A guide to nightlife in Las Palmas

As Gran Canaria’s capital city, Las Palmas stays true to its Spanish roots with a lively nightlife scene featuring rooftop bars, big-time clubs and local watering holes. Here, we give you the scoop on the best places to go come sundown on your Gran Canaria holiday.

Sweeping vistas at La Azotea de Benito Cocktail Bar

This rooftop bar is ranked not only as one of the best bars in Gran Canaria, but in the world. That’s all due to the views, which sweep across Las Palmas and its villa-topped hills. The bar itself is a classy affair with plush couches and parasols, not to mention a full array of cocktails on offer.

Trendy nights at TAO Club & Garden

This glitzy nightspot takes advantage of Gran Canaria’s gorgeous weather with outdoor dancefloors strung with lights. There’s a bar for cocktails and chill-out areas for lounging, which means dancing isn’t required. The dress code here is smart, so make sure you arrive ready to impress.

Blues tunes at La Guarida Del Blues

Blues fans have met their match at this dimly-lit club with its live blues performances throughout the week. It’s a casual bar, so don’t expect glitz and glam, but rather a nitty gritty night with local musicians. Word to the wise – the mojitos here are a huge crowd-pleaser.

Nostalgic pop at Hoock

This little bar is heavy on the neon lighting sparsely peppered with tables and chairs both inside and out on the terrace. It’s known for playing hits from the 80s and 90s, so the atmosphere is always lively, made even more so by the huge array of cocktails and spirits on offer.

Hip cocktails at Ginger

Ginger is a classy little place made for cocktail connoisseurs, as the bartenders here know their stuff. That said – the prices are astonishingly low for the quality of the drinks. There are cigars on offer here too, plus a terrace facing the beach, while the interior is chic with tassled lamps and dark wood panelling.

Elegant and energetic at Chester Lounge & Bar

The Chester Lounge & Bar takes things up a notch as far as nights out are concerned – just look at the bartenders, clad in braces and pageboy caps. If you want artisan cocktails and expensive champagne, this place has your name on it. There’s a dancefloor here too, though the place gets particularly crowded late in the evening.

Artisan cocktails at Dissareli Club

This swanky bar has just the right amount of relaxation with chilled out music and cosy couches that make a great backdrop for a romantic evening. For that reason, it’s not a club in the traditional sense, but more a place for grown-ups to unwind. The cocktails here are expertly made, served with lashings of fresh ingredients. There’s shisha available, too.

Bubblegum pop at Sotavento Club

This waterfront club is open-air, making it the perfect dancing spot on a warm Spanish night. The music here is mostly contemporary pop and the drinks come second to the atmosphere, so Sotavento tends to attract a slightly younger crowd.

Peace meets upbeat at El Tendedero de Catalina

El Tendedero de Catalina is a tiny rooftop spot that gets lively at night with DJ sets and creative bartenders. On offer here are views out over the Santa Catalina Park and an atmosphere that tends to stay chilled but with an energetic edge. As for drinks, you can expect an array of cocktails and bottled beers.

Getting local at Bar Da Vinci

This little corner spot is a local watering hole, visited time and time again for its cosy vibes. It’s also the place to go if you want to live like the locals on your holiday to Las Palmas. On offer here are pitchers of sangria and colourful cocktails, not to mention a nice-sized selection of local craft beers on tap.