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Valletta Nightlife

Not so many years ago, the centre of Valletta fell very quiet when office workers and shopkeepers left for the evening. It is a different story today. New pubs and fashionable bars stay open to welcome visitors. The area around Strait Street (which was once a red-light district full of sailors' bars) is the liveliest.

Just below the city walls, the Valletta Waterfront is also home to a number of restaurants and bars. There are large outdoor seating areas face onto the harbour.

If you want excellent clubbing, head to Paceville in St Julian's (about 8km north of Valletta). This party destination is the mecca of Malta's clubland so expect a high concentration of nightclubs, stripclubs, bars and restaurants.

Bars in Valletta

Bridge Bar

A good selection of beers and wines keep this place popular. From May to October, there are also live jazz sessions on the steps of St Ursola Street keeping the atmosphere magical.

Address: , 258, Saint Ursula Street, Valletta,
Telephone:

The Pub

A cosy British pub popularized as actor Oliver Reed’s last watering hole (his unpaid bill is framed on the wall). No-frills and intimate, this is a great place to start or end a night.

Address: , Archbishop Street, Valletta,
Telephone: 356 7905 2522

Trabuxu Wine Bar

If you love wine, especially love pairing wine with cheese, then check out this wine bar nestled in a 400 year-old stone vaulted cellar.

Address: , 2 Strait Street, Valletta,
Telephone:

Clubs in Valletta

Havana

About 8km north of Valletta, Paceville in St Julian is Malta's clubland. Havana is a popular club attracting young RnB and Hip Hop crowds. On weekends, there is a separate section playing Flashback (the best of 70s, 80s and 90s) for older clientele.  

Address: Paceville, St George's Road, St Julian's,
Telephone: 356 2137 4500

Q Bar

On the Valletta Waterfront, Q Bar is the best after-hours venue serving up Asian-fusion food, top DJs and live bands. This sophisticated watering hole offers great views, exclusive VIP seats, a club and attracts a well-dressed crowd.

Address: , Vault 1, Valletta Waterfront, Valletta,
Telephone: 7938 9544.
Website: http://www.qbarmalta.com

Sky Club

 If you want a fantastic night out, the massive Sky Club is ready to deliver. Apart from featuring local and internatinal DJs playing house and techno, the club also hosts live concerts.  

Address: Paceville, Triq Dragunara, St Julian's,
Telephone:

Live music in Valletta

Maestro e Fresco

Just a few doors away from the Trabuxu bar is Maestro e Fresco, a bohemian-style wine bar which hosts live music most nights.
Address: , 8-9 South Street, Valletta,
Telephone: 2122 0357.

Sasha's Bar & Bistro

Sasha's Bar & Bistro is run by one of Malta's top musicians and offers a variety of live music most nights, from classical and jazz to pop and folk.
Address: , 37n South Street, Valletta,
Telephone: 2124 1396.

Classical music in Valletta

St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity

Valletta's other cultural space, the St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, is by contrast relentlessly modern, albeit housed in the superbly renovated carcass of a 16th-century fortification built into the city walls. It promotes contemporary performing and visual arts with an emphasis on Maltese artists, though world cinema and classical theatre and music performances are regular events.

Address: , Castille Place, Valletta,
Telephone: 2122 3200.
Website: http://www.sjcav.org

Dance in Valletta

Theatres in Valletta

Teatru Manoel

Valletta's cultural highlight is the Manoel Theatre, which has been staging performances, on and off, since 1732. Retaining its glittering original glory, this little baroque gem is one of Europe's oldest theatres and is well worth a visit by night or day (open for guided tours, museum, caféé and restaurant). It has a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing all the classical performing arts and also stages occasional poetry, jazz, even rock and folk music concerts. Seat prices can be very cheap and each Wednesday a free lunchtime concert is given in one of its side rooms.

Address: , Old Theatre Street, Valletta,
Telephone: 2122 2618.
Website: http://www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

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Castille Hotel

Originally built as a home for the influential De Robertis family at the turn of the 16th century, Captain Giacomo De Robertis, a Bolognese, then passed the building on to the Testaferrata family and later to the Marquis Cassar Desain. The building is now a hotel with a sitting room, reading lounges on all floors and a coffee shop which formerly housed the stables. There are also two restaurants, serving local and global cuisine.

Maison La Vallette

This eccentrically-designed self catering luxury town house is situated in the old part of Valletta and dates back to the Knights of Malta. The house offers a large, air-conditioned bedroom with ensuite facilities, living room and separate kitchen. The decor is a mix of Maltese-style baroque and bespoke designer furniture. This is not your standard accommodation but it's memorable and suitably romantic.

Marco Polo Hostel

Bright, colourful and hipster-cool, this hostel in the heart of St Julian also offers bike hire, free Wi-Fi, and the views from its roof top terraces are glorious.

Hilton Malta

A huge palm-filled atrium, a grand piano in the lounge, a platoon of flunkies, a choice of five excellent restaurants, three bars and 410 bedrooms with every comfort known to man - Brad Pitt liked it so much he offered to buy it, just so that he could extend the bar hours. Located in the prestigious Portomaso waterfront in buzzing st Julian's, this is the place to stay if you want to be close to the heart of the action.

Hotel Juliani

Hotel Juliani is Malta's first boutique hotel, featuring lots of designer style and an excellent restaurant on the premises. The former seafront townhouse offers 44 rooms offering contemporary Med decor. It's also conveniently located for the nightlife and restaurants of St Julian's, on pretty (albeit very busy) Spinola Bay.

Phoenicia Hotel Malta

Built in the 1920s, this hotel is the oldest on the island but it's been carefully restored to retain its classical character. This former palazzo is near the Triton Fountain and features 5-star luxury rooms, beautiful public areas, 3 hectares (7 acres) of manicured grounds and top-class restaurants.