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Fancy a night on the town? Head to the best bars in Valletta


Valletta’s main streets are home to many well-established restaurants and cafés, but, in recent years, several quirky bars have been populating the city’s cobblestoned backstreets. No matter the season, you’ll find that these bars in Valletta have become many people’s destination of choice for an effortlessly elegant evening in the city.


Valletta, Malta’s capital city offers a mix of high-end bars and casual pubs. So, if you’re reluctant to choose just one, bar hopping is the perfect way to spend your holidays in Malta. Take a look at these top bars in Valletta, all of which are located in the vicinity of AX The Saint John, and start hopping the night away!


Cheeky Monkey Gastropub

The perfect place to start and end your bar-hopping experience is at the Cheeky Monkey Gastropub. With an utterly cheeky drinks menu, this is the place where getting drunk is not just permitted, but also encouraged. Don’t worry, if you don’t want your night to end before it even begins, they also serve a delicious selection of nibbles, mains and plates to share, which will certainly keep you going for the rest of the night.

Bars in Valletta - Cheeky Monkey

Bridge Bar

This popular jazz bar is located on one of the most picturesque streets in Valletta, right next to St Barbara’s Bastions. With a cosy atmosphere and a great choice of drinks, Bridge Bar attracts many people all year round. During the warmer months, you’ll find the guests flooding the steps leading to the bar, while enjoying their drinks on cushions placed on the outdoor staircase too.

Bridge Bar, Valletta

Yard 32

If you’re a gin lover like the rest of us, head to the beginning of Strait Street. Here, you’ll find a Spanish bar called Yard 32, which serves the widest selection of gin in Malta. A proper gin bar with over 180 brands, Yard 32 prides itself on offering only the best quality drinks. So, if you’re not adventurous with your gin, move along to the next one…

Bars in Valletta - Yard 32


Make your way through Strait Street, Malta’s old ‘red light district’, and you’ll find another interesting looking bar with every two steps you take. Around mid-way through Strait Street lies Tico-Tico, one of the best bars in Valletta that lives up to the street’s infamous history. Red velvet armchairs line the narrow passage outside the bar, and the interiors are adorned with images of pin-ups. Lots of locals hang around this bar, and it’s likely to get quite noisy late at night.

Bars in Valletta - Tico Tico

Alchemy Cocktail Bar

The last Strait Street bar to make the list is Alchemy Cocktail Bar. Located at the opposite end of the road, Alchemy is the place to go if you’re looking for creative, delicious and somewhat surprising cocktails. Their menu features a blend of high-end ingredients and their expert mixologists give an innovative twist to the classics. They’ve also recently introduced a vegan cocktail menu to cater for all their customers’ needs.

Bars in Valletta - Alchemy

Café Society

Another local favourite is Café Society. Describing itself as ‘The wrong place for the right people’, Café Society is a trendy hang-out for free-spirits. With regular live DJ sets and acoustic performances, this hip bar always has customers spilling out onto the tables and staircase outside its doors. Their cocktails are delicious and they serve some great craft beers, too.

Bars in Valletta - Cafe Society

With so many places to choose from, you might need to spend more than one evening in the city. Book your stay at AX The Saint John today to make it to one of the best bars in Valletta!


Photo Credits go to Bridge Bar, Yard 32, Tico-Tico, Alchemy Cocktail Bar & Cafe Society