Nightlife in Malta is inextricably linked to the countless bars, clubs and liquor shops that line the streets of Paceville, St Julian’s party district. Frequented by young tourists and locals alike, this is undoubtedly the place to go for a night of dancing, chart music, cocktails and shots. The buzzing place has been likened to Ibiza, which should give some indication as to its notoriety! Whilst the exciting Paceville appeals to many, others might prefer a different type of nightlife during their stay in Malta. Fortunately for such people, the island offers numerous cultural, relaxing and romantic nightlife alternatives to Paceville’s wild party scene.
Relax on the beach
As a Mediterranean island, Malta has no shortage of gorgeous beaches. Small beaches like St George’s Bay offer a relaxing setting from which to enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching waves crash upon shore. If you’re looking for somewhere a little more isolated, try Mellieha Bay, Ghajn Tuffieha or Paradise Bay. All of these beaches are fantastic places to share a late evening picnic with friends.
A fine dining experience
A wide range of five star restaurants can be found throughout the island, no matter your preferred cuisine or setting. Malta has some especially renowned seafood restaurants - not surprising, considering the rich marine life surrounding the Mediterranean island. Alternatively, you might want to try a traditional Maltese restaurant for a true taste of the island’s traditional flavours. ‘Maltese Mama’ in St Julian’s offers classic national dishes such as fried rabbit, Maltese sausage and calamari stew. With fine dining also being significantly cheaper in Malta than elsewhere in Europe, you’d be wise in booking a table for a late night meal at one of Malta’s popular dining establishments.
Stroll the streets of Valletta
Valletta, the capital of Malta and a World Heritage Site, is a beautiful place both night and day. Its streets are lit after dark, illuminating the Baroque buildings and Victorian townhouses. Several bars and restaurants are open until late, meaning you can find a cosy alleyway cafe to spend an hour or two, before strolling the romantic cobble streets.
Enjoy cocktails by the lounge pool
The northern town of St Paul’s Bay boasts a great, albeit underrated, nightlife. Whilst many of the bars here are catered toward an older crowd, live music venues like Cafe del Mar and Mynt Club offer performances by internationally renowned DJs, well-priced cocktails and a great atmosphere of lounge ambience. Cafe del Mar is an especially popular complex, famous for itsinfinity pool.
Cruise the Med at night
Some form of cruise is a must during your stay in Malta. Captain Morgan Cruises are perhaps the most reputable providers of round-the-island excursions, with a range of deals to suit your preferences. Online, you can book one of their various packages for a nighttime excursion, which will include a boat ride to one of Malta’s best beaches, an evening BBQ, open bar, and opportunity for a midnight swim.
Try your luck at the casino
Malta has become a hot destination for poker players all around Europe, in part because of the many tournaments that take place here. Sophisticated and modern, the Portomaso Casino in St Julians is a safe bet no matter what form of gambling you’re interested in. Located at the bottom of Malta’s tallest building, the Portomaso Tower, this casino is also famous for hosting Europe’s largest poker tournament, the Battle of Malta. For a more old-fashioned casino, try the Westin Dragonara. Those who find themselves in the north of the island can instead head to Oracle Casino, with its more casual vibe.
One thing will become extremely evident upon visiting Malta during the summer months - the locals love fireworks! So much so, that you can experience sensational firework displays throughout the year. At the end of April, there is even an island-wide fireworks festival to celebrate Malta’s 2004 accession into the EU. Find a cosy spot from which to view these magical fireworks, whether it be a hotel terrace, the beach or a park bench.
See a spectacular show
In Valletta you’ll find one of the most beautiful (and oldest) theatre houses in all of Europe - the Teatru Manoel. This gorgeous arts venue is a sight in itself, with its late Baroque interior and incredible history. Catch a performance by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, or get tickets for a ballet show. If you’re interested in Malta’s history, you could also venture into the small town of Siggiewi, where you can enjoy a traditional folklore show in an open-air venue. Journeying through prehistoric history to the present, the show will teach you about the most important chapters in Malta’s history through an array of performances by talented dancers and entertainers.
There’s no end to the list of places to go, and things to do, during Malta’s summer nights, so fear not if clubbing isn’t your cup of tea. For more information on evening and night activities, check with tourism offices for details on upcoming events.