Must-see nightlife in Canary Islands

  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    Part of the worldwide rock 'n' roll chain, with a buzzy vibe, music-themed decor and a stunning rooftop terrace with sea views beyond the palms. Regular…

  • El Faro


    On a jetty jutting out into the ocean, this swanky glass-walled bar is the top spot for a sunset cocktail. There's also a good beer menu and light snacks…

  • La Placeta

    Santa Cruz de la Palma

    With a large array of tables out on the cobbles, this peaceful restaurant-bar is a superb choice for some al fresco supping of chilled Cruzcampo or…

  • La Tierra


    Tucked away down a narrow cobbled lane, La Tierra is a great choice for drinks at the outdoor tables. There's a jam session every Wednesday and a language…

  • Mojito Beach Bar


    A relaxed, hip and colourful place thrown together just inches from the ocean with a menu of exotic mojitos.

  • Pacha


    A vast nightclub with big-name DJs. Admission is €15.

  • Restaurante Cafetería Dinámico

    Puerto de la Cruz

    Bars and cafes come and go in Puerto de la Cruz but the Dinámico has been around since the '50s in one form or another and has counted the Beatles and…

  • Colours Café

    Puerto de la Cruz

    Above a pizzeria on an energetic stretch of eateries along the western flank of Plaza Charco, this cocktail bar is the perfect spot to snag a window seat…

  • La Dolorosa

    Gran Canaria

    With its outdoor tables mere steps from the vast and vertiginous facade of the Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, and therefore with a rather dwarfing and epic…

  • Waikiki


    Although this popular place doubles as a restaurant during the day, the best time to come is when the sun goes down and a mix of surfers, party animals,…

  • Chiringuito del Mirador

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    This beach bar (and restaurant) has a sparkling summer-in-the-sun feel, with its glossy white furniture and decor contrasting with the deep blue of the…

  • Pachichi

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    This poky place puts little effort into its decor, but Bodega Don Juan Pachichi – generally shortened to just Pachichi – is a local institution and old…

  • Terraza Marquesa

    Puerto de la Cruz

    Fronting the same-named hotel, Terraza Marquesa, dating from 1712, has one of the most delightful terraces to sip a drink and people-watch. It overlooks…

  • Los Reunidos

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    This place draws an urban, chic crowd with its sprawling fashionable interior of exposed pipes, colourful cushions and wood seating. Excellent local wines…

  • Pub Gabbana

    La Laguna

    This heaving nightclub also draws crowds of warblers and crooners for its popular karaoke nights (and contests) – just in case you feel a Whitney Houston…

  • Monkey Beach Club

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    Right on the beachfront at Playa de Troya, this is a winning spot for a sundowner and gradually fills up with a hip, good-looking crowd who gather here to…

  • Strasse

    La Laguna

    Serving drinks for over 30 years, this moodily lit bar has a great range of cocktails and imported beers, plus giant-screen music videos and an atmosphere…

  • Tasca El Chavelazo

    El Hierro

    Opposite the town hall, this cavernous basement bar is Valverde's go-to night-time hangout (possibly the only one…), with moody lighting, thumping music,…

  • Tasca del Vino


    Duck into the sumptuous Hotel La Quinta Roja then double round the back to this delightful small bar located on a picturesque cobbled side street. Here…

  • Bodegón Lagunetas

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

    One of several tapas bars on this street, Bodegón Lagunetas also has a restaurant. Hang out in the bar with a caña (draught beer) and enjoy the…

  • Kiosco San Telmo

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    The antithesis of the brash drinking dens that still exist in this part of Tenerife, this simple wooden kiosk on the beach has all it needs to whip up a…

  • La Delicatezza

    Puerto del Carmen

    Amid bold pink-and-white decor or on a small sea-view terrace, La Delicatezza throws homemade ingredients into original, artfully presented cocktails (€8)…

  • La Pera Limonera

    La Laguna

    This convivial and contemporary tight-squeeze space is a decent choice for enjoying healthy fruit-and-veg juices or coffee. Savoury snacks and a selection…

  • Bar Zumería Doña Papaya

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    Serves delicious fresh fruit juices (€2 to €3.50), including strawberry, mango, papaya, avocado and various delectable combinations. Local workers also…

  • Dubliner

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    This Irish pub has a suitably blarney atmosphere, together with Guinness on tap and nightly live music provided by the accomplished and popular resident…

  • Cervecería San Miguel

    Puerto del Carmen

    A busy spot near the harbour for a plate of steamed mussels washed down with cold beer on tap, including Guinness, Paulaner and John Smith’s Bitter.

  • El Toston

    El Cotillo

    Doubling as a hamburger restaurant, this bar has a good perch in front of the cove. The full English breakfasts here are popular too.

  • Azucar

    Puerto de la Cruz

    This dark and sexy Latino nightclub goes on all night and is located in an atmospheric colonial building.

  • Bar Cacatúa

    La Gomera

    Live music, DJ sets and laid-back vibes on a leafy garden terrace just inland from Vueltas' harbour.

  • Pub Terraza Limbo

    Puerto de la Cruz

    Located over a restaurant and accessed via a traditional Canarian courtyard, this thumping nightclub has a series of atmospheric rooms offering varying…

  • Casablanca

    Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas & Costa Adeje

    A long-standing club at the western end of the Centro Comercial San Telmo.

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