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Liceo is one of Málaga's most venerable and popular nightspots. It has been a regular in the nightlife scene since 1993, and as a nightclub offers one of the most individual and stylish venues in town. While it has all the lighting, design, sound system and atmosphere of a good nightclub, all of this is adapted to the host building, which is none other than a 19th Century Palace. So you have fabulous high ceilinged rooms, each with a bar, opulent and spectacular chandaliers and the original stucco plaster work of the palace. Chandaliers have become fashionable of late, but here they actually look like they would have been here when the place was first built! It occupies two floors of the original palace, which had lain abandoned since the Malaga provincial government left in 1966. It was taken over by two young entrepreneurs in 1993, and they still run it to this day.
If you want to combine drinks and dancing with easy atmosphere in the palatial style, then go to the nightclub in a palace.
Liceo opens on Friday and Saturday nights only, but often hosts special events, receptions, parties and exhibitions. Recently it has become the Malaga home for Los Amayas, the flamenco show based around Pablo Picasso, that is performed twice nightly, seven days a week.
Doors open at 11pm every weekend, until 7am. You can make table reservations if you please. Liceo however is actually pretty relaxed and informal. The crowd is very mixed from twenty somethings upwards, who come to mingle and hang out in any of the five different rooms, each with a full bar. Upstairs has a DJ playing a wide range of popular RnB, electro and pop sounds, while music downstairs is more Spanish pop and Latin oriented. It's as much a bar for drinks as it is for dancing. The entrance fee includes your first drink.
As a Malaga institution, the bar is regularly the host for receptions during the Malaga film festival, and is a popular hang-out of the Malaga media set and fashionistas. It was fully renovated in 2011 by interior designer Juan José Taillefer, who has carefully placed the modern elements to complement the 1870's original decor. The palace was constructed in 1891 as a family home. It was a government building for forty years, and then abandoned until 1993. Since then it has been one of the cornerstones of Malaga nightlife.
It's located very centrally down the long street of Beatas, in the pedestrianised centre. I travelling by car you'll need to park in one of the many city centre car parks, as there is no on-street parking in any of the old town.
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