The Costa del Sol nightclub scene might be stretched all across the area, but the best bars and pubs are still centred in magical Málaga. The spectrum is as impressive as it is exciting, with wine bars sat next to old fashioned pubs with cocktail bars, live music venues and lord knows what else all around.
We always like the seek out the oldest place in town, and Antigua Casa de Guardia takes that trophy in Málaga. It was established way back in 1840, which is approximately ages ago, and has been a steady presence on the Málaga drinking scene ever since. They say it was Picasso’s favourite bar, another great reason to pay it a visit.
Open since 1991, ZZ Pub is about as down to earth as Málaga gets. This is a boozing hole, make no mistake about it, a delightful dive bar with plenty of live music on the calendar. This is the sort of place we try to find out in every city we cover, as the almost universal familiarity of it all is a great way to get into a city. ZZ Pub ticks so many of our boxes.
With great wine and delectable tapas with which to enjoy it, Vineria Cervantes knows exactly what it is doing and does it extremely well. The wine is available by the glass, and it was here that we first noticed the simultaneous choreography of sampling local wines with a wide range of tapas dishes. We may have overdone it. Vineria Cervantes is a mighty social place to boot.
Quirky, to say the least. One of the premier cocktail bars in Málaga, The Pharmacy (a speakeasy, don’t you know) is a colourful and cheery place to spend the night, slowly working your way through the inventive list of concoctions until you forget the passcode to your smart phone and end up helping the staff clean up. If it is truly possible to be high class and down to earth, The Pharmacy understands how.
The invisible house (you don’t need to be a Spanish scholar to work that out) is located down a little alleyway and does take some seeking out, but it is well worth the getting lost and found again. As much a cultural centre as a bar, this little patio area is a great place to spy on the creatives of Málaga with a beer or wine in hand.