Nightlife Malaga: As the sun goes down, the Spanish city of Malaga offers its best, whether you prefer to relax and taste a good wine in a cellar or go wild and dance the night away in one of the many discos. Here is the complete guide to Malaga nights!
The city of Malaga is famous for its beautiful old town and its long beaches. With a warm climate, an excellent gastronomic and cultural offer, this city in the southernmost part of Spain seduces visitors all year round and surprising with something for everyone.
Malaga's nightlife is no exception and offers always very lively evenings , with numerous options for all tastes, including numerous tapas bars, seaside discos, drinking in the university district and romantic strolls through the streets of the historic center. In short, the nightlife of Malaga is always alive and there is always fun! The nightlife in Malaga is more alive than ever and there is fun every day.
If you are looking for a club or some bar where you can have fun until dawn, you will surely find a suitable place for you here in Malaga. The nightlife of Malaga is in fact very lively , thanks to the large number of young people present in the city: this is in fact a university city, which boasts the presence of one of the largest university campuses in Andalusia.
The nightlife of Malaga can be sophisticated and trendy but also down-to-earth and vibrant. In the city center, modern meets classic to shape the capital's main leisure center. The nearby streets are a labyrinth of tapas bars and wineries where visitors can purchase wines, including the typical Malaga sweet wine.
Plus, on the weekend, countless young people flock to the bars and pubs to enjoy Malaga's night scene. Locals don't usually go partying before midnight, and it's common to come home after sunrise. The typical evening begins by attending a botellón (pre-drink at home) or eating tapas, then continues in some trendy bars and then finally ends up in one of the Malaga nightclubs , to dance reggaeton and Spanish pop music. Keep in mind that the bars and pubs of Malaga stay open until 4.00, while the clubs go on well beyond dawn.
The districts of Malaga and the nightlife
Malaga's nightlife and nightclubs are concentrated in different areas of the city.
The historic center of Malaga , especially Plaza de la Merced and Plaza de Uncibay , is mainly frequented by locals. Here, you will find numerous pubs and discos scattered among the small and winding pedestrian streets. People of all ages and from all walks of life come here to party, including students from the University of Malaga and foreign language students looking for nighttime adventures. In Plaza Mitjana you can find a large variety of bars offering cocktails at affordable and discounted prices, especially if you arrive early.
Located south of the Bulls Square, La Malagueta is Malaga's city beach, a modern and trendy area that has become an evening meeting point for young people. There are numerous bars, pubs and clubs, including the most exclusive establishments in Malaga, and, at the same time, there are nice restaurants and bars with typical Andalusian cuisine where you can dine before partying.
The port of Malaga is more suitable for those looking for a quieter evening. In particular, at the Muelle Uno find some clubs and bars where you can enjoy a good cocktail and enjoy the view.
During the summer the fun moves to the sea, in particular in the area of the promenade of El Palo and that of Pedregalejo . Here the nightlife is extremely lively and the choice ranges from restaurants, tapas bars, and many chiringuitos and discos on the beach. The bars and clubs of El Palo and Pedregalejo, near the University of Malaga , are very lively, thanks to the large number of students who attend them. That's not to say local residents stay away - you'll find a good mix of people here, from Malagueños to foreign visitors. And right on the beach, you can enjoy many outdoor bars and clubs with terraces, especially in summer.
Finally, just outside Malaga there are some very popular summer resorts, including Benalmadena and the seaside resort of Torremolinos , which offer a wide choice of clubs and discos for tourists . During the summer, fun is guaranteed: if you are in Benalmadena, head to Plaza Solymar where the center of the nightlife of this town is located, with a series of discos frequented by tourists.
Torremolinos, famous for its beaches, offers a wide range of nightlife entertainment . During the summer season, this town is besieged by young people from all over Europe who come here just to have fun. The center of the nightlife of Torremolinos is the beach of Los Alamos , characterized by a succession of nightclubs with music of all kinds, from Latin American rhythms to evenings with live rock music.
Festivals and events in Malaga
Malaga hosts many events and festivals throughout the year. The Feria de Malaga , which takes place in August and celebrates the historic reconquest of the city by the Catholic kings in 1487, lights up the streets of the city with colors, music, dancing and fun in every corner of the city. The party lasts a full week and features street performers, live performances, rock, flamenco and pop music concerts, and even two bullfights.
