For a city that can count revered names such as Pablo Picasso among its alumni, it goes without saying that Malaga can put on quite the party.
This jewel of the Costa del Sol is much different from the usual tourist towns in this corner of Spain. It is a cultural hotspot with incredible architecture, intriguing art galleries and museums, welcoming locals and, naturally, an exciting nightlife. While the streets are busy when the sun goes down, Malaga offers a much more laid back evening compared to the likes of Madrid and Barcelona.
The question rolling off your tongue, however, is which are the best bars to go to are? Well, we’ve got the lowdown on the very best the city has to offer, right here.
Bodega Bar El Pimpi
Calle Granada, 62
If you’ve ever pondered the question “I wonder where Pablo Picasso would go for a drink?” you probably conjured a bar not too dissimilar to Bodega Bar El Pimpi. El Pimpi is a Malaga institution frequented by movie stars, artists and even politicians (Tony Blair is known to have frequented it in years gone by).
The interior is like a tour of Malaga’s heritage with historic images adorning the walls and wooden barrels signed by famous patrons. Take a seat in the outside terrace of this hideaway bar and admire the views of the Alcazaba. Order a traditional muscatel wine and a plate of Iberian ham and immerse yourself in a city which proved to be Picasso’s inspiration.
Calle Muro de San Julián, 1
Photo credit: El Muro
Are you looking to drink in one of the coolest bars in the city? Then let us take you to El Muro. Malaga’s hipster side is encapsulated in this small artisan bar. Frequented by Malaga’s younger clientele it is always alive with the sound of indie music and you can pick from no less than 15 local and craft beers.
Seating is at a premium inside so the party tends to spill out onto the streets as the Aperol Spritz and craft beer flows long into the warm evening.
El Rincón del Cervecero
Calle Casas de Campos, 5b
As with most other corners of the globe, Malaga has truly embraced the craft beer revolution and if you want to sample some of the best then El Rincón del Cervecero is the place to be. Choose from the over 185 beers and, if you’re really lucky, there might be a couple of homebrews ready for your tastings.
El Rincón del Cervecero is much more than a bar as it holds regular beer-making workshops and you can even purchase a few bottles to take home with you.
Calle Tejón y Rodríguez, 6
Photo credit: ZZ PUB Facebook.
While El Muro may be somewhat of a hipster’s choice in Malaga, leave all pretences at the door as you enter ZZ PUB. Another of the city’s beloved watering holes it has been showcasing the best bands from around the region and further afield for over 20 years.
Originally launched by founders Lorenzo and Frank in Torremolinos in 1991, it has made its way to Malaga offering cheap drinks, welcoming atmosphere and live music throughout the week. From funk, soul and blues to techno and good old fashioned rock and roll – this is a must visit bar.
Calle Moline Lario, 5
Transport yourself back to the roaring 1920s with a cocktail in Puerta Oscura. This opulent venue is adorned with chandeliers and private alcoves making you think you’ve stepped into a bygone era tiaras and the aroma of cigar smoke hanging in the air.
Listen to the dulcet tones of piano keys playing blissfully in the background as you order another glass of champagne from the bar. This is the unique charm that Puerta Oscura conveys to all its guests. It also a must for fans of classical music with live recitals held here on a regular basis.
Antigua Casa de Guardia
Alameda Principal, 18
Wine lovers brace yourself, as this place is absolute Heaven. Antigua Casa de Guardia is Malaga’s go-to venue for a drop of delicious plonk. It has been a part of the city since D. Jose De Guardia opened its doors in 1840 sharing his incredible cellar with the good people of Malaga.
The city’s oldest bar embraces it’s surrounding with vinos hailing from the local region and, let’s be honest, it would be a crime if you didn’t a couple of glasses. The best part, I hear you ask? For divine wine, it is incredibly cheap!
Avda de los Guindos, 29
After a few glasses of the local tipple you will be in the mood for dancing and where can you get your groove on best? Vista Andalucia. This is Malaga’s most famous flamenco venues where you will be entertained by amazing live shows and also be given the chance to try out this famous Spanish dance for yourself.
Frequented by locals and holidaymakers alike, stepping into this bar will give you real taste of life in Andalucia.
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