Handpicked by a Malaga Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top 5 Bars in Malaga'.

Alcazaba Premium Hostel roof terrace

This premium hostel right under the walls of the Alcazaba Palace has a terrific, hip roof terrace with legendary cocktails. Very stylish, great views and very central, its a really cool hangout after a long hot day.  ...

Antigua Casa de Guardia

This extraordinary small bar with its old barrels and dense yeasty fruity aroma is Málaga's most iconic bar by a clear mile. Founded in 1840 by a leading winemaker and vintner, Don Jose de Guardia, they even received a royal warrant from Queen Isabel II to provide wines. Mr Guardia relinquished control of the bar in 1865, but all subsequent owners have respected the original name and indeed have ...

ZZ Pub

ZZPub is an institution in the Málaga live music scene. A small, funky, crowded bar with great sounds across all the genres and live bands five days a week. It's always free to get in, is open to until very late and never fails to be fun. Bands are invariably local bands but generally the best of them, and you'll always find rock, soul, swing, funk, blues and even punk going on during the month. ...

Bodega Bar El Pimpi

There are two great institutions when it comes to bars in Málaga. El Pimpi and the Antigua Casa de Guardia. Both have old barrels stacked up one on top of the other containing sweet and dry wines from local grapes, vermouths and liqueurs. El Pimpi is the bigger of the two and the younger, having been founded in 1971 in the cavernous belly of an 18th century mansion. The old storerooms are now a c...

El Muro

This small bar in the old town is typical of the more hip bars in town, eschewing as it does any connotations of corporateness or franchising. Its local in flavour, tiny in size, which means the patrons spill out all over the pavement in a convivial crowd until the early hours. There's plenty of craft beer available in bottles in the tiny bar, and the music is definitely not the dominant reggaeton...

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