Other important events in Malaga include the International Jazz Festival , which takes place in November, and the Film Festival during the first days of March.
Clubs and discos in Malaga
(Calle Luis de Velázquez, 5, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 22.00 to 6.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 7.00.
Located in the city center, Sala Gold is one of the largest and most famous clubs in Malaga and offers music for all tastes: from salsa, bachata or merengue to electronic music, including Spanish and English pop and pop. The disco is frequented by a good number of foreigners, including tourists and Erasmus students. With its ultra-cool vibe and jaw-dropping baroque decor, loud music and frenzied dancing, this club is definitely the place to have a night of partying and dancing in Malaga. Dress well because the selection at the entrance is quite strict.
(Plaza de Uncibay, 8, Malaga) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11.30pm to 7.30am.
Open since 1988, the Andén Discotheque is one of the most popular clubs in Malaga . With place has two lounges, four bars and thirteen screens, the nightclub hosts several resident and guest DJs, and is a popular spot with younger people and is particularly busy on weekends. On some evenings the disco has free admission.
(Calle Beatas 21, Malaga) Open Friday and Saturday from 0.00 to 6.00.
Located in a renovated nineteenth-century building on two floors, Liceo is one of the most beautiful nightclubs in Malaga and a real reference point for its nightlife . The club is frequented by a usually young crowd and the music ranges from commercial electronic to Spanish pop-rock music, dance, R&B, funky and above all house. Along its two floors you will find five bars, four large rooms with dance floors and areas for drinking and socializing. The club offers an incredible variety of nights, from themed nights and fashion shows, to musical performances and flamenco shows at 8.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Admission to the flamenco show costs 15 euros, including drinks, while admission to the disco is free before midnight.
(Calle Tejón y Rodríguez, 6, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 22.30 to 5.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 6.00.
This is one of the most popular disco bars in Malaga , mainly thanks to the excellent programming of live rock and metal music concerts. When the bar doesn't feature live entertainment, DJ music - ranging from rock and funk to Latin and soul - the vibe always remains electric. This is a great place to dance, party, flirt, and yell at the music. A place not to be missed if you want to experience the real nightlife of Malaga .
(Calle Molina Lario, 2, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 22.00 to 6.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 7.00.
This small club draws inspiration from an old theater: tall Baroque cornices, huge glittering chandeliers, and burlesque-themed live performances with a theatrical theme. In addition to party nights, the place hosts theatrical performances, jazz sessions, flamenco shows, dances and film screenings. One of the reference nightclubs for nightlife in Malaga .
(Calle Sta. Lucía, 11, Malaga) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 22.00 to 3.00.
Located a stone's throw from the Picasso Museum , Bambù is a trendy disco bar where you can dance and spend the night smoking a hookah and listening to the music of the DJ.
(Pje. Mitjana, 1, Malaga) Open Thursdays from 22.00 to 3.00, Friday and Saturday from 22.00 to 4.00.
Malafama is a bar located in the historic center of Malaga very popular with local young people. With four bar counters, a busy dance floor and a very trendy clientele and free shots, this bar is a great place to spend your night in Malaga.
(Calle Convalecientes, 11, Malaga) Open Thursday to Saturday from 11.00 to 4.00.
Located in the heart of the city and featuring a full wooden interior design, the Velvet is one of the best and most famous nightclubs in Malaga. This club is also a concert hall with performances by national artists and dance performances.
(Calle José Denis Belgrano, 19, Malaga) Nightclub with r'n'b and hip-hop music located in the center of Malaga. Always very well attended by local young people, tourists and beautiful girls.
(Av. Palma de Mallorca, Malaga) One of the most popular electronic music clubs in Malaga. Cocoa Music often hosts concerts with Spanish and international artists and DJs.
Eventual Music Room
(Calle Cuernavaca, 23, Malaga) Open Sunday to Friday from 6.00pm to 0.30am, Saturdays from 5.00pm to 0.30am.
Malaga nightclub that organizes evenings with themed parties and concerts. Check out the schedule on their page.
(Calle Sta. Lucía, 11, Malaga) Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10pm to 7am.
Frequented by attractive people, with electronic music and r'n'b mixed with other styles, Sala Wenge is one of the trendiest clubs in Malaga . The club caters to a very diverse crowd and is characterized by an informal atmosphere and neon lights.
