About Bars & Nightlife in Mallorca
There’s an eclectic mix of lively bars and nightclubs to be found around Mallorca to accommodate its equally diverse clientele. From young holiday-makers to yachting millionaires and everyone in between, you will find a bar to suit. The capital city Palma is the main hub as it is lively all year round, but the beach resorts provide plenty of bar and club choices when they come alive in the summer months.
Every village in Mallorca has a place for a drink, either a bar or restaurant usually set around the main square where you can enjoy refreshments with the locals. But if you are looking for something more lively, you'll need to head to one of the larger towns or resorts. The party can start as early or as late as you like, with beach clubs servicing the early starters and the night clubs keeping the party people happy.
Palma - Year-Round Partying
A city bursting with life 365 days of the year, Palma offers something for everyone when it comes to nightlife. Take a stroll around the Old Town, La Llonja and Santa Catalina to find the liveliest places, you'll stumble upon an abundance of local haunts that are open seven days a week. In the summertime, you cannot miss the buzz from the Paseo Marítimo down by the marina, with music blaring out from the mile-long stretch of bars and crowds of people overflowing onto the streets. There are also a number of British, Germans and Swedish in the city, so you have plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with fellow expats if this is what you want. Palma is also home to many yacht crews (or ‘yachties’) who keep the bars alive throughout the year.
Palma Old Town is generally considered to be the area around the cathedral, up to Placa d'Espanya. This area consists mainly of shops, but there are some neighbourhoods that you should explore if you are looking for bars that the Spanish frequent. There are some decent cocktail bars around Placa Mercat, whilst more authentic bars like Bar Espana and Molta Barra are up by Placa Major. You'll get some good tapas in these bars too.
In La Llonja, across Passeig Borne from the cathedral, there is a wider selection of international style bars. The tiny pedestrianised streets of Carrer de Jaume Ferrer, Sant Joan, La Llotja and Apuntadors are filled with small, independent bars with quirky interiors and friendly bar staff. It's worth exploring these alleys and seeing what you stumble upon. El Neo Gastro Bar has some of the best cocktails in the city, whilst Opio has DJ's and a party vibe. Bar Abaco should also be on your bucket list, it's one of Palma’s most illustrious bars famous for its beautiful courtyard setting. Agua is a Palma institution and hosts regular live rock music nights. Just up from here is Placa Drassana which is lined with bars and restaurants and is popular with yacht crews. For a quieter more sophisticated experience you will find more than enough classy cocktail lounges and patios within the boutique hotels in the area. De Tokio a Lima Restaurant & Bar, located inside Can Alomar Boutique Hotel on the famous shopping street Passeig des Born, is a great choice, as are Sant Francesc Hotel and Tres Boutique Hotel.
Another hot spot for nightlife in Palma is Santa Catalina. This district is just across Avinguda Argentina and has a great selection of international bars and restaurants. This is where you will find locals and expats alike overflowing onto the streets outside of LAB Cocktail Bar, La Havana Club and Hostal Cuba Bar, all within walking distance of each other. There are many bars in the area that offer quirky décor and innovative drinks menus, try Vintage Santa Catalina Cafe & Bar or Chakra Bar. Special mention to Ginbo, the original and best Gin Bar in Palma, you'll find it at the top of Avinguda Jaume III.
The bars in the old town tend to stay open until 1am or 2am, so if you are looking to extend your night, you'll have to head down towards the marina.
Beach Resorts - Summertime Fun
Mallorca's beach resorts liven up during the summer months. Within the notorious area of Magaluf in the south-west of the island, you will find streets lined with bars and clubs geared for those looking to party at all hours of the day and night during the peak holiday season. Whilst Magaluf is going through a revamp to transform it into a family-friendly resort, there are still enough bars to keep people coming back for more. S'Arenal (or Playa de Palma) is also a hotspot for night owls looking for a party in the summer months, attracting mainly the German youth. Port d'Alcudia in the north is probably the liveliest place in the area to play at night. There's a good selection of restaurants by the marina and a complex of music bars and nightclubs that are popular with visitors on Avinguda Tucan. Some of the other, smaller beach resorts such as Cala Ratjada, Santa Ponsa and Colonia St Jordi also have late bars and clubs that will keep you satisfied for one or two nights of your holiday.
Marinas & Ports - Luxury Nightlife
Some of the smarter marinas are bustling places to be during the summer months and tend to host the better quality restaurants and bars. The harbours provide a beautiful backdrop to dining al fresco. After dinner, you'll find just enough late-night bars with the odd dancefloor to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Port Adriano, Puerto Portals, Cala d'Or, Port de Soller and Port d'Andratx fall into this category.
Fiestas & Festivals - Summer Parties
During the summer, many of the resorts and villages hold fiestas, and during these, there is generally one or two nights dedicated to live music, parties and fireworks. These are great fun and should form part of your holiday experience! Look out for any fiestas that are on during your stay by checking our Events Calendar when you arrive.