This popular Spanish seaside city boasts a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere, and is renowned for its buzzing nightlife, historically attracting clubbers from all over the country. Nowadays, there are great daytime and night-time bars, from traditional locals to high chain luxurious clubs. Read on to discover 10 of the best bars in this fantastic city.
Valencia is renowned for its fantastic architecture, and Terraza L’Umbracle is no exception to this. Housed inside the City of Arts and Sciences complex, which boasts Santiag Calatrava’s spectacular architecture as the setting, this sophisticated and modern bar features a relaxing lounge area and lively dance floor, as well as an open-air terrace complete with VIP areas. A place where you can literally dance under the stars whilst enjoying some fine drinks, Terraza L’Umbracle is a luxurious spot to wind down after a day touring the city.
A small but friendly bar in the corner of the Plaza de La Virgen, El Laboratorio has a welcoming atmosphere, approachable staff, and tempting food. Thanks to the popular ‘tapas with a drink’ inspired theme, a lot of the food comes free with a drink. With an international crowd, El Laboratorio is the perfect place to meet a diverse range of people and even brush up on your language skills whilst enjoying a relaxing drink.
St Patrick’s Irish Pub
Found in the heart of the city, this bar is just one fine example of the international and cosmopolitan vibe of the city. Who would have guessed that one of the best Irish bars could be found in the heart of a Spanish city? Serving a wide variety of drinks, including the typical Irish whiskey and best beers on tap, guests can relax and watch some sports on one of four TVs dotting the bar. If sports aren’t your thing, don’t worry, St Patrick’s Irish Pub hosts plenty of events throughout the week, including language exchanges, making it a popular meet-up place for students and expats. A spacious and inviting pub, head here for a great drink and friendly atmosphere.
One of the most popular hangouts in the city, particularly in those summer months where the crowds disperse onto the popular and spacious square nearby, Café Negrito hosts a young and lively crowd who stay long into the night to drink and be merry. Whether you want a cold beer or a creative cocktail, Café Negrito has it all. Featuring a cozy interior, much like many Spanish bars, its large terrace means it can accommodate its large crowd. Traditionally attracting an intellectual clientele, it’s a perfect place for a relaxing sit down and inspiring conversation under the soothing Spanish sun.
Plaza del Negrito, 1, 46001 València, Valencia, Spain +34 665 13 05 28
A Hawaiian-themed bar to take your holiday experience to the next level; complete with bamboo furniture, aquariums and fountains, the owners at Hawaika have spared no expense to create an exotic feel. Relax in this tranquil oasis, alongside music which transports guests to the seashores of Hawaii. Tropical cocktails complement the ambiance, with strong and natural fruit flavors, and served in Tiki style glasses. These cocktails can be enjoyed with or without alcohol, so even kids and non-alcohol drinkers can enjoy the creative fusions. Not only do they serve the best of cocktails, Hawaika boasts tempting juices, smoothies, ice creams and crêpes.
Hawaika, Calle Héroe Romeu, 6, 46008 València, Spain, +34 963 38 21 88
Urban Café first and foremost boasts a stunning location right next to the amazing City of Arts and Sciences, and with a bustling cultural timetable which includes numerous events, from dancing to themed parties, it attracts a wide and ever expanding crowd. Serving excellent wines, creative cocktails and delicious food, this is a great place both to start the evening, and end the night, with everything from coffees to cocktails.
A multipurpose bar and artistic centre, Radio City boasts drinks, a bustling atmosphere, and so much more. Not only do they serve some of the best cocktails around, they also teach you how to make them with regular cocktail masterclasses, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taught by friendly and expert staff. Radio City also features a cinema, as well as a theatre, and traditional and captivating flamenco shows every Tuesday night. You’re certainly not going to be bored if you head down to this part of the city, so enjoy the shows, the best DJs and great drinks at Radio City.
La Taberna Reina
Part of a chain of famous and much loved taverns, La Taberna Reina is located in the stunning historical centre of Valencia, with an excellent view of some of the best monuments, including the cathedral. Head here to take advantage of the ample selection of tempting tapas, pintxos and other fantastic Mediterranean cuisine at any time of day. Guests flock here to enjoy the relaxed and informal environment, and top notch food and great service. A perfect place to relax with some traditional tapas on the terrace, soaking up the Valencian sun, or in the tranquil interior.
Birra and Blues
One of the best craft breweries in Valencia, Birra and Blues has a philosophy of producing natural beer, with no artificial additives or preservatives, and attract guests who appreciate high quality and natural award-winning beer. Sharing a space with the Spaghetti and Blues restaurant, guests can first enjoy a delicious Italian inspired meal, before sticking around to enjoy the Birra and Blues beer, right by the sea. You can also take a guided tour of the facilities by the master brewer, plus this fantastic beer can be taken home thanks to their online store. Live concerts also take place, to accompany your meal and beer.
Bar La Paca
Most famous for its fantastic and traditional Spanish omelette, this cheerful little bar boasts an interior full of intriguing art, and typically attracts a younger and alternative crowd. Bar la Paca is a popular hangout for the locals, it’s a great alternative to the popular touristy bars, and an excellent place to grab a beer. This homely and very informal bar has a well-earned reputation for being one of the best neighborhood tapas bars, where Valencian tapas are the speciality. Don’t miss the seafood tapas.
Bar La Paca, Calle de Rosario, 30, 46011 Valencia, Spain +34 637 86 05 28