Malta’s nightlife is unique and exciting, with a large choice of venues in close proximity and offering a new clubbing experience from what you’re used to back home. Nightlife in Malta consists mainly of clubs concentrated nearby St. Julian’s (in the Central/North part of Malta), referred to as Paceville, and open air clubs that are particularly popular on Friday and Sunday nights.
Paceville (St. Julian’s area) offers a wide array of clubs and bars to suit most musical tastes. All clubs are concentrated in the center of Paceville and the area’s always full of party people on weekends and radiates with energy. There’s something for everyone: trance clubs, R&B and hip-hop joints, salsa bars and alternative/rock bars. Besides clubs you’ll also find other kinds of entertainment in Paceville, including Malta’s largest cinema, a bowling alley, sports bars and gentlemen’s clubs.
Paceville is pretty easy to reach from practically anywhere in Malta by public transport. The cheapest way to get there is probably a trip by bus, although regular line buses do not cater for late night trips. There are very good alternatives though: Extra line buses depart from Paceville between midnight and 1am, with various destinations all over the island, and for those who prefer partying till the early hours of the morning the so-called “Free phone taxis” are a good option to keep in mind. This is a taxi service which offers grouped taxi rides at highly reduced rates!
Open air clubs in Malta
If you love clubbing then you should definitely not miss out on the fantastic open air parties that take place in a number of venues in Malta and Gozo. Look out for well-known clubs like Gianpula, Marrakech and Numero Uno. They’re not easy to reach by public transport, but hiring bus transport for the evening is not very expensive and well worth it!
Gianpula and Marrakech are open air clubs situated a more rural area, surrounded by fields, close to the old cities of Mdina and Rabat in the Eastern part of Malta. These clubs are based in the huge back yard of a classic villa and are divided up into multiple areas, to suit trance/club and R&B/Hip-hop fans alike. Both offer a great and friendly atmosphere, with Gianpula mostly catering for a younger audience (a popular Friday evening option) and Marrakech attracting more mature, relaxed clubbers on Saturdays.