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The Ultimate Malta Nightlife Guide For 2022

Eyeing up Malta for your party destination? We’ve done all the work for you with our ultimate guide to Malta’s nightlife. Buzzing with venues and events, it’ll  be well worth every penny whether you’re on a budget or looking to splash out. Take a tour of our top picks for restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs. We’ve got all the insider tips to make sure you get the night you’ve been searching for

Where Is The Malta Nightlife?

The small island of Malta is based between Sicily and the North-African coast. Most of the action happens along the east coast like in Paceville, in the town of St. Julian’s, famously popular with young party-goers. Most of the bars and clubs there are based around Paceville Piazza. With the average pint costing €2.50, you’re in for an experience that’s kind to your wallet. Still, there are many other hotspots dotted around the coast like Sliema and Gianpula Village – you’re really spoilt for choice. There’s also Valletta, the capital, just a few minutes drive from Paceville. Basically, whether you’re looking to party hard or chill out, Malta has a bit of everything

Malta International Airport is about 6.5 miles from Paceville. You can either take a bus transfer which will take about an hour, or you can spend €15 to €25 on a taxi, roughly a 20 minute trip – whichever is the best choice for you

Malta By Day

Full of culture and stunning views, there’s always something to do in Malta. Paceville is filled with beaches like the popular St George’s. Enjoy golden sands, picturesque views as well as activities like windsurfing and scuba diving in the warm Mediteranean sea. Even spend the day at one of the beach clubs like The Exiles or Merkanti if you fancy relaxing all day with a cocktail

You can find almost anything at Bay street shopping centre in St. Julian’s, including beauty salons and an arcade. There’s also the trendy town of Valletta, perfect for a day out shopping or spotting some of the spots featured on Game of Thrones! 

There’s also a few casinos dotted around Malta if you fancy your luck – most famously Portomaso Casino. Please be aware though, you’re there to have fun, not to blow the budget!

Top Pick Restaurants

With Malta being quite close to Sicily, you’ll notice quite a few pizza places. Located in St Julian’s, Claudio’s pizza claims to be the BEST pizza in Malta (it even has vegan options) and aims to create a fun and friendly atmosphere. Why not see for yourself

The world famous Hard Rock Cafe has a restaurant here in St Julian’s. Serving American eats and decorated with famous Rock n Roll memorabilia, this will be an experience to remember, whatever your dietary preferences

One of the best cheap-eats in Paceville is Hermano’s burgers. It’s the perfect place to treat yourself with generously sized burgers and it’s only a few minutes from the busy nightlife

No matter where you are, there’s always room for a good old English gastro-pub. Located in the town of Sliema, this is a safe space for any fussy-eaters, with a range of affordable and good quality meals. This friendly, family run pub is sure to be your  home away from home

Malta By Night

The most popular party destination is in Paceville, St. Julian’s – mainly Paceville Piazza. Here you can find many bars, pubs and clubs for a great night out. Still, only a short taxi ride away are some more of the best club attractions. With Malta being such a small island, you have the freedom to stay wherever you like and never miss out on the best events!

Top Pick Bars

What even is a holiday abroad without an Irish Pub? If you’re feeling a little homesick, you’ll fit right in here – with pub grub lunches served in the day, and Guinness and lagers in the evening to start the night off your way. Friendly staff, live music and sports screenings every Saturday night are sure to keep you entertained and with an average pint costing €4.50, you’re all set for a great night

For that stylish start to your night, treat yourself to some cocktails at Hugo’s lounge, popular with a young and lively crowd. As well as being a great noodle and sushi bar, this place is also on top of the cocktail game. Either have a dance or relax on the terrace sofas – a glamorous way to enjoy pre drinks. Make sure you get there first at 15:00-18:00 for happy hour – be kind to that holiday budget. You can always continue the party upstairs at the stylish Shadow Lounge club

This 1920’s prohibition themed bar is the best place for a fancy cocktail expertly made by the mixologists. This is your chance to experience a little class and step back in time to a 1920’s speakeasy fit with luxurious decorations. Splash out on a cocktail or three, guaranteed to be worth every penny. Live music every Friday and Saturday night are just what you need to get into the party spirit!

Right in the heart of Paceville, this Latino themed bar is the best place for cocktails and a dance with your mates. There’s also cheap and cheerful meals and snacks to keep you going throughout the night

If you’re looking for that stylish, chilled-out vibe, this outdoor, sea-front bar and lounge is the perfect place to hang out before heading to a club. Located in Paceville’s centre, you can stay here all night, with popular DJ sessions throughout the week

Top Pick Clubs

Located in the centre of Paceville, this popular venue is the biggest and best soul, hip hop and R&B club on the island. Jam-packed on the weekends, be sure to get in quick before it fills up, you don’t want to miss out

This large venue is home to some of the largest clubbing events. This underground venue has one of the world’s top sound systems, probably why some of the best local and international DJs have done sessions here. There’s something happening every night here so don’t miss your chance for a legendary night

This massive venue is host to 11 different venues! That’s right – indoor and outdoor venues, rooftop parties and even festival arenas. Full of varying atmospheres, there’s something for everyone here. It’s just a short taxi ride from Paceville, but it will be well worth the trip

This club really sticks to its name and motto ‘wild, surprising fun’. This is a safe space to make a fool of yourself after a few drinks. Isn’t that what a party is for? If fun is what you’re looking for then this is the place to be

Located on the 22nd floor of Malta’s tallest building, the Portomaso Tower, this is your chance for the VIP treatment. Sky-high clubbing with cocktails is the best way to get a little luxury on your night out in this exclusive club. You can even spend the whole night here with DJ sessions later in the evening

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