Marbella’s leading concert venue is located in the foothills of the Sierra Blanca mountains, about a 10-minute drive out of the city. Starlite boasts an impressive open-air auditorium that attracts stars of the highest calibre in every kind of music. On the bill this season are Sting and the Cádiz-born flamenco dancer Sara Baras.
Calle Albioni, s/n, Marbella, Spain, +34 902750787
La Catarina Brewery and Music Venue
What could be better than a venue dedicated to two of the finest things in life: beer and music? La Catarina Brewery and Music Venue is situated near the Puerto Banús marina, 13 kilometres (eight miles) from central Marbella, and offers a wide selection of craft beers, as well as live concerts and jam sessions that are often described by clients as ‘spectacular’.
6 Calle Gabriel Celaya, Marbella, Spain, +34 952818185
Auditorium in Constitution Park
Marbella’s Parque de la Constitución is home to a beautiful open-air ampitheatre. During the city’s busy summer season, this elegant venue is the setting for concerts and performances of every kind, from flamenco to plays, and from jazz to blues. For pre- and post-concert refreshment, there is a café in the park with a shaded outside seating area, perfect for a copa or caña (small beer).
Ana Maria flamenco bar
Flamenco-lovers visiting Marbella will want to make a pilgrimage to the city’s best known peña (club), the Ana Maria flamenco bar. This characterful joint is housed in a bright-yellow building in the old town and, when the musicians aren’t drunk (as they’re sometimes said to be), it’s the setting for stirring and intense performances. Be warned, it’s not cheap: entry is €25 and drinks are €10 a pop.
4 Plaza Santo Cristo, Marbella, Spain, +34 667384946
Buddha Music Bar
For true partygoers, a visit to Buddha Bar is a must-visit: it’s often described as one of the best nightspots on the Costa del Sol and rarely closes its doors before about six in the morning. In addition to live Latin music, the calendar of events includes ‘exotic dancers, fireworks, cabarets and entertainment spectacles’, while the highly praised kitchen specialises in Japanese food.
3 Avenida Puerta del Mar, Marbella, Spain, +34 628019663
La Sala is a classy establishment situated in the millionaire’s playground of Puerto Banús, eight kilometres (five miles) west of Marbella city. It prides itself on offering live music of the highest quality seven nights a week, and on Sundays there is live music all day (the perfect soundtrack for enjoying the restaurant’s superb Sunday roast). La Sala’s sumptuous Live Lounge is the setting for its varied calendar of concerts.
Calle Juan Belmonte, s/n, Puerto Banús, Marbella, Spain, +34 952814145
Beckett’s is a sleek and stylish hangout in the heart of Marbella’s modern city centre. Throughout the winter months, it stages quality live concerts every Friday and Saturday evenings and at Sunday lunchtimes. What makes attending a show here a little bit special, though, is that you can simultaneously enjoy Beckett’s inventive, international cuisine, which many locals say is the best in Marbella.
4 Calle Camilo José Cela, Marbella, Spain, +34 952868898