A guide to nightlife in Alghero

When in Alghero you can experience cocktail-sipping and bar-hopping at its finest. Many of the drinking establishments are situated along the Lido San Giovanni beachfront, a gorgeous sandy beach backed by palm trees, as well as in and around the historic central Piazza Civica. On holidays in Sardinia most of the bars will stay open until around 1am to 2am during the summer months. If you’re after something a bit livelier, head to the discos on the outskirts of the city instead.

Wine and food at Al Refettorio

The outside space here consists of tables set under an ancient alleyway, making this venue an attractive option. Take a seat for some Sardinian wines and aperitifs, accompanied by tasty snacks. If you’ve built up a real appetite, you can also dine here.

After dinner cocktails at L'arca Music Bar

L’arca is an all-round bar and entertainment venue, hosting live house musicians on the weekends. Located on the seafront, it offers a great outdoor space that’s ideal for enjoying the sunset with a margarita or Italian bellini in hand.

Dance late into the night at El Tro

Situated on a rocky outcrop just beyond the old town area of Alghero called Lungomare Valencia, you’ll find this popular beach bar. During the day and evening it’s a pizzeria and restaurant, yet it transforms itself into a bustling music bar at night. It’s open until 4am and is popular with younger crowds who enjoy dancing to the sounds of the DJs.

Relax on the beach promenade at Maracaibo Cocktail Bar

Set slightly back from the beachfront, this is a popular little bar that’s open all day until late. Salsa and hip-hop music blasts out of the speakers, while they also host themed nights. There’s generally a nice party vibe here, the likes of which is sure to bring on that holiday feeling.

Family-friendly at Bar Gilbert

Bar Gilbert is a relaxed and charming venue on the seafront and is a great choice for all the family. Cocktails are the order of the day here, but you’ll find all the usual cheap Sardinia holiday tipples too, which you can order with light snacks such as bruschetta, pizza and sandwiches.

A bit of glamour at Santacroce Lounge Cafe

Located in Santa Croce Piazza, Santacroce is a wonderful venue that fills up at night with crowds stumbling onto the ancient piazza. This bar really does seem to have it all, with elegant outdoor seating and live music in a historical setting.

Get your dancing shoes on at Red Passion

For a lively night head to Red Passion. This hotspot is located near the historical centre and offers regular live music, as well as DJs playing everything from pop to reggae late into the night. Drop in to find out about their themed nights, which make this place popular with a younger crowd.

Make a night of it at Midnight Breeze

One visit to this slick cocktail and wine bar and you’ll be hooked. Enjoy the party atmosphere with a freshly made Mediterranean cocktail in your hand, or time it so you’re there for one of their themed nights – they enjoy a costume party here. Situated in the old town, the outdoor space is great for people watching.

Sing your heart out at Purple Glam Bar

If you enjoy a good sing-along, this karaoke and piano bar is the place to head. Located on Piazza Ginnasio, it has a friendly atmosphere and serves up all the usual tipples. The venue is infused with a purple light and offers a touch of glamour in ancient surrounds.

Everyone's heard of Cafe Costantino

Every place in the world has a venue that’s particularly well talked about, and for Alghero this seems to be it. Located in Piazza Civica, the interior is traditional with vintage furniture and wood panelled walls, while the mandatory outdoor space is canopied and makes the ideal spot for people-watching.