One of the reasons why the Maltese islands are such a popular tourist destination is that Maltese nightlife caters very well for a wide cross-section of holiday-maker. In addition to the typical entertainment found in most of the hotels, Malta nightlife is taken up by a variety of options which includes a theatre, casinos, cinemas, discos and bars of all sorts including piano bars, cabaret spots and colourful folk-dancing shows.
During the summer months visitors will be fortunate enough to be able to sample many of the cultural events that take place annually. These include the International Jazz Festival which takes place in July, the Summer Malta Arts Festival, the Valletta Baroque Festival and the Choir Festival just to name a few. Major rock and music concerts are also arranged on a regular basis, these proving to be popular with locals and tourists alike.
A visit to Malta would not be complete if it did not include the experience of a Village Festa (Festival). The Festa season starts two weeks after Easter with the feast of St Publious in Floriana, and continues through until September. Every parish will have a Festa at some point during the season; a 5 day celebration of its patron saint’s feast day taking in a weekend of non-stop action. Lots of colourful flags together with the crackling and smoke of fireworks always mark the occasion.
For an idea of the variety on offer take a look at the Calendar of Events for 2012.
If really loud music and a lively atmosphere is what you are after then you need to head off to the many music bars of Paceville and St George’s Bay. There are some really excellent high-tech clubs here with advanced sound systems and the many food stops in the area ensure that you don’t have to go hungry. Beware though; this once quiet residential area is not for the faint hearted once the volume gets turned up and the party starts to rock. Weekend nights are particularly lively with a charged up and fun atmosphere. A number of the nightclubs are frequently visited by famous DJ stars.
Paceville is easily reachable from most places in Malta through the regular bus networks. Extra buses are usually run on weekends in order to cater for the additional visitors.
For a calmer and quieter nightlife experience head towards the upmarket area of St. Julians’s. Over the last few years this area has developed into being one of the most popular tourist spots. Here you will find restaurants to satisfy all budgets and tastes, many of them having terraces and views over the bay. The Portomaso Marina in the area is particularly impressive and here you are able to obtain a fine meal, or a drink, whilst perusing some of the fine boats that are tied up. Nearby you will also find the Dragonara casino should you fancy a flutter.
Irrespective of where you stay in Malta you will be able to find some form of nightlife. All the major tourist areas have something to offer and areas not so far mentioned such as Bugibba, Mellieha, Marsascala and Sliema have numerous bars and restaurants. Valletta is a little quiet in the evening although you will still be able to find somewhere for a meal or a drink.
Over in Gozo things tend to be a little quieter, as you would probably expect. However, resorts such as Xlendi and Marsalforn have a good choice of bars and restaurants together with a handful of disco venues.
Wherever you stay in the Maltese islands you will be able to find some form of Malta nightlife to keep you entertained. But if at any time nothing appeals a simple walk in the warm Maltese air takes some beating!