rijeka Governor's palace and grounds every June, and has even spread to other nearby locations. The event features the first Rijeka craft beer Riječko pivo as well as craft beers from all over Croatia, gathering even craft beers from Austria, Germany and Italy totalling over 60 different craft beers all in one place. Throughout the festival weekend there's also pop and rock concerts, films, cultural and other exhibitions, vintage festivals, foods and a fair, t-shirts are also available. (notice the people drinking and/or having craft beers on the tables or in the vicinity)

Because it's ironic that although Croatia is high near the top of the list for per capita drinking, after browsing the source list of countries by intentional homicide rate, Croatia is at the rate of only about 0.08 per 100,000 (that's amazing, a measly 36 homicides during the whole calendar year in the whole country, there's more murders and violent crimes even in just the city of Toronto than all of Croatia), and which is again in the same less than 1.0 ballpark range as Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Czechia, Denmark, Poland, Iceland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Spain and a few others hanging right around the 1.0 mark. I even came across a few other charts on the web where Croatia was listed even lower at 0.06 and 0.07 per capita. (wouldn't this be a justifiable reason for Croats, even the world over, to selectively commit more homicides so as to equalize world homicide rates across the field more evenly and fairly among the nations? I think they should because it's probably the right and fair thing to do probably). I think a large part of the reason is probably because Croatia is not a Muslim country or even have many Muslim religion people until just very recently, as well as no Mormons or Jehova Witnesses or similar to speak of. Basically, when your per capita murder rate is in the same ballpark as Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden, then that's nothing to complain about or be ashamed of. I could be wrong but I think so anyway, and I'm taking a stand on this issue for the sake of the reader.

Abba seen drinking beers back in the day, which proves some of my mentioned points as per the televangelist-crime pendulum statistics and related statistics. (In this case holiday special dark beers called Julöl, an ale with distinctive aroma of roasted malt and hints of dried fruit)

Now of course for the drinking and homicide rates in some of the countries such as the U.S. and Canada especially, they can of course be categorized further for more accurate statistics and results from the general population, because everyone knows there are numerous ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds which can have vastly different results from one to the other and large differences in both of these categories, (governments actually do keep track of those numbers too for statistical purposes, just something to keep in mind when it comes to these types of lists and rankings). I even came across a number of countries that were the complete opposite, as in way lower than Croatia in the drinking alcohol category, even almost at 0, but also way higher in the homicides category, how's that for interestingly wierd. (It's almost like that infernal televangelist-crime pendelum of irony vortex I've mentioned before, where the more televangelists, their offshoots and related religious subversives, their tours, shows, books and various made up invented nonsensical flat earth stories and commie one-worlder utopianist crap increases, then the more crime and voilence likewise simultaneously increases proportionally and vice versa, literally feeding off of each other yet also strengthening each other like a sickly bizarre pendulum of chaos and dross for your Sunday and weekday entertainment, except in this case the wine, beer and spirits alcohol drinks literally and factually do help to sustain a safer society/culture and save lives, and vice versa, ipso facto). So there you go, it's an easy math and formula to figure out...ample choices of and presence of alcohol drinks and/or drinkers combined with extremely low homicide rates is a win-win situation, statistics simply don't lie.

typical party scene in Rio I came across, but I don't see anyone holding beers or any adult alcohol beverages though, I think this recent world drinking list may partly explain, probably the lack of beers and associated purveyors of beers ambiance is the main reason. (even if just some beers were on the patio tables without people even drinking them it would have saved the day probably)

At the end of the day, then being 4th in the world in terms of per capita drinkers of alcohol is really fantastic and great news actually, and even something to be proud of in a way. (ie; only if low homicide rates are of importantance to the reader). Statistics say put that wine (Croatian; vino) on the shelf, plum brandy (Croatian; rakija/šljivovica) in the cupboard or beer (Croatian; pivo) in the fridge without an ounce of guilt or worry. (just don't drink and drive or play with weaponry afterwards of course)

* I updated by adding an excerpt at the bottom from a previous fact filled Croatian beers post, even if not a drinker of alcohol it's still pretty interesting and good to know.

Croatians Among World’s Biggest Drinkers According To World Health Organization


Croatia has been ranked 4th in the world out of 186 countries for alcohol consumption, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Only Belarus, Lithuania and the Czech Republic are nations that consume more alcohol per- capita than Croatia, the detailed report revealed.

Belarus topped the list with a per-capita rate of 17.3 litres of alcohol consumed annually. Croatia was in 4th place with an average of 12.18 litres of alcohol drunk per person annually.

The popular Tkalčićeva Street in the historic medieval Gornji Grad–Medveščak district of the city of Zagreb is a long line of bars, restaurants, pubs, cafes and...alcohol drinkers. (According to statistics this makes it one of the safest places to be in the world)

The report breaks down the alcohol consumption into categories also with Croatians favouring mostly wine and beer. Out of the 12.18 litres drunk per-capita, 5.89 litres were wine and beer was close behind at 4.7 litres, while 1.2 litres of spirits was consumed per capita.

