The Best Bars To Visit in Malta

The architecture of Valletta is a unique blend of Arabic and Mediterranean
The architecture of Valletta is a unique blend of Arabic and Mediterranean | © Roy Pedersen / Alamy
Jillian Ellis

Malta is a small island in the central Mediterranean with a rich history involving Romans, Moors, Knights of St. John, French and British rulers. Malta is a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches and has lots of fun, popular bars for people of all ages. Here’s a list of some of the best to visit after a day of exploring this beautiful island.

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Plough & Anchor Pub

The Plough & Anchor looks out over Exiles Bay. The owners are Maltese, very friendly and are always happy to take photographs with visitors in their pub. The décor is really quirky and interesting, with a display of various antique clocks on one wall. The bar can get really packed, especially in the evenings, so it’s a good place to go to socialize.

Simon’s Pub

Holding annual music festivals, Simon’s Pub is often referred to as one of the best bars in Malta. The inside is decorated in an eclectic style, with dark green paint and lots of plants. Victorian fire extinguishers, Georgian water heaters, ship’s portholes and sundry farming implements hang from the walls. Established in 1984, Simon’s Pub creates a relaxed atmosphere for young adults to have fun. It is reasonably priced and there are even apartments and rooms next door and upstairs where you can stay.


Selling traditional Maltese food, Legligin is a small restaurant and wine bar which provides an exceptional experience. The walls are white stone and the restaurant is lit by a few lights in the walls and candles on the tables. Wooden furniture of varying shades gives a sense of comfort and conveys a relaxed atmosphere.

City Bar


City Bar is popular among young Maltese people. It is a casual bar, so is a great place to meet up with friends and have a few drinks. They will sometimes set up a stage and hold events to raise money for charity. The interior design matches dark colours and light, creamy browns. They take bookings, so it is a great place for parties, indoor or outdoor.

Bedouin Bar

Part of the luxury Westin Dragonara Resort, Bedouin Bar is the place to be. It is an outdoor club located right at the water’s edge and offers a really relaxed and calming atmosphere in the surreal beauty of the lights of the resorts and other buildings overlooking the water. Fantastic and creative cocktails are sold here. The bar hosts exclusive events on Friday nights, which you need to join a guestlist for via their website.

City of London Pub

Established in 1914 at the start of the First World War by Karmnu Borg from Malta, the City of London Pub is the oldest bar on Malta, and is now owned by Karmnu’s grandson Julian. As a family-run pub, it has great character and is friendly and welcoming. The walls are lined with old photographs and posters from days past. The bar has earned the loyalty and love of people from all around the world proven through their website, which shows positive reviews from Germany, England and America.


At level 22 of Malta’s tallest high-rise, Portomaso Business Tower, you will find one of the most exclusive bars in Malta. The views here are unparalleled across the island. Open during the week as a formal but calm bar setting, Twenty-Two implements a smart-dress code. It has already played host to a number of international celebrities from the world of music, film and television. The bar has a modern and classy feel to it, having been designed by a leading local designer with inspiration drawn from all over the world.

Café Jubilee


Decorated inside and out like an old-fashioned New York casino, this kitschy café is certain to bring your days or nights to life. The walls are covered with fascinating pictures and objects, the staff are friendly and fast-working and there is a fun and active atmosphere. Serving as a café, bar and restaurant in one, Café Jubilee is sure to meet your needs and is definitely good value for money.

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