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Costa Brava

Nightlife in Costa Brava

Costa Brava holidays give you the opportunity to try a number of bars and restaurants whose friendly atmospheres are renowned for making customers feel relaxed. The impressive array of cocktails, from the likes of seaside bars and gin and tonic specialty venues, certainly doesn't hurt. For the liveliest nightlife, Lloret de Mar is full to the brim of discos, clubs and bars of all types and is where people flock to for a late night out.

Live large at St Trop, Lloret de Mar

St Trop has been enticing partygoers since 1962. There are three floors for dancing, nine bars and its VIP terrace has creative cocktails and gin. Mainly banging out dance tunes, it's not just a club, it also holds big events such as a circus carnival show.

Feel at home at El Pub Lloret, Lloret de Mar

Owned and operated by a husband and wife duo who specialise in creating a warm welcome, this pub brings a little bit of England to the Spanish coast. Visitors can enjoy a cool cocktail on the outdoor terrace or catch a live match on television while children stay occupied in the kid's corner or with a round of pool.

Lounge around at Shake Cafe, Lloret de Mar

This cosy shisha cafe is known for its laid-back atmosphere and excellent service, not to mention its long list of shisha flavours. Not a smoker? Not to worry – the Shake Cafe also offers an array of cocktails to sip while lounging on the plush sofas.

Careful crafting at Bar Kars, Tossa de Mar

Colourful cocktails meet creative personal touches at this bar, which specialises in uniquely flavoured gin and tonics. The menu isn't just first-class G&Ts, though we'd certainly recommend them – Bar Kars also offers other favourite cocktails like mojitos and daiquiris. They'll even mix and match flavours for you, ensuring no two drinks are the same.

Let loose at Tipic Bar, Tossa de Mar

For a taste of home, visitors gather at this friendly bar in the centre of Tossa de Mar, where rock and roll music, live sporting matches and pints of Guinness are always on the menu.

Take someone special to Romantic Bar, Tossa de Mar

Calling this bar 'romantic' was no mistake – visitors to this bar sip cocktails underneath parasols in an outdoor garden as live music croons in the background. The waiters have a seemingly endless amount of chairs and tables to add into the mix as the garden fills with diners, so there's always plenty of wiggle room.

Mosh on at Yates Hard Rock, Lloret de Mar

Calling all serious rock fans! Steering away from your typical top 40 pop hits, this bar plays rock hits and metal favourites, taking requests all night to ensure your music needs are met. Cosy up in this cave-like locale – whose wall decor includes hanging guitars – with a pint of beer and prepare to rock on.

Quiet nights at Rosso Cafe, Platja d'Aro

With an outdoor terrace facing Platja d'Aro's main strip, sitting back beneath the parasols of this bustling cafe is great for watching tourists and locals drift by. You can do so as you sip a brightly-coloured cocktail or hot cup of coffee.

Have a good one at Boia Nit, Cadaques

Nestled along the beach and overlooking a quiet bay, this bar boasts an impressive selection of gin uniquely paired with sea flavours – who knew plankton went well with a gin and tonic? It also has bar bites and other creative cocktails. By day, this venue functions as a great stop to sip something cool after lounging on the nearby shores, while by night, it's a romantic spot for a candlelit drink.

Settle in to Harvey's Bar, L'Estartit

Diners at this bar and restaurant are treated to huge portions and English beers. It's great for kids, as it comes ready with a play area as well as great for adults who want to catch their favourite sports team play live on television. Harvey's Bar is that laid-back dining hotspot visitors crave.