What better way to relax and shake off the stresses off the day than by enjoying a drink and soaking up the ambiance in one of the best bars in Malaga? Whether you’re visiting on holiday or you’re lucky enough to live in the region, Malaga is well-known for its excellent nightlife, and its wide variety of social options are sure to appeal to all tastes: whether you’re looking for a traditional tapas bar, or a modern roof terrace, you’re sure to find it here.
With that in mind, here is our breakdown of the best bars in Malaga. Did your favourite make the list?
Are you a fan of high-quality beer? Then you’ll love La Fabrica! It is a cavernous factory-style bar where several different trademark Andalucian beers are brewed on site. From dark ales to refreshing shandies, no beer aficionado will be left disappointed. The interior of the bar has an industrial feel and live music from DJs and bands often plays on the covered terrace.
Address: 24, 16 Calle Trinidad Grund, Málaga, Andalucía, 29001, Spain
Picasso is well-known as being Malaga’s most famous son, so it stands to reason that Bar Picasso, named after the phenomenal artist, is one of Malaga’s best bars. If you’re looking for a traditional Tapas bar where the welcome is warm and the tapas is inexpensive then Bar Picasso is an ideal choice. What makes this bar stand out from the crowd is a mixture of its location just off the Plaza de la Merced, and its delicious bar snacks, which elevate popping out for a beer into a culinary experience. And if that’s not enough gastronomic delights for you then the Mercedes Gastro Market is located just around the corner.
Address: 20, 19 Plaza de la Merced, Málaga, Andalucía, 29012, Spain
El Pimpi is one of Malaga’s most famous restaurants, but you may not know that, if you don’t wish to commit to a pricey sit-down meal, then you enjoy a drink and some delicious tapas at the tiny bar that is attached to the restaurant instead. Not only is the atmosphere great, the food is excellent, and the location makes it the ideal place to pop in for a quick break during a day of sightseeing in Malaga. The Picasso Museum, the cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba are all just a five minute walk away.
Address: 62 Calle Granada, Málaga, Andalucía, 29015, Spain
Manana Cocktail Bar
Are cocktails your poison? Are you looking for a mean mojito, or a bar tender that can whip up the perfect signature cocktail for you? Then Manana Cocktail Bar is the place to go! Here you’ll find laid back owners that offer a warm welcome, one of the most extensive cocktail menus we’ve ever seen, and tables both inside the bar and out on the street, enabling you to choose the ambience that suits you best. The whole place has an independent, bohemian feel that would be hard to replicate.
Address: 7 Calle San Juan de Letrán, Málaga, Andalucía, 29012, Spain
Los Gatos is conveniently located in the heart of the Old Town, making it the ideal location to stop for drinks and tapas during a long ad hot day of sightseeing. Despite their central location, the team here always remember regulars and greet them warmly, but it’s not just the warm welcome that will keep you coming back for more: the tapas is some of the best in town. We recommend the Basque-style pintxos, which pair perfectly with a cold local beer.
Address: 2 Calle Granados, Málaga, Andalucía, 29008, Spain
Antigua Casa de Guardia
Do you have a passion for history? Or want to get to the heart of ‘real’ Malaga? Then try the Antigua Casa de Guardia: the oldest taverna in Malaga. The tiny bar consists of just a row of wooden benches, but this bar has been serving since it was opened by Jose de Guardia in 1840. Bills are scribbled on the bar in chalk and wine is served directly from barrels, further adding to the old school, no –nonsense feel of the place. As you would expect, the tapas is equally traditional, but the prawns here are exceptional.
Address: 18 Alameda Principal, Málaga, Andalucía, 29005, Spain
Café de Estraperlo
Café de Estraperlo sits at the very heart of life in Malaga’s Soho district. As well as the usual selection of fine Spanish wines and beers, Café de Estaperlo is just as well known for its food. You can enjoy delicious tapas with your drinks at lunchtime or in the evening, alternatively you can arrive in the morning for one of their famous breakfasts, which are incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike. Location is key too as the Old Town and the Port district are both less than a five minute walk away.
Address: 4 Plaza Poeta Alfonso Canales, Málaga, Andalucía, 29001, Spain
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