Nightlife in Malta

Malta has a wide range of nightlife options on offer and, as the island is small, it’s easy to get around. There are sleek cocktail lounges and beachside nightclubs where you can dance to the latest tunes or chill-out with a cocktail in hand.

Or relax in English-style pubs, listening to live music, sampling tasty craft beers or keeping up with the latest sports. Take a look at our top recommendations for inspiration.

Open-air pool and fantastic sea views at Cafe del Mar Malta, St Paul’s Bay

For a cool, trendy vibe and some of the best views on the island, head to Cafe del Mar Malta in St Pauls Bay.

You can spend your entire evening here if you choose, as this sophisticated venue has a Mediterranean-themed restaurant as well as an ultra-stylish nightclub.

Guests here are free to enjoy delicious cocktails and some of the best chill-out tunes around, while the main seating area has panoramic views over the Mediterranean. There’s also an open-air infinity pool to enjoy!

Cosy atmosphere, jazz and a 1950s vibe at Cork's Bar Balluta Bay, Sliema

Cork’s Bar Balluta Bay in Sliema is a cosy cocktail bar with a slightly exotic, intimate vibe. This is the place to head if you like live music, especially smooth 1950s jazz and up-beat swing tunes. You can soak up the laid-back vibe, relax and tap your feet to the beat.

The interior is an interesting mix of styles, mostly with a 1950s theme of strong colours and retro furniture to match the owner’s favourite music era. Cocktails here are the kind of classics you’d expect to find in 1950s America, such as delicious vodka Martinis, Mai Tais and Singapore Slings.

A rock ’n’ roll trip down memory lane at Simon's The Elvis Tribute Bar, Qawra

If you like Elvis and good old rock ‘n’ roll, Simon’s The Elvis Tribute Bar is definitely the place for you.

Located in the heart of Qawra, it’s a fantastic place to begin your evening and gives you the option to stay later and enjoy talented live music acts. These are, of course, usually Elvis tribute acts you can sing along to.

The English pub atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the walls are adorned with cool Beatles and Elvis memorabilia. There’s also a large-screen TV, so you can gather here with friends to keep up with the latest sports action.

Amazing sky-high views and cool vibe at Twenty Two, St. Julian’s

Located on level 22 of the Portomaso Business Tower in St Julian’s, the stylish Twenty Two lounge is a hip and exclusive venue boasting a cocktail lounge, wine bar and nightclub. Head here for a fun and lively night out, enjoy delicious cocktails and take in the most incredible views over the island.

There’s plenty of classy seating here where you can chat and listen to the latest dance tunes. Or if you prefer, you can head straight for the dancefloor, wave your hands in the air and strut your stuff until the early hours.

Craft beers, delicious wines and chess games at The Jack of All Trades, Sliema

The Jack of All Trades is an excellent little bar with a welcoming atmosphere, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy a few good craft beers.

A wide range of tasty Belgian ales are on offer alongside a host of beers that are packed with interesting flavours and are a joy to drink. It’s not just beers though, as the venue also boasts a good selection of whiskies and delicious wines.

The atmosphere inside is intimate and welcoming, so it’s an ideal choice for a quiet kind of holiday evening where you simply want to have a bit of a chat and a mingle. They’re also quite into playing chess here, so if you fancy a long game with a few drinks between moves this is the perfect spot.