Wanna party? Here’s your ultimate guide to nightlife in Malta and Gozo
A night out in Malta is a night to remember.

Emma Galea

The nightlife industry in Malta has been witnessing pretty impressive growth in the past couple of years, although navigating through it as a tourist or newcomer can still be pretty tricky.

With bar, pub, and club hotspots scattered all over the islands, here are a couple of insider tips, tricks, and hints that will help you make the most of your nights in Malta and Gozo. Here we go!


The best-known place for nightlife in Malta is, undoubtedly, Paceville. Located right in the heart of St Julian’s, this spot is home to a never-ending array of clubs and bars, all of which are full to the brim with people from all walks of life on pretty much evert single weekend.

The bars and pubs in Paceville usually are usually open all throughout the week and keep welcoming customers until the early hours of the morning. Most bars in the area also have ‘happy hours’ in the afternoon, making Paceville a noteworthy place to visit outside of its most popular hours.

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Saint Julian’s / Sliema / Gzira coast:

If you love socialising but want to avoid Paceville’s chaos, then we highly recommend checking out the plethora of bars found along the Saint Julian’s / Sliema / Gzira coast. Most establishments here host happy hours too, which you can enjoy whilst taking in breath-taking views of the surrounding sea.

Later at night, some bars along the coast – such as Surfside and the Exiles Beach Club – transform into full-blown clubs, blasting music for dozens of happy dancers to enjoy. These two spots also host parties quite frequently, so if you’re down for some beach-side fun, keep your eyes peeled!


The historic capital has recently undergone a bit of a ‘nightlife renaissance’, if you will, with many new watering holes opening their doors.

From spots that blur the line between bar and club to classy establishments hidden within historic buildings, Valletta caters to both ends of the nightclub spectrum.

Xlendi, Gozo:

Gozo is different from Malta in a lot of ways, and the nightlife scene is one of them. For starters, the sister island is far quieter and more peaceful, but with that being said, it still is home to a handful of nightlife hubs.

A popular spot with locals is the Grotta Club, located right in the heart of the Xlendi Valley, open every Saturday all summer long. There are also a few bars overlooking the sea down the road, perfect for a bit of pre-drinking with friends.

Mgarr Harbour, Gozo:

If you’re more of a bar type of person, head down to the Mgarr Harbour during the weekend and check out Glen Eagle’s Bar of Horatio’s – the perfect places for cheap and chill drinks. These two spots are also home to some stunning views of the nearby harbour.

BONUS: Traditional Maltese Feasts:

Whilst feasts might not seem like the most obvious of choices – particularly because of their close connection with Christianity – these traditional events are the perfect opportunities for a fun night out with locals.

There’s a feast going down practically every weekend in summer, most of which come with huge street parties.

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21st August 2022

Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as many films as she possibly can!

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