Owning a property in Nueva Andalucia or another location on the Costa del Sol means easy access to the bright lights of Málaga city. Once you have done all the sightseeing your feet can manage, it’s time to take the weight off. It’s all very well walking around the centre of Málaga (it is so walkable, after all) but by the time that evening rolls around you will want somewhere to send a little downtime. A day shopping, wandering around the galleries, or just soaking up the atmosphere of this vibrant city requires a few glasses of wine and relaxation. Before or after dinner, choose one of these best evening venues in Málaga, in which to do just that.

Antigua Casa de Guardia

Where is it? On the corner of Alameda Principal, No 18.

What’s the vibe? Historical, relaxed, interesting.

The oldest bar in Malaga is definitely worth seeing if only to pore over the photos on the walls, of past visitors. Famous faces and celebrities, including royalty, are all there to see. See if you can spot a young Picasso. The sherry is a must-try, with barrels lined up against the wall. Just choose and point, and a short glass will be filled to the brim, and the price chalked up on the wooden bar top counter. There’s a fridge full of fresh seafood if you fancy a bite to eat, although most local people just come in here to chat and have a pre-dinner drink.

Bodega Bar El Pimpi

Where is it? Calle Granada 62, Jardines Alcazabilla.

What’s the vibe? Busy, vibrant, crowded.

An old Malaga mansion house is home to Bar El Pimpi, a bodega bar and restaurant. It’s also one of the city centre’s most used meeting places and makes a fine pit stop for the start of a night out. Visit on one of the special flamenco fusion nights, go for lunch, or just sit at the bar – if you can find a space – and soak up the busy atmosphere as well as a glass or two of Málaga wine. Choose from the main menu, the cocktail menu, or the seasonal set menu for light bites and hearty dinners. Their Christmas set menu is delicious!

El Cantor de Jazz

Where is it? Calle Lazcano, 7.

What’s the vibe? Cool, Jazz, American style.

Jazz up your stay in Malaga with a night full of the smooth sounds of jazz. It’s generally full of students, tourists, professionals, and couples all enjoying a night out with decent cocktails and good music. It’s pretty laid back, and the prices are more than reasonable.


Sala Opium

Where is it? Calle Santa Lucia, No 12.

Opium, Calle Santa Lucia 12, Málaga, Spain, Telephone: +34 670 09 87 49

What’s the vibe? Cool, Moroccan, relaxing.

Overstuffed sofas and Moroccan cushions to lean right back on, dimmed lights, and cool music. Sala Opium is the place for a quiet, relaxing night out, in good company. Be entranced by the belly dancers, the livelier themed nights that regularly run, and the laid-back atmosphere. Try the shisha pipes with their different fruity flavours.

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