When it comes to nightlife Puerto Banus has quite the reputation. The party scene here is, along with Marbella, the most notorious on the Costa del Sol and it's a big part of why people choose Puerto Banus for a holiday destination. Nightlife in Puerto Banus alternates between sophistication and madness, often in the same place in a short period of time. Holiday resorts in Costa del Sol may have their own entertainment evenings and mixers, so keep your eye out for something right on your doorstep. To help you get to grips with the occasionally insane Puerto Banus nightlife, here are 10 places that should be on your to-dance list.
TIBU Banus is emblematic of club life in Puerto Banus. Drinks, rooftop, more drinks, champagne, funky interior, bright lights and dancing until the time you'd normally be getting up for work.
La Sala - formerly Buddha Bar - is something a little less crazy than some of the other places on this list. It's open until a modest 3am at weekends and is primarily a restaurant, however its huge range of outside seating areas, cool atmosphere and hot live music make it a popular night time haunt. It's also seen its fair share of celebrities, and we all enjoy trying to spot a famous face.
Aqwa Mist can be found just below La Sala. It has a modern, stylish interior full of glass, metal and colourful lights and its DJ booth has seen big names such as Tinie Tempah and Rudimental grace the decks. A favourite among footballers winding down at the end of the season, this is also a great place for a hen or stag do.
If you imagine a beach club in Puerto Banus, you're probably imagining Ocean Club Marbella. With 9,000 square metres of outdoor party space, an enormous pool, sun loungers and waiter service, Ocean Club Marbella perfectly balances the feeling of luxury with having fun.
ASTRAL Cocktail Bar is a friendly place that does a whole range of brilliantly fun cocktails in generous sizes. The staff will welcome you and guide you through the extensive cocktail menu and ASTRAL Cocktail Bar is also suitable for families, so even your late deals to Costa del Sol can have something for everyone.
Pangea is known mainly for its awesome location. A rooftop bar with a fantastic view of the harbour gives Pangea a distinct feeling of class and exclusivity. Not much of a dance vibe, but the electric atmosphere and excellent music more than make up for it. Look out for two-for-one drinks offers at the start of the night, and shisha deals throughout the evening.
Seven definitely ranks as one of the coolest places in Puerto Banus. There's elegance and style with a little touch of madness – even if you're wearing your crispest suit you won't look out of place going crazy on the dance floor at 4am.
Geordie Shore makes its way to the Costa del Sol. Bijoux Banus is a new face in Puerto Banus' nightlife scene, having opened in summer 2015. The Newcastle original was made famous by Geordie Shore and this fun, modern bar and club will be hosting the program when it visits Marbella.
Cocktails are taken seriously at Freudenhaus. Their team of expert mixologists are encouraged to display their dazzling skills and your perfectly balanced cocktail will be served to you with a flourish. The focus in Freudenhaus is on creating a cool and stylish ambience where the drink and company can really be appreciated.
You could spend all day and night in El Gran Gatsby. Start with a delicious lunch, you might then fancy a siesta on a sun lounger, then a couple of drinks before dinner and a couple of drinks after, before a DJ or live music until it's time for bed. There isn't something happening every night at El Gran Gatsby, but its fabulous style and the cosmopolitan atmosphere mean it's always popular when there is.