With so many great places in Palma to eat, drink and dance, you’re always guaranteed an eventful night in this vibrant city. Start your evening off in one of the many quirky bars in the old town, knock back an aperitif or two, and bar-crawl your way towards the clubs of trendy Santa Catalina or El Terreno, where licences are later and the atmosphere can be raucous.
Molta Barra is a large and lively bar in the old town, and a fun place to start your evening. Popular with locals, it has a down-to-earth, authentic feel, and is a great bar to choose if you want to avoid the tourist scene. The bar staff are friendly, drinks are reasonably priced, and the pintxos are cheap and tasty. A lot of events and parties take place here, and the place is big enough that there’s plenty of seating, as well as room for dancing. Bars in the old town tend not to have late licenses, so if you’re up for more when midnight comes around, it’ll be time to head elsewhere.
Carrer del Pes de la Farina, 12, 07001 Palma +34 971 07 67 67
Head to the top floor of the Hotel Saratoga and you will discover a dimly lit, atmospheric bar with fantastic views of Palma Marina. At 8pm every night the live jazz sessions kick off with a bang and the place heaves with an artsy crowd, so be sure to get there early to secure a great viewing spot. Monday evenings here, when anyone can step up and join in the improvised jam on stage, are a firm fixture in local musicians’ diaries.
Paseo Mallorca, 6, 7a planta, 07012 Palma +34 971 72 72 40
If you’re after a spot of classical decadence, head to the infamous Bar Abaco in the La Lonja area. The stunning building and courtyard are excessively adorned with antiques and dramatic floral bouquets, and overflow with mountains of tropical fruit. Cocktails are expensive but delicious, and the Cava and Champagne list is extensive enough for any connoisseur, making this bar the perfect place for a special treat.
Calle San Juan, 1, 07012 Palma +34 971 71 49 39
This tiny but lively nightclub, located in the hip Santa Catalina area, is owned by the same team as the legendary Tito’s nightclub, but is much smaller and grungier, and is a popular hangout for locals. Brooklyn Club has a late license, great cocktails and a dance floor downstairs, so it’s the perfect place to hit the tiles after an evening spent eating, drinking and socialising in the numerous bars in the area.
Carrer Dameto, 6, 07013 Palma +34 971 416 186
One of the most recognizable and fashionable club brands in the Balearic Islands – if not the world – Pacha Mallorca is a great place to see and be seen. Though the entrance fees are higher than most, no expense is spared on the chic décor, world-famous DJs, and sensational sound system. Strut your stuff to house and funk music on the dance floor, head to the R&B room for a change of scene, or relax in the pretty landscaped gardens.
Avinguda de Gabriel Roca, 42, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain, +34 687 570 102
Palma locals love to dance, and at many a fiesta you will see the crowds breaking out into a spot of Flamenco, or Lindy Hopping to live music. The Galactic Club dedicates itself to this passion, by promoting swing music, soul, blues and rock and roll in the city. Live bands belt out tunes while the audience shakes, rattles and rolls until dusk. The tapas are particularly delicious and plentiful here too, so if you have two left feet you can sit back and watch while tucking into some delicious food.
Carrer de Murillo, 9, 07013 Palma +34 689 77 31 69
Sala Trampa is an artistic hive in the middle of the city. Live music, theatre shows and stand-up comedy are all crammed into the schedule, though it is the improv nights, led by resident company Trampa Teatre, that really pull a crowd every week. With a cheap bar, good snacks and a welcoming room of locals, this is a fabulously relaxed and joyously unpredictable night, though probably not suitable for those with limited Spanish.
If you are still bouncing around past midnight and have missed your pumpkin home, head to the coolest clubbing hangout in the Can Barbara marina. A real late-night gem, the hipster Garito Café livens up in the early hours when top international electronic and house DJs take to the decks.
Dársena de Can Barbara, s/n, 07015 Palma +34 971 73 69 12