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 (www.surinenglish.com).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.