There is something inherently British about the pub crawl, so it sort of feels apt to organise one around the boozers of Gibraltar. Is this Europe’s southernmost pub crawl? That depends on many things, but follow our route for a great evening of exploring the pubs of Gib.
1. The Trafalgar
In conjunction with our perfect 24 hours in Gibraltar, start the festivities at The Trafalgar Arms after an afternoon at Europa Point. There isn’t anything particularly special about The Trafalgar ― it is a friendly sports bar that sells beer and crisps ― but the location makes it a solid option to start the night. If it doesn’t take your fancy, start off at the nearby Piccadilly Garden Bar.
2. The Clipper
A little bit of a walk to The Clipper in Irish Town, but there is a good reason that this nautically-themed pub tops many people’s ‘Best Gibraltar Pubs’ list. The decor hangs Gibraltar’s garrison past with pride, and the food is excellent pub grub to say the least. Stop here for a couple of pints and that all-important food ― lining the stomach is immensely important after all.
3. Star Bar
We’re not 100% sure whether we believe the advertising or not, but Star Bar is believed to be the oldest bar in Gibraltar. It also has Old Speckled Hen on tap, which will always get a thumbs up from us. Modern developments have seen much of the charm get lost under a misguided attempt at style, but ‘Gibraltar’s Oldest Pub’ and ‘Old Speckled Hen’ can’t really fail.
4. Venture Inn
Nothing overly special here, but we’re not going to disagree with a pub that uses a play on words as a moniker. It is your standard Irish Pub, so get yourself a beer and see if you can come up with a better punny pub name.
5. The Lord Nelson
Make the short strut round to Grand Casemates Square and The Lord Nelson, undoubtedly one of our favourite pubs in Gib. The decor is great and weekends here get particularly rowdy, and the draught beer is some of the best in town. There is also plenty of wine available, but don’t start mixing those drinks now.
6. The Red Lion
Leave the town centre behind and head to Waterpoint Road for a quick one in The Red Lion, one of a number of small pubs on the same road. The owners here are particularly friendly and good for a long chat, but pub crawls and long chats don’t mix. Besides, its time to get to the Ocean Village.
7. The Ship
The Ocean Village is Gibraltar’s most modern part, although that should be clear to any and all that step foot within it. The Ship retains its pub-atmosphere though, with crips draught beer and one of the best fry-ups in town.
You know what, we’re going to call it a night here. That’s what tends to happen at Bruno’s, anyway. The tap selection is the best in Gibraltar and there are even some craft options, making this the best place in Gib for modern beer lovers. There is also plenty of space to bust a move, although don’t do anything too silly now. Eight pubs is enough moving around for us, so stick to Bruno’s for the rest of the night and enjoy yourself.