The Best Bars in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

The stylish Atelier Cocktail Bar sits atop the Bohemia Suites and Spa
The stylish Atelier Cocktail Bar sits atop the Bohemia Suites and Spa | Courtesy of Bohemia Suites and Spa / Expedia
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When the thermometer rises on the isle of Gran Canaria, Spain, there’s nothing like a crisp, cold beer or an expertly made cocktail to cool down. Whether you like your drinking spots funky or old school, cheap or pricey, here’s our pick of the best bars on the island. So, pull up a stool and settle in for a chilled afternoon, evening or late, great night on the tiles.

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Eiffel Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Beer, Cocktails, Spanish, $

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On the west coast in Playa del Inglés, this cocktail hotspot has a clubby interior with an entertainment stage and a canopy-shaded patio for late nights of catching up with pals. Cocktails are tall, tropical numbers with a Club Tropicana vibe and big fruit garnishes – try the mango daiquiri – and you’ll likely get chatting to owners Oliver and Fabien. It’s on the ground floor of the enormous Yumbo Centre, an entire complex of gay bars, drag shows and nightclubs.

Tipsy Hammock

Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $
In Playa del Inglés, this youthful, surfy cocktail bar is the sort of community-focussed joint that organises local litter picks and hosts morning yoga sessions. Its mojitos – which come in banana, chilli and popcorn flavours, among others – are legendary, but you may want to go for an espresso martini or a rum and Coke as you sit back on its sprawling, sociable patio. After sunset, DJ sets thump into the night, and downing shots becomes practically compulsory.

La Azotea de Benito Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Beer, Spanish, Cocktails,

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Lavish enough to have made it onto the World’s Best Bars list, this rooftop number in Las Palmas has impressive mixologists and home-crafted bitters. With plush white sofas and pristine parasols, it has views of the mountains and rooftops around it, attracting a sophisticated crowd of dressed-up holidaymakers keen for that extra level of quality. Try the manhattans, poured from little hip flasks and with a chocolate on the side.

Atelier Cocktail Bar

Cocktail Bar, Cocktails, $$

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The view from the terrace at this glam nightspot is spectacular – a panorama of low-rise Canarian architecture and the dazzling azure Mediterranean beyond. Crowning the swish Bohemia Suites and Spa in Las Palmas, it has squishy armchairs and pouffes under the stars, while work-of-art cocktails are brought out in tiki mugs or ceramic urns, garnished with seashells, golf balls and mini treasure chests. Take your time to peruse the thick, illustrated menu before you choose.

The Paper Club

Bar, Restaurant, Snacks
Birdcage-like lanterns and vines wrapped around industrial piping impart a quirky, urban-garden feel to this upmarket bar and restaurant in Las Palmas, where live bands or guitarists often soundtrack your night of cocktails and bar snacks. Giant G&Ts require two hands, and frothy pisco sours sing with lime. The tuna tataki and sour-cream-topped nachos are popular orders for peckish drinkers. It’s a refreshingly young, upbeat atmosphere in the heart of the resort.

Sahara Beach Bar

Bar, Cocktails
This tropical thatched wooden shack is just off Playa del Inglés, with a buzzy patio wrapped around a pool. A mature crowd sits while clinking ice-packed mojitos and singing along to rock classics, and bartenders slug shots of rum into hacked-open coconuts. Bright tequila sunrises and daiquiris are ordered by the dozen, and various groups mingle poolside late into the night. Think of it as “Brits on tour” – with a sense of humour and a welcoming atmosphere.

La Buena Vida

Bar, Cocktails
This tiny Las Palmas hole-in-the-wall bar has a menu of craft beers, fruity cocktails and Irish coffees topped with fat swirls of whipped cream. Order the huge fishbowl glasses of sangria packed with fruit. On the mellow patio at this corner establishment, you’ll likely meet Las Palmas regulars who are here for coffees or aperitifs – it’s a friendly spot where bartenders and patrons are chatty and warm. Pull up a chair during the town’s February carnival to see the entertainment flow right by.

Terraza Tamarán

Bar, Cocktails
Shaded by sail-like canopies, this breezy Las Palmas rooftop bar is a delight for a daytime drink. Pastel-pink and green cushions jazz up comfy benches around the central wooden kiosk of a bar, which is stacked with unusual bottles of liqueur, spirits and bitters. Grab a high stool by the glass barrier for the best view of the ocean. While all the cocktails are top quality, try the house drink, the Tamaran Cup, infused with chamomile and cucumber – it’s especially refreshing.

Amadores Beach Club

Bar, Wine

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Popular on flashy Mediterranean islands, beach clubs are pretty new to the Canaries, and this is the favourite in Gran Canaria. The Amadores Beach Club is a huge pool party of white daybeds and popping champagne corks, set on a seafront terrace in southwestern Playa de Amadores. Book a spacious daybed for the afternoon or a bean bag in the Champagne Area to watch bikini-clad women order rosé and bubbles and pick at caprese salads or tuna sushi rolls over long sunbaked afternoons.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Valeria Nikonova.

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