Tennessee Live Club
(Calle José Denis Belgrano, 3, Malaga) Open Sunday through Thursday from 22.00 to 7.00, Friday and Saturday from 16.00 to 7.00.
One of the most popular clubs for live music fans in Malaga. There are several live performances here every weekend, with a wide range of musical styles encompassing everything from rock, pop, jazz, blues, swing and more. To top off the experience, there is always a fun and friendly crowd.
Bubbles Lounge Club
(Calle Mártires, 14, Malaga) Open daily from 4pm to 7am.
A trendy disco bar in the heart of Malaga that organizes evenings with live music and parties with r'n'b music, salsa, Spanish music and international music. Every Wednesday night there is Latin American music.
(Pisoa12 Dársena de Levante, Puerto Marina, Benalmádena, Malaga) Located in the Puerto Marina resort of Benalmadena, Sala Opium is a club decorated in an oriental style and with an exotic atmosphere. Upon entering, you will be greeted by soft lighting and plush sofas, filled with comfortable cushions. Enjoy the belly dance show before rocking the dance floor until the early morning light!
BOA VIP Club
(Calle los Almendros, 1, Malaga) Open Friday and Saturday from 00.30 to 7.00.
A few meters from the beach, the BOA Club is one of the busiest nightclubs in Benalmadena . With over 1200 square meters of space, this is one of the largest nightclubs on the Costa del Sol. It has 2 rooms with different musical styles, 3 VIP areas and private parking.
(Av. Palma de Mallorca, Torremolinos, Malaga) Open Friday and Saturday from 00.30 to 7.00.
Located in Torremolinos, Octan is a large nightclub and multipurpose space that hosts evenings with commercial music, reggaeton, rap, electronic music, concerts and many other events.
The bars and pubs of Malaga
Bodega El Pimpi
(Calle Granada, 62, Malaga) Open every day from 12.00 to 2.00.
This is certainly not the cheapest bar in town, but you can say you've been to Malaga if you haven't paid a visit to El Pimpi . This labyrinthine bar is like an institution in Malaga . Inside, you will find several rooms, a courtyard and a terrace overlooking the Roman amphitheater. The walls are decorated with antique posters, photos of famous guests like Antonio Banderas and Tony Blair, and old wine barrels stacked to the ceiling, each with a celebrity's autograph scribbled on the front. El Pimpi serves excellent wines straight from the barrel and tasty tapas: this bar is one of the most emblematic places to experience traditional Malaga cuisine. It is the typical pub to visit before going to party in the city center, and it specializes in the sweet wine of Malaga. In addition, there are flamenco shows every Thursday evening. Not to be missed.
(Calle Molina Lario, 2, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 3.00 pm to 2.00 am, Friday and Saturday from 3.00 pm to 3.00 am.
Pub located in the center of Malaga with a décor inspired by the world of cinema: Oscar-style red carpet, chairs with the names of famous directors, stools with the faces of famous actors and actresses: every film fan will be delighted. With a great selection of beers and cocktails, the bar is ideal if you are looking for a fun place to have a drink. There are also board games available to play with friends.
(Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, 16, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 9.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 to 2.00.
Located on the riverside a short distance from the center of Malaga, the Recyclo Bike was once a bike rental shop that has been converted into a bistro bar. Here you can eat small and simple typical dishes, or simply have a beer or drink with friends. Often the bar hosts some interesting events.
(Calle Marqués de Larios, 2, Malaga) Terraza de Larios is located on the fifth floor of the Mate Larios hotel and boasts one of the most dazzling views over the city. Visitors can sit on the terrace and indulge in a refreshing cocktail, enjoying the breathtaking views of the cathedral and Malaga skyline. The elegant bar with its minimalist décor offers a relaxing atmosphere ideal for a quiet evening or to start the evening. Open late into the night, the bar features a DJ, emphasizing the laid-back vibe with soothing vibes. The drinks are slightly more expensive but the atmosphere justifies the extra euros.
(7, Plaza de las Flores, Malaga) Open Monday to Thursday from 19.00 to 2.00, Friday from 19.00 to 3.00, Saturdays from 17.00 to 3.00, Sunday from 17.00 to 2.00.
