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Having previously lived in the shadow of the culturally rich Granada, Seville and Cordoba, Málaga has quickly risen as one of the most culturally active places on the Costa del Sol. The city has a central gothic cathedral that acts as the heart from which many of Málaga’s quaint arterial streets take their influence. Visitors to this part of town will experience a rich cultural diversity and find a vast array of architectural marvels as well as a variety of rustic and contemporary restaurants and bars that uphold an authentic Spanish lifestyle. Here’s a list of the ten best bars in Málaga’s historic center.
The Bodega el Pimpi is one of Málaga’s most famous bars. With traditional Spanish roots, this bar specializes in a wide variety of tapas and features an extensive list of local vintages. The bar itself gives off a rustic vibe with a selection of 100 year old posters and wooden wine kegs resting against its walls. This is the perfect location to enjoy the best of the authentic Spanish bar tradition.
The Antigua Casa Guardia is known as the oldest tavern in Málaga, dating back to the late 19th century. The bar attracts a healthy mix of locals and tourists through its intrinsic Spanish authenticity as well as its cozy and quaint interior. The pub serves a range of local and international beers, spirits and vintages and provides the perfect atmosphere for guests to sit back and relax while taking in the Spanish lifestyle.
The home of opulence and indulgence in Málaga, the Sala Opium features an oriental décor and is in traditional terms more of a tea salon than an actual bar. However, Málaga’s visitors find this to be an accommodating alternative for an alcohol-free night out. The bar oozes sensuality and entertains guests with live belly dancers and a great selection of shisha for a truly relaxing experience.
Address: Calle Santa Lucia, 11, Málaga, Spain, +34 670 098 749