- 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.
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.
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.
St. Lucia’s Street, Il-Belt Valletta +356 21221699
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.
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.
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Dragonara Roat, st. Julian’s +356 2138 1000
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.
193 Main Street Balluta Bay, St. Julian’s +356 2133 1706
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.
Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso, San Ġiljan +356 23102222
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.
The Strand, Gzira +356 2133 7141
Ryan’s Irish Pub
One of the oldest Irish pubs on the Island, Ryan’s was the first to serve both Guinness and Murphy’s Stout on draught. Perched on a hill overlooking Spinola Bay, it is in a prime location and is very popular. It is known for being one of the cheaper places in Malta to drink and is a sports bar so matches of your favourite football and rugby teams can be watched in the bar. The venue is transformed into a lively nightclub at night.
Triq Wied l-Ghomor, Saint Julian +356 99420011
A stylish lounge bar with a striking décor which compliments darks with striking bright shades, BarCelona is extremely modern and stylish. The bar aims at people in their mid-thirties and upwards, but it’s a popular place for all legal ages. Some nights there is live music at the bar and they hold events some days of the week – for example Ladies’ Night is on Wednesdays.