Honestly, give me a good old Maltese bar over your fancy champagne and gin bars and five star restaurants any day. There’s nothing like sharing a bottomless plate of ħobż biż-żejt and one too many pints of Cisk with your friends over the din of Maltese gossip.
These are 13 typical Maltese bars we’d hate to see lose the battle against over development. Here’s hoping they stand strong against the test of time for many, many more years.
Triq Birbal, Ħal Balzan
The classic of classics. Expect cheap drinks, free food, and loud people.
2. The Pub
Archbishop Street, Valletta
This iconic Valletta landmark is best known for being the place Mr Oliver Reed had his very last drink.
3. Zion Reggae Bar
Near St. Thomas Bay, Marsaskala
Classic reggae tunes and summer nights go hand-in-hand at this legendary hang out.
4. Lady Di Bar
Hughes Hallett Street, Sliema
The only thing more English than this bar’s name, is its clientele.
5. Hole In The Wall
High Street, Sliema
One of Sliema’s oldest pubs may have recently been given a makeover, but it still stands strong for its original love of live music and all things indie.
Triq il-Vittorja, Mġarr (Gozo)
A fisherman’s bar through and through. From the decor, to the dishes, to the patrons.
7. Tony’s Bar
Main Street, St. Julian’s
Neighbour to the iconic late Saddles, Tony’s is the perfect spot for some pre-Paceville eats and drinks on the cheap.
Howard Street, Sliema
Not a bar, not a confectioner’s. But both. Reno’s is an iconic spot for all Sliema residents, past and present.
9. City Of London
Triq il-Kbira, St. Julian’s
Pass us a pint and a pack of cards, please. Say that five times fast.
10. Paradise Exiles
Just off Tower Street, Sliema
More affectionately known as ‘Shack’ by the regulars, Paradise Exiles has also recently been given a bit of a face lift. The perfect summer hang out for a quick round of drinks and some funky live music.
Triq Marsamxett, Valletta
Overlooking the sea by the capital, Gunpost Bar is a great place for a mega family reunion. Its practically like being on your own parapett.
Triq il-Lanċa, Valletta
This cosy bar at the very bottom of Valletta is an iconic LGBTQ+ hangout and overall just a great place to gather your friends for a night of drinking and dancing. If you’re lucky you can even control the playlist yourself. And costume parties are big there.
13. Charles Bar
Triq Maestro Giuseppe Camilleri, Swatar
Another great spot to hang out with friends and share a few pints over some free bar food.
BONUS: Black Gold
The Strand, Gzira
We’ll sadly have to say goodbye to Black Gold as they get ready to close their doors, but rest assured; it belongs in this list.