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Leisure and Entertainment Options
Restaurants and Bars.
You are never far from a restaurant or bar, wherever you are on the Maltese Islands. All forms of cuisine are served, for all tastes. There is a concentration of restaurants in the Sliema/St. Julians area, Bugibba/Qawra/St. Paul’s Bay, Valletta, Mellieha, Marsascala, Marsaxlokk, Mdina and Rabat. If you want to try something different, go to a restaurant in one of the smaller villages such as Mgarr or Bahrija, where the main dish, out of a very short list of options, is rabbit. The restaurant might not be very classy, and the service very casual, but the experience is “different”, the food is normally abundant and tasty, accompanied by Maltese cheeses and wine.
Bars come in all forms too, from village bars serving wizened old men tea in large glasses, to super-trendy music and themed bars for the young set.
Cafe’s can be found in most towns, especially in Sliema/St Julians, the St Paul’s Bay area and Valletta, and of course all tourist areas around Malta and Gozo. Some cafe’s in Valletta are historic, and many offer open-air seating, plus excellent coffee and a wide selection of sweets and snacks.
Cinemas in Malta and Gozo screen the latest films in modern auditoria. Cinema complexes are located in St. Georges Bay, St Julians (also an IMAX theatre), Valletta, Fgura, Marsascala and Bugibba. In Gozo there is a cinema just outside the Cittadella.
There are three casinos in Malta (none in Gozo). The Dragonara Casino is the oldest established, situated in St. Julians. The Oracle Casino is in Bugibba, and the Casino’ Di Venezia in the restored Scamps Palace, Vittoriosa Waterfront.
Clubbing and Discotheques.
There is a very active clubbing and dancing scene in Malta and Gozo. A number of clubs can truly be considered to international city standards, and entrance fees where applicable are very reasonable. The area of St. Julians known as Paceville is the hot spot for clubbing in Malta, while in Gozo Victoria and nearby Xlendi offer entertainment options. Don’t visit early though, as things start moving around 11pm or later, and outside of the summer season, clubbing is very much a weekend thing. In summer, a number of open-air venues also become a part of the scene. Parties, with internationally renowned DJ’s are held regularly at various locations in Malta and Gozo, again especially during summer, check any of the entertainment websites for scheduled activities.
Mostly during the summer, pretty much every week one or more villages or towns will be celebrating it’s patron saint’s feast (some places have more than one patron saint, and some saint’s feasts are celebrated in more than one place, so the timetable is hectic!). Quite an experience, the religious aspect with the highly impressive church decorations, processions and displays of devotion, the brass band followed through the streets by the enthusiasts, and last but not least the dramatic fireworks display on the eve. Plus the open-air party atmosphere, especially just outside the local watering holes, to make it all come together.
Try Bowling (St. Julians), Bingo (Bugibba), play a game of American Pool, Snooker or Darts at a pub or a village band club or political party club premises.
Main Entertainment Centres in Malta and Gozo
Strictly not an exclusive list. All villages and towns have local bars, some of which may also be very popular and highly frequented by non-locals, and most villages/towns in Malta also boast restaurants / cafe’s, some restaurants in particular being renowned for their cuisine. Below therefore are listed only areas where quite a choice of venues is offered.
Paceville, St Julians – Clubs, restaurants, bars, cinemas, cafe’s, casino, bowling. Malta’s night-time entertainment centre. The St. George’s Bay area offers options for families, too, not just the late-nighters.
Sliema – Restaurants, cafe’s, bars.
Valletta – Restaurants, cafe’s, cinemas, bars, trendy wine bars. Not so much a “late” venue.
St Paul’s Bay area – Qawra, Bugibba – Restaurants, bars and pubs, cafe’s, clubs (not as hot as Paceville), casino, bingo.
Marsascala – Restaurants, bars, cafe’s, cinemas. Play area for children with slides, swings, etc.
Mellieha – Restaurants, bars, cafe’s.
Marsaxlokk – Restaurants, cafe’s.
Mdina/Rabat – Restaurants, cafe’s.
Birzebbugia – Restaurants, cafe’s.
Gozo – Victoria – Restaurants, cafe’s, bars, clubs, cinemas.
Gozo – Marsalforn – Restaurants, cafe’s, bars.
Gozo – Xlendi – Restaurants, bars.
Gozo – Mgarr – Restaurants, bars.