A slice of the Caribbean in the heart of Malaga! Chiquita Cruz is a popular Cuban-style bar that offers delicious Caribbean cocktails, salsa and bachata music, a beautiful outdoor terrace and much more. They also host regular Latin dance classes, so you can brush up on your moves before rocking out on the dance floor! For a complete experience of the nightlife of Malaga, you cannot miss this colorful and vibrant place.
Café Con Libros
(Plaza de la Merced, 19, Malaga) Open every day from 9.00 to 2.00.
Located in the square where Picasso's house is located, Cafè con Libros is probably the most bohemian bar in the area. Furnished with books, misaligned chairs and a psychedelic painting by Jimi Hendrix, the place is more suited to delighting you with excellent crepes and coffee, rather than mugs of beer. Not suitable for a wild party, Café Con Libros is suitable for a quiet evening. This café is also open during the day and offers tables to sit with friends, tasty snacks from the kitchen and some comfortable armchairs to sink into and read a book. The bar continuously hosts live music, lectures and exhibitions of various kinds.
Speakeasy The Pharmacy
(Calle García Briz, 3, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 19.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 3.00.
This intimate and hidden bar offers an extensive cocktail menu curated by an award-winning bartender and has helped Malaga make a name for itself in the Spanish cocktail scene. Sip your delicious blend while listening to the sounds of jazz music in a relaxed atmosphere. It is the perfect place to start the evening or escape from the pounding rhythms of the discos.
(Plaza Merced 19-20, Malaga) Open every day from 9.00 to 2.00.
There are many bars named after Picasso around the world, but only one is in the real square where he was born. After decades of semi-abandonment, Malaga's revamped Plaza de la Merced has been reborn as the hub of the city's nightlife. This bar is a good place to start the evening with a good drink.
La Madriguera Craft Beer
(Calle Carretería, 73, Malaga) Open Monday to Thursday from 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 3.00.
Malaga craft brewery offering a dozen ever-changing craft beers and an equal number of snacks to match. Try to beat the record for the most consecutive pints drunk!
(Calle Carretería, 92, Malaga) Open from Sunday to Thursday from 12.30 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.30 to 3.00.
You'll have to work your way through the fray to be served at La Tranca , an old-fashioned bar famous for its food and drink, hipster vibe, old vinyl covers hanging on the walls, and Spanish music that keeps playing in the background. The ideal place to have fun with friends over a glass of beer.
Los Patios de Beatas
(Calle Beatas, 43, Malaga) Two 18th century mansions have been transformed into this sumptuous space where you can taste fine wines from a selection renowned for being the largest in the city. Stained glass windows and beautiful resin tables with mosaics and shells help create an artistic atmosphere. You can also try tapas and whole dishes.
Cerveceria Los Gatos
(Plaza de Uncibay, 9, Malaga) Open every day from 11.00 to 24.00.
Having earned a reputation for high quality food and service, Los Gatos is now one of the most popular tapas bars in Malaga . The dishes are based on traditional Spanish cuisine, although they are often finished with an original touch. Los Gatos is open all day, but the best time is early in the evening.
Alcazaba Premium Hostel - Rooftop Terrace
(Calle Alcazabilla, 12, Malaga) Open every day from 16.00 to 2.00.
Located on the top floor of the Alcazaba hostel, this terrace is a sophisticated rooftop bar offering stunning views and great music. One of the trendiest places to spend lazy afternoons, sundowners and a pre-club drink. There are various bar stools and low seating, and a vibrant atmosphere for most nights of the week. It is the view that really amazes, though: the terrace opens onto the surrounding rooftops, the Roman Theater below and the illuminated Alcazaba fortress on top of the opposite hill.
(5, Calle Méndez Núñez, Malaga) Open Sunday to Thursday from 13.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 3.00.
Morrissey's Pub is an Irish themed sports bar that entertains guests with its international music and great atmosphere. There are also many TV screens installed to help sports fanatics enjoy big sporting events in company with a good pint.
Cortijo de Pepe
(Plaza de la Merced, 2, Malaga) Open every day from 12.30 to 1.00.
Open since 1971, this bar continues to please its customers with delicious tapas and overflowing beers. The bar has a classic interior, which exudes old-world charm. The kitchen serves traditional dishes prepared with local ingredients.