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Málaga Nightlife

Nightlife in Malaga buzzes after dark all year round. It’s always lively around Plaza del Merced and Plaza Uncibay, where many of the city’s bars are. The streets of Calle Granada, Calle Beata and Calle Álamos are also good spots to head to. There’s also a lively bar scene tucked away on Plaza del Vado del Maestre, just off Calle Calderería in the old town. The rooftop bars of hotels such as the AC Palacio and Molina Lario are perfect for sunset cocktails. During the summer and at weekends, there’s a lively beach nightlife scene in Malaga’s beach neighbourhoods of Malagueta and Pedragalejo.

Visit the tourist office to pick up leaflets showing what’s on, or grab a copy of the daily newspaper Sur (also printed in English) to find out about cultural events in Malaga. Alternatively, check their website (

Bars in Málaga

Bodega Antigua Casa de Guardia

If you want a sense of old Spain, you can't do better than this traditional wine bar which dates back to 1840. Locals and tourists love the atmosphere, where wine is poured direct from the barrel and the no-frills interior is all part of the charm. It's a good place to try local Malaga wines or a glass of seco (dry), which is similar to sherry.

Address: Centre, Alameda Principal 18, Malaga, 29005
Telephone: +34 952 214 680.

El Pimpi

Nestled by the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba fortress, it’s the location of this popular bodega-style bar-restaurant, which is its biggest draw. With a warren of rooms and private dining areas inside, it also offers plenty of outdoor seating including a seafood and cocktail bar, El Pimpi Marinero, a nod to Malaga’s traditional marine heritage, where punters can prop up for a legendary El Pimpi beverage.

Address: Centre, Calle Granada 62 and Calle Alcazabilla, Malaga, 29015
Telephone: +34 952 225 403.

La Terraza de Larios

You'd never know from the plain entrance, but take the lift up to the fifth floor of the Room Mate Larios hotel and you'll find one of Malaga's best terrace bars with views over the cathedral and city skyline. Malaga's bronzed and beautiful chill and chat on the chic lounging sofas and mingle among the fake grass, while the bar serves up delicious cocktails. La Terraza de Larios is open until late and often has a DJ.

Address: Centre, Calle Marqués de Larios, 2, Malaga, 29005
Telephone: +34 952 222 200.

Clubs in Málaga

Bambu Drinks & Music

This upscale, dimly-lit bar with lush interiors is the place to go to for a cocktail or shisha pipe. There's dancing later on, but the genre depends on the DJ of the night. VIP seating is available.

Address: , Calle Santa Lucia 11, Malaga, 29008
Telephone: +34 692 127 146.

Discoteca Anden

Resident DJs, four bars, VIP sections and two dance areas, this popular club on lively Plaza e Uncibay is a popular after-hours spot. With both DJs and live music, it plays everything from Latin to dance tunes and is a draw for local Malaguenos as well as visitors. It's also not a bad place for a decent cocktail either.

Address: Centre, Plaza de Uncibay, 8, Malaga, 29008
Telephone: +34 650 101 388.

Sala Wenge

For fans of house music, Sala Wenge is one of Malaga's top clubs. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 2200 until 0700, it's a popular spot for drinkers and dancers alike. A trendy haunt with a casual ambience, it's renowned for its DJs and more-than-decent drinks menu. It gets particularly busy at weekends when it's advisable to arrive before midnight.

Address: Centre, Calle Santa Lucía, 11, Malaga, 29008
Telephone: +34 670 098 749.

Live music in Málaga

Sala Gold

From Latin nights with dance lessons beforehand to club nights with live music and playing music from the 70s, 80s and 90s, Sala Gold is one of those clubs which caters to a wide variety of people. They’ve even got an Irish Sports Bar where beers, tapas and sport are on the cards. The baroque decor inside also gives the club an extra-special vibe.

Address: Centre, Calle Luis de Velázquez, 5, Malaga, 29008
Telephone: +34 670 098 749.

Taberna Flamenco Amargo

Andalucia is famous for its flamenco but it's not always easy to find authentic places in Malaga to watch the dance itself. This traditional flamenco bar, which steers clear of exorbitant tourist prices, is your best bet thanks to its great atmosphere, authentic musicians and high-quality dancers.

Address: Centre, Calle Ramon Franquelo, Malaga, 29015
Telephone: +34 615 046 747.

ZZ Pub

A fantastic live music haunt, Pub is open from 2230 every night with concerts starting at witching hour through the week. You'll get everything through the doors from soul bands to rock outfits and funk supremos to jazz cats, plus with a 0600 curfew on Fridays and Saturdays, it's one of Malaga's best spots for live music and late night drinks.

Address: Centre, Calle Tejon y Rodriguez 6, Malaga, 29008
Telephone: +34 678 643 450.

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Featured Hotels


Hotel Molina Lario

Opposite the Cathedral, this 4-star hotel has elegant, contemporary rooms - the best have balconies and views of the Cathedral. Amenities include an outdoor garden-terrace serving tapas, a stunning rooftop pool with late night bar and a terrace grill restaurant.

Room Mate Larios

Right on pedestrianised Calle Larios, in the heart of Málaga, this rebranded hotel, part of a chain of hotels around the world, has a light, stylish contemporary feel with spacious rooms, free Wi-Fi and an impressive roof terrace with a late night bar. Breakfast is served until a civilized midday.

Gran Hotel Miramar

Originally opened in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII, and at one time Malaga's law courts, this beautifully-restored hotel is set by the sea in the upmarket area of Caleta. The polished rooms have all the mod-cons; some have a Moorish theme or Mediterranean touches but only 25% have sea views. Amenities include a spa, a gym, a swimming pool and several restaurantsa.

Hotel Alameda

Clean, cheap and central, this hotel occupies the 8th floor of an apartment building and has obliging owners and free Wi-Fi. What it lacks in modernity, it makes up in personality, and all rooms come with private bathrooms. The views over the bullring are nigh on unbeatable too.

Hotel Ilunion Malaga

Minutes from the city centre, and with sweeping vistas out across the Alboran Sea, Hotel Ilunion Malaga makes the most of its boardwalk location with spacious balconies and floor to ceiling windows. It also has a good indoor pool, small gym and spa, and a sauna.

Vincci Selección Posada del Patio

Quite simply one of the finest hotels in Malaga, the Vincci Selección Posada del Patio encompasses the heart of the city with art, fashion and incredible fine dining at its core. The spacious rooms have mod-cons like LCD TVs, air-conditioning and floor to ceiling windows, as well as a rooftop plunge pool, a Mediterranean restaurant and a bar.