America’s rate is around 8.7 litres per-capita, just ahead of Canada who consumed 8.2 litres. Australia was ranked 23rd in the world with around 10 litres and the UK in 18th spot with 10.67 litres per-capita annually consumed.

At Basket pub, the oldest pub in the city of Split and strangely usually occupied by drinkers of various alcohol adult beverages. (ie: the beers, wines and liquors discussed earlier)

The report showed that wine was more popular in Western Europe, with the Austrians and Germans the biggest beer consumers. Eastern European led the way when it came to spirit consumption. Croatia was highest in the wine and beer categories, with spirits being consumed more often around the holidays and special occasions.

Check out the detailed report at

As mentioned earlier, when other related factors are also considered, then being near the top of the list of per capita alcohol drinkers in the world actually makes Croatia a more interesting country and also safer. I should also remind that the ranking does not mean Croatia is a nation of alcoholics because nothing could be further from the truth, the amounts are "Annual liters per person". (because I've come across lots of people over the years who drink similar amounts just over a weekend)

And here's an updated chart from a year later where Croatia is 6th in world beer consumption, basically still supporting the previous same trend and facts that Croatia's homicide and violent crimes rates are near the bottom of the world homicides list. Image:

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*Below is an excerpt from a tips for buying Croatian beers post from July, 2016.

A Beer Price Guide to Croatia 2016, What Are The Differences?...

Karlovačko is one of the two best selling beer brands in Croatia, at 5.4% alcohol it is brewed in and named after the city of Karlovac since 1854. *Note - 10 Croatian Kuna will run you about $1.91. (For those not in know, the logo of the beer brand Karlovačko actually is the official city of Karlovac coat of arms dating back to 1781)


We all know that nothing quenches your thirst better on a blistering hot summer day than an ice cold beer. We also know that drinking beer in Croatia is almost as necessary as drinking water. You almost never see a cafe table without a half liter sitting pretty atop it, and you know all the local bars are pumping up taps with your favorites. Since beer is considered the cheapest way to drink in Croatia (and the definite quickest way to get drunk) what does cheap beer mean in Croatia and how do you know when you’re getting ripped off? We’re here to bring you the beer pricing guide to Croatia in hopes that you’ll never order wrongly at a bar or restaurant again.

The cheapest beers you can get: Obviously, whatever is domestic is typically going to be the best bang for your buck. Pan, Karlovačko, and Ožujsko run about 12kn for a 0.3 liter, and about 15kn-20kn for 0.5 liters. Paying upwards of 20kn for any of these is a rip off, and even paying 20kn for these beers is a steep price. Another great thing? You can find domestic beers in 2 liter plastic bottles in supermarkets for around 15kn, so if you’re really trying to budget your drinking, you know where to go.

Croatian craft beers: Croatia is currently going through a craft beer revolution, and with that comes some great new beers, at prices still reasonable for the product. Craft beers such as Barba, Zmajska, Medvedgrad, and Nova Runda name just a few of the bustling bunch of craft beers we have in the country now. You can typically get 0.3 liters of a Croatian craft beer for about 15kn-18kn, and 20kn-24kn for 0.5 liters.

Just a few of the newer Croatian microbrewery and regional craft beers available at pubs, bars, patios and restaurants in Croatia these days. Images: TripAdvisor and

 Osječka Pivovara (Osijek Brewery - in the city of Osijek is actually the oldest Croatian brewery and beer brand, they've been making beer for over 300 years in Croatia and its history officially dates back to 1664, (although it was being brewed for decades even before that), which makes it officially the oldest Croatian beer. It's actually even older than the popular oldest British beer and brewery Shepherd Neame. (see days-of-first-croatian-beer-osijecka post for more)

Other top 6 best selling Croatian beers includes Tomislav, (named after the first officially recorded Croatian King Tomislav from the year 925 of course), it's the second strongest beer in Croatia with a 7.3% alcohol content...

Velebitsko, brewed near Gospić on the Velebit mountains in the Lika region by the Pivovara Ličanka (Ličanka Brewery), has alcohol content of 5.1% and 6.0% for the dark lager...

Vukovarsko beer is named after the eastern town of Vukovar, interestingly it is produced naturally according to the Bavarian Beer Purity Act of 1516 with absolutely no preservatives and is 4.5% alcohol...

...and Pan pivo/Pan beer. (pronounced like "Pawn" or "Pon", short for Panonska Pivovara/Pannonian Brewery established in 1971 in the city of Koprivnica), now part of Carlsberg Croatia this beer was introduced to the Croatian market in 1997 and includes lager, light, and lemon beer. This beer has also been a regular sponsor of the Zagreb Bears hockey team (KHL Medveščak Zagreb) and related sports and entertainment events including the popular annual Špancirfest...

