The Best Bars to Visit in Elche, Spain

Photo of Clare Speak
Writer15 November 2017

From tapas bars to late-night cocktails, the city of Elche in Spain’s Alicante province has all kinds of nightlife to enjoy. Here’s our pick of the best spots in town.

BV 22

Bar, Pub, Irish, Pub Grub, Beer
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One of Elche’s best-loved pubs, BV 22 has been around for many years and it’s easy to see why. There’s a good selection of beers and a warm atmosphere, much like an Irish pub, with ambient classic rock and pop in the background, and a busy terrace in the summer months. It gets lively from Thursday to Saturday.

El Garaje

Bar, Spanish, Tapas, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Cocktails
Cocktails | © ambernambrose / Flickr

This unassuming tapas bar in the centre of Elche offers surprisingly great food and a warm welcome from the friendly owners and staff, who treat everyone like their best customer. There’s a large menu and the prices are very reasonable, so you can try plenty of different things. It’s a great place to start the night.

Malasaña

Bar, Pub, Spanish, Pub Grub, $$$
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Malasaña in Elche, Spain
Malasaña in Elche, Spain | Courtesy of Malasaña

Elche’s super-cool hipster bar in the heart of the city, Malasaña looks a bit like a living room from the outside. The music, mostly indie, is played at a volume that still allows you to talk, and there’s a great ambience, with walls decorated with artwork and comic-book pages inside, and a small terrace. It’s always lively, thanks no doubt to the friendly service and reasonable prices.

Columpio Bar

Bar, Sandwich Shop, Spanish, Tapas, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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If you’re looking for a laid-back local tapas bar, you can’t go wrong here. Columpio is a cosy bar with a very Spanish feel and no tourists in sight, where you will have to be prepared to practise your Spanish. The food is good quality, and the prices are low. Don’t miss their delicious montaditos (small sandwiches).

La Madalena

Bar, Pub, Spanish, Tapas, Pub Grub, 0
Tapas
Tapas | © Pix3853 / Pixabay

This family-run tapas bar is a bit of a local secret, and it’s a little way out of the city centre, but well worth seeking out. With all the typical tapas dishes you’d hope to find, at very low prices, the juicy, slightly spicy meatballs are their speciality. People in Elche often describe it as the best tapas they’ve ever had. You’ll just have to visit and try it for yourself, but don’t expect an English menu.

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