If you've been to the Battle of Malta before you know it's not only about coming to the Portomaso Casino to play poker.
For some that's even just the side dish to the REAL centerpiece of the BOM - the parties off the tables.
With a spectacular setting and the kind of climate that demands regular stops at each seaside kiosk for a quick sip it's very hard not to get in the spirit of good times.
After a hard day at the tables - and with the new Betting Connections bar and lounge within arm's reach - a cocktail is also usually just the ticket.
If you want to carry on into the wee hours Malta's second-to-none nightlife offers you no shortage of options. Here are a few to keep in mind:
The Best Bars and Nightlife in Malta
Level 22 is a great way to start your night off because it is literally next-door to the casino and because its popularity amongst Malta locals makes it a regular stop on any night out.
Sure, it's slightly worn out after the action it sees every night, but see it like this: Level 22 is a (not too fancy) lounge bar offering the unique chance of sipping a good glass of wine or cocktail in Malta's highest building, the Portomaso Business Tower.
Not a bad idea, right?
Home to the first Battle of Malta VIP party Level 22 is right there where the tournament is and since you can be inside sipping a drink less than 5 minutes after leaving your table … well, it would be just wrong not to try it.
Those who've been in St Julian’s at least once already know how lounge bar BarCelona is one of those spots the poker community never misses to hit.
This classy lounge bar is right off Paceville's main clubbing street and is known both for ome of the best tasting (and looking) cocktails in Malta and for being a great choice for who want to experience Malta’s nightlife without jumping into the heart of Paceville’s madness.
Home of the last WPT Malta players party BarCelona is a perfect spot for meeting with the “coolest” part of Malta’s expat community – definitely the one you want to to get into if you're planning to stay on the island and play poker full time.
If you are not THAT lazy to consider going somewhere other than Level 22, just head to BarCelona to enjoy its cocktails and its nice-looking crowd of hip regs.
Hugo’s and Shadow
Hugo’s and Shadow are two of the most recognized icons of Malta’s nightlife.
Even if their musical selection, their shots-drinking teenage crowd and the very relaxed dress code might make them look like yet another ordinary commercial club, both places decided try upping their fancy quotient by adding a “lounge” in their name.
But if you're under 30, ready to party hard and looking for a casual club to show off your dancing skills, these are indeed the two best picks for you.
Just, remember: Malta is not Vegas – so, what happens in Malta usually goes around Europe at the speed of light.
Leave the casino behind you, cross the road, go right and head down to the first set of stairs you find. If you like luxury and elegance, you will then find the best spot for you: Tiffany.
This champagne and cigar room situated right on charming Portomaso Marina is one of those truly exclusive spots everyone fancying a classy drink should head to.
With a selection of over 300 wines and 50 champagnes – not to mention its fabulous grappas and whiskeys - Tiffany is located in one of the island’s most exclusive areas and combines an internationally acclaimed interior design with a charming terrace right on Portomaso Bay and its fancy yachts.
If you're short of ideas for where to go on a Friday in Malta and also happen to be a jazz lover, then Tiffany’s Jazz-Fridays might be the perfect pick for you. Just don't forget to bring your credit card with you.
Going to Malta without sitting on Juuls' stairs to enjoy its international crowd and one of its drinks is the same as visiting Paris without going out around Bastille or staying in Brussels without mixing with the Saint-Géry melting pot.
In other words, it would simply be wrong.
This small reggae bar hidden a few meters away from Spinola Bay is one of St Julian's busiest spots and attracts a very relaxed crowd made up of anything from Erasmus students to local hipsters and Scandinavians with more gel than hair on their heads.
A true legend of Malta’s nightlife Juuls keeps seducing an impressive amount of regulars and newcomers with its amazing Bomboklaat Mojito – an incredibly tasty and refreshing mojito with a special touch of fresh strawberries.