Interestingly, Daruvarska Pivovara (Daruvar Brewery) in the town of Daruvar has been producing beer officially since 1840 and today it brews mainly popular regional beers. It makes Daruvarsko beer but its most well known popular brand is Staročeško beer (Old Czech Beer). It was named after Czech immigrants to the Daruvar town region and has been produced under this name since 1893, it is also the only Croatian beer using a traditional Czech recipe. (The town of Daruvar today is also still the political and cultural centre of the Czech minority in Croatia, see post daruvar-croatia-festival-beer-festival). In addition to light beer, under the same name the Daruvar brewery makes Staročeško red, Staročeško winter, Staročeško 10 (slightly less alcohol) and Staročeško limun (lemon radler). More interesting background information about this less well known Daruvar Brewery and their beers at, but it's in Croatian though.

Among other beer brands is Hajdučko pivo (Hajduk beer), oriented mostly towards fans of the football club in the city of Split, but also available throughout the coastal Dalmatia region. Brewed by Carlsberg Croatia in the city of Koprivnica it is a pale lager with 4.5% alcohol content, Carlsberg made a promotional contract in 2011 whereby 1 Croatian Kuna from every litre sold went to the Hajduk Split football club. (Coincidentally to the previously mentioned beer, HNK Hajduk Split football club was officially founded in 1911 while drinking beers at the U Fleků pub in Prague. (more about that at hajduk-split-plaque-hangs-in-u-fleku-prague)

Also worth mentioning is a few of the beers available from Croatia's 1st microbrewery Pivnica Medvedgrad, based in Zagreb and celebrating it's 20th year. Grička Vještica is the strongest Croatian beer with 7.5% alcohol. (It's especially popular with the historical reenactment actors and crowds because it's similar to what they drank in medieval times)

Bottled beers: If you’re getting a domestic bottled beer, you’ll usually be paying the same price as draft, give or take a few kuna. Imported beers are where you need to watch out, as those can knock you back 25kn and upwards just for a 0.3 liter! At the end of the day, we have so many good beers here it’s usually never worth it to order a Corona (why?) or anything relatively similar.

Where you’re drinking: Another massive factor that will come into play with your beer drinking is where you’re drinking it. Split and Zagreb for instance boast some of the cheapest beer prices for Croatia, and being the one and two largest cities in Croatia, that’s pretty reasonable. If you’re in Old Town Dubrovnik and Hvar Town? Good luck. Since those destinations are known as tourist traps and attractions, they’ll up the prices generously. And by generously we mean starting prices for 0.3 liters are around 20kn. even justified this, naming the average price for a pint in the city of Zagreb is €1.45, in Split €1.84, on the island of Hvar starting at €2.3 (this is not for Hvar town), and Dubrovnik a whopping €3.22.

The very basics of modern-day beers and beer brewing hasn't changed much in many centuries, not since German monks introduced hops as a vitally important main ingredient, codified and recorded their recipes and started brewing beer in their monasteries during medieval times, water was unsanitary many times, equipment was not always hygienically clean and without hops the ales would spoil very quickly (historically "ale" being a type of beer brewed without hops). Interestingly, beer was actually the most consumed beverage already and an important source of nutrition in the medieval world, it was drank by children, nursing mothers, the old and the sick and everyone in between. A pretty cool Croatian site these days devoted to all sorts of beer news topics, articles, new and retro images/posters and the interesting history of beer in Croatia up to today, as well as in Europe and elsewhere around the world is

As an example, Tkalčićeva Ulica/Street near the central upper old town section of Zagreb is a long pedestrians only street that is mostly 18th-19th century buildings and bar after pub after patio and more of the same, a popular place to head out in the summer especially and where lots of different beers are available. It's sort of the rundown ghetto part of the city where crack whores are plentiful and most of the people are just mutant riff-raff types, (even worse than Walmart people), it's quite disgusting and appalling. But I spent a fair amount of time here during my times in Zagreb and I can vouch that local domestic beers were by far the most seen on tables, ordered and drank by customers, same goes in Rijeka, Zadar, Split and other locations I was at.

And lastly rounding out the top 6 list is Ožujsko beer. (named after "Ožujak" which in Croatian is the month of March). Brewed by Zagrebačka Pivovara which was founded in 1892, it's currently the most popular best selling beer brand in Croatia and is a lager beer with 5% alcohol content. Along with Karlovačko pivo they are the most sold beers and can be found pretty well anywhere you go in the country.

All in all, be conscious, be aware, and use this guide so as to not get ripped off. Beer is love and we want you to enjoy it just as badly as you want to enjoy it. Order wisely!

And lastly as supplementary information for the benefit of the reader. Besides being well known as a natural conditioner/shampoo for smoother, shinier highlights and softer hair, remember there are also many other less well known and beneficial uses for beer besides just drinking it. (beer is like magic in a way when you think about it)...

...and although it's not a Croatian beer, here's an updated beer commercial featuring 3-time defending UFC champion Stipe Miocic for the Mexican beer Modelo, but who also has Croatian heritage. Video from Modelo USA.

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