A few years ago Split wine bars didn’t even exist as in Croatia people drink mostly beer. Fortunately the wine bar culture is getting more popular, thanks to the first wine bar in Split, Paradox Wine and Cheese bar, opened a couple of years ago.
Dalmatia has a very good selection of wine and very long history but until few years ago, the best wines were the privilege of some exclusive Split restaurants.
The things have changes since Split turned from a transit city to a leading Croatia’s tourist champion. With these changes, city wine scene modified, too.
As a positive consequence, new restaurants and bars have began to sprout around the old town and in other parts of the city, with excellent and selected wine list.
Top Split Wine Bars
According to the trusted TripAdvisor.com, bars that have received the most positive ratings are Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox and Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar.
Zinfandel Food & Wine Bar
The core of this wine bar is a good choice of wines by glass and its central location.
Located in a small backstreet within the old Palace’s walls, just a minute walk from the Riva seaside promenade, wine bar Zinfandel is nicely decorated.
Entering you will see is a long wooden bar with few hanging prosciutto. There is also a visible blackboard with daily menus.
The wine list offers a selections of more than 100 wines from Croatia and around the world. This bar is named after the wine, and not just any wine, but it has been proved that the grape variety Zinfandel have been the genetic cousins of the Plavac Mali variety.
You can order wine by bottles or by glass. Prices are quite reasonable for the quality.
Besides the rich wine selection, this wine bar offers also a innovative food menu, particularly platters for two named ‘orange’ and ‘little bit of everything’.
The platters consist of green olives, tuna pate, prosciutto, sausages, Pag cheese, salted anchovies, pepper cheese and and other delicacies. Try it!
Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox
This is my favorite Split wine bar that offers a large number of excellent cheeses, mostly from small Dalmatian producers and 70 types of wine.
Paradox is located right behind the National theater in Split, opened in 2012. The bar size is only forty square meters with a pleasant terrace.
What I like about Paradox is a food simplicity, focusing on wine and cheese. More than 15 cheese types to enjoy like like of Zeleni bodul, Crni bodul, Gligora cheese from Pag, Krasnarski cheese, goat cheese.
The served cheese by hardness as soft, medium hard and hard cheeses types and wine list is divided into light, medium strong and strong wine.
Portions of cheese cost 25-49 KUna depending on the type of cheese, while wine is served by glasses ranging from 15 to reach 120 Kuna. With each cheese portion they will serve you a little jam and nuts.
The wines originate from the well-known wineries of Tomic, Dubokovic, Didic, Roncevic, Tomac, Korta Katrarina and many others.
Wine and cheese tasting
The cheese plate I prefer is a cheese trilogy. It consists of three types of cheese, from famous Pag island cheese (sheep cheese) and two aged cow’s cheese.
The plate is served with dried fruits and perfectly matching small jam (homemade) portions of strawberry, fig or apple quince. For all this you’ll pay about 80 Kuna. (12 $ or 11 €).
Everything has to be accompanied with a glass of red wine, ranging from 20 Kuna up to 70 Kuna.
If you happen to be in Split and want something nice to snack with a high quality wine, you will find Paradox to be just the perfect place.
For more Split wine bars you can also visit Croatia Split website!