Marbella has always been a popular place for nightlife. Over the past few years I think we would struggle to find an edition of any top gossip and fashion magazine where Marbella is not mentioned. All the reality TV Stars have been flocking here the past few summers being photographed stumbling out of the beach clubs, bars and nightclubs. Whilst Marbella is mentioned, many of the places these people go to are actually in Puerto Banus.
During the summer you have to go out late …really late! A normal time to book a table to eat is around 10:00pm, although you will find people eating at 11pm or even midnight. By the time you have finished dinner and drinks, the nightclubs will be open where you can dance the night away until the early hours of the next morning.
Why so late? Because it´s just so hot! The Spanish really do make use of their whole day. They normally stay at the beach all day, go home around 8pm / 9pm when the sun goes down. Then its time for a late siesta if they haven’t taken one already before starting to get dolled up once it´s cooled down. Putting your makeup on and trying to squeeze into that lycra dress at 90 degrees isn´t fun!
Depending on what your taste is like, I’m sure there is something for you. For the younger crowd Puerto Banus is more popular for nightlife and the second row back from the Port is full of bars which attract the younger crowd. Dreamers Night Club in Puerto Banus which is next to Thai Gallery opposite El Corte Ingles (across the N340) is also a very popular place.
If you read all the Gossip Magazines, you will probably have heard of La Sala. La Sala is at the Entrance to Puerto Banus and is an extremely “In” place, for people of all ages. You can eat there, take a snack or just go for drinks. Always busy!
If you want to stick to the Marbella area, then there is a range of bars and small clubs around Marbella Old Town & Marbella Port, as well as these more popular clubs listed below.
Suite Puente Romano. One of our favourite nights out is Suite at the Puente Romano Hotel. In the summer months, Suite is set on the beach front. During the winter months, Suite is located inside the Hotel. We have been to Suite a few times and always enjoyed it. The crowd varies in age from very young to grandparents. This is one of our loves of Spain, the whole family can be seen clubbing. There normally isn´t an entrance fee. Depending on the night the music varies, but generally really good. The negative is that the drinks are expensive. You are looking around 15€uros a drink. If you are in a large group, you may be better taking a table where you buy the bottles but all the mixers are free. You can also have dinner here beforehand ensuring that you have a table to sit at for the rest of the night. Website for Suite Del Mar, Marbella.
Olivia Valeres. This is the original club of Marbella. Full of bling….you could wear absolutely anything and it won’t be over the top.. Oliva Valeres does normally charge an entrance fee which includes a drink. Drinks are very expensive (around €20-30 per drink). Like Suite, there is also a restaurant attached called Babylonia which we have heard some great comments about.. We haven´t been to Olivia Valeres since we have lived here, my memories are lots of old men and very young women, I have heard not much has changed. But like all places, you really should try it once for yourself. Here is the website for Olivia Valere, Marbella.
Another popular place is Funky Buddha which is located in a very residential area in Nagueles, just off the Golden Mile.
Marbella Port area has had a big makeover and this is also a popular place to go for drinking, dancing and maybe even a bit of karaoke!
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