The Top 10 Bars in Marbella, Spain

Photo of Mark Nayler
13 January 2018

Marbella is famed for its party scene, so it’ll come as no surprise that there is no shortage of great bars in the city. Whether you’re after a cosy local tapas joint or an all-night dancing session, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Read on for the top 10 bars in Marbella.

Buddha Bar

Cocktail Bar, Japanese, Pub Grub, 0
Party until 7AM at Marbella's Buddha Bar
Party until 7AM at Marbella's Buddha Bar | © ericbarns/Pixabay

One of the Costa del Sol’s most famous nightspots, Buddha Bar is a partygoer’s heaven. Live performances of every kind – from “exotic dancing” to cabaret – enhance a hedonistic ambience that can be enjoyed until 7AM on weekends. Head there early for dinner – the in-house sushi restaurant is excellent – before the dancing and the cocktails start. Not cheap, but a one-off exerience.

Bar Guerola

Bar, Spanish, Pub Grub
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Enjoy homemade tapas as Bar Guerola
Enjoy homemade tapas as Bar Guerola | © Eisenmenger/Pixabay

Though located just over the road from the Buddha Bar, Bar Guerola couldn’t be more different from is flashy neighbour. This is a traditional Spanish joint, which is packed with locals every lunchtime and evening. The homemade tapas is superb and, at less than €15 for three courses, the set menu is excellent value. Guerola is also a great place just to relax with a cold beer while admiring the traditional décor.

La Taberna del Pintxo

Bar, Spanish, $$$
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Basque-style snacks are the speciality at La Taberna del Pintxo
Basque-style snacks are the speciality at La Taberna del Pintxo | © Katina Rogers/Flickr

Andalusians love grazing while they drink, so you’ll be surrounded by locals at La Taberna del Pintxo, a stylish bar that specialises in the Basque version of tapas. Pintxos, as they’re called, take the form of slices of crusty bread topped with anything from peppers and sausages to anchovies and everything in between; and in La Taberna’s buzzing, warm interior you can enjoy them from as little as €1.25 each.

La Sala

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, Spanish, $$$
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La Sala stages frequent concerts in its Live Lounge
La Sala stages frequent concerts in its Live Lounge | © Free-Photos/Pixabay
La Sala is a high-class bar and restaurant located in the fashionable marina of Puerto Banús, just a few miles west of Marbella city. It offers nine spaces in which to enjoy cocktails or dishes from the inventive, international menu: these include the Live Lounge (where concerts are frequently performed) and the stunning rear terrace, which overlooks La Concha mountain. An evening here requires a bit of extra outlay, but you won’t regret it.


Bar, Restaurant, Fusion, 0
Beckett's is famed for its cocktails
Beckett's is famed for its cocktails | © alexandreest/Pixabay

Located just back from the beachfront promenade of Paseo Maritimo, Beckett’s is something of a legend in Marbella. Pull up a plush stool at the bar and order one of the best cocktails you’re likely to taste, period; and surprisingly, they’re actually cheaper than those served in other nearby bars. People also come here for the live music and the extravagantly-good cooking: one recent client said Beckett’s food is “better than sex”.

El Estrecho

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas
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Try the gambas al pil pil (spicy prawns) at Bar El Estrecho
Try the gambas al pil pil (spicy prawns) at Bar El Estrecho | © Beth Granter/Flickr

One of old Marbella’s classics, Bar El Estrecho (“The Narrow”) is aptly named: it’s a cosy tapas joint located on a street in the casco antiguo that’s barely a metre in width. On offer inside – either at the bar or at table in the small dining area – is a broad selection of traditional tapas and local wines. The house speciality is fish, with the deep-fried anchovies (boquerones) or the spicy prawns (gambas al pil pil) particularly recommended.

Sinatra Bar

Bar, European, Pub Grub, $$$
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Sinatra Bar overlooks yachts moored in the marina of Puerto Banús
Sinatra Bar overlooks yachts moored in the marina of Puerto Banús | © Tomás Fano/Flickr

If you’ve time to spend an evening in Puerto Banús on your trip to Marbella, start off in the Sinatra Bar. This is the marina’s most popular watering hole, and looks straight out onto the gleaming super-yachts for which Banús is famous. Sinatra’s is consistently singled out for the quality of its service and for its lively ambience, hosting as it does a mixed crowd of locals and visitors from all over the globe.

Taberna Casa Curro

Bar, Spanish, Tapas, $$$
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Jamon and wine at Taberna Casa Curro
Jamon and wine at Taberna Casa Curro | © Xemenendura/Commons Wikimedia

Hidden away in a narrow street in Marbella’s old town, Taberna Casa Curro is a great place to stop for traditional tapas and glass of wine. Particularly tasty are the cured jamons – a must-try on any visit to Andalusia – which can be paired with one of the sweet wines for which Málaga province is famous (try the Moscatel). Although it only opened in 2008, the décor is old-school Spanish, with bullfighting pictures plastering the walls.


Bar, Cafe, European, $$$
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Barrocco does a mean mojito
Barrocco does a mean mojito | © StockSnap/Pixabay

For one of the best mojitos in Marbella, head to Barrocco, a bright red cocktail bar just behind the city’s beachfront promenade. From its outside terrace you can enjoy a good view of the busy port, and there’s a kids’ area inside if you’re stopping by as a family. An extensive selection of gins is also available, making this sleek bar the perfect spot for an early-evening G&T while watching the yachts come and go.

The Claddagh

Bar, Pub, British, Irish, $$$
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Mingle with the expats over a pint of Guinness at The Claddagh
Mingle with the expats over a pint of Guinness at The Claddagh | © RyedaleWeb/Pixabay

It’s got to be done, really. The “Irish” bars in any Spanish city are not only a great place to take the pulse of the local expatriate scene, they’re also hugely popular with Spaniards, who come for the pubby feel and the pints of ale. Marbella’s Claddagh Bar is no exception, and provides a friendly atmosphere in which to enjoy a superb pint of Guinness, shoot pool, or watch live sporting fixtures.

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