This was close to tex mex-bar we went the same night, so we popped in. It felt more like a "real" pub than those in the Strand. I think if would have been closer to our hotel, we might have visited it more. Allthough there was the same problem as in allmost all the bars! Don´t the locals have any other intrests than football??!! Sorry football-fans, but we hate football, we hate places with tv "screaming" sports.. This was a problem for us in Malta. We didn´t allways know where to go, when every place had loud tv. So we just ried to see when there was no game on. But it wasn´t very easy. Looks like the locals watch every single game they can, not only the biggest ones. So Malta at daytime was better for us, tha Malta at nightlife ;)
If it would have been little warmer (it was at march) we could have sat outside.
By the way: Toilets are upstairs, very high and steep stairs. Wouln´t want to be too drunk for going ;)
Staff was friendly. Luckily the game stopped quite soon, when we arrived.
Dress Code: No dresscode.
We felt this more realxed than some other places at the street, and it was big enough to find a table. It also had some beers to choose from (sorry locals, but Cisk isn´t that good if you ask me) icluding local Hopleaf and Blue label, witch were o.k.,but nothing really special. You could also have wine by glass for 2 eur and of course drinks. My husband was happy to see that Gin Tonic was only 2,20eur! Maybe it could have been smaller than in Finland, where you pay 6eur for that usually ;)
Staff was mostly friendly, and became more friendlier, more often we went ;)
Music was mostly playing also the time of football matches, witch pleased us, who couldn´t care less about football. Sometimes they had good rock, sometimes boring MTV-music.
Maybe the main thing for us was the location also. The last bus ferom St. Julians came at 23.00 ,so we usually took it every other night than saturday. (Maybe there are more buses at summer-nights).
They do have food also, but we never ate there. Looks o.k. from neighbour table.
They do have computrs with internet. Live music at some nights.
Dress Code: No dresscode. All kinds of people, all ages.
We went to La Rive, Cafe and Wine Bar without great expectations... especially because it also doubled as an Italian restaurant but looked/smelled very little Italian. We were looking for a good mojito - the one with "real" rhum - not bacardi - and preferably dark rhum. To our surprised they made it as we asked it - without discussion. And a pretty decent mojito it was.
Dress Code: Casual
This bar is named after Lady Di and it is situated quite close to the Strand and the shopping area in Sliema. The place is more on the side of Tigne Point and it is in a corner. The place serves beer and any drink. I like this place as you can sit down and talk and the music is not so loud.
Dress Code: Casual
This is situated on the main road that joins Sliema with St.Julians just very close to the Balluta Church and Piccolo Padre. The place is ideal for Winter. This place serves beer and all kinds of drinks. I like this place alot especially when I sit upstairs as the section upstairs overlooks the circular bar downstairs. I also like the music that they play as usually they rock music even though at times the music does change a bit.
Dress Code: Casual
As with the cafes mentioned elsewhere, the seafront is lined with bars of one type or another. Some are quite dark "hole in the wall" type of places, while others are more modern, bordering on being discos. On the whole they sell the same old beers, mostly from the (local) Farsons stable with Carlsberg, Lowenbrau, Guinness and Fosters thrown into the mix. The beer is not really anything to get excited about, but put that aside and the bars are on the most part very nice. Always friendly and often selling good basic meals.
At this place you can eat and have a drink. The food is really good ! At this place you can sit down but you can also sit down comfy on sofas and watch sports ! It's quite a relaxed place to go however on Saturdays it is quite packed !
Dress Code: casual
Ta' Bajri Wine bar is one of my favorite wine bars as it is a very relaxing place to go especially during the week ! One can sit inside and even outside during the Summer period. The owner is really friendly and serves snacks with the drinks. What I love is the fruit wine which is only about 40c a glass. They serve blackcurrent wine and orange flavoured wine which is served chilled obviously then he serves also local wine and other drinks!
Dress Code: Jeans or Trousers - Casual !
Well, this is one of my favorite places as its quite easy to park and this place is in Sliema that is it is out of St.Julians where it is always packed with people. Mind you, Black Gold is a very popular however, it is a different scene to the usual places the same people usually go. This is a very relaxed place however at times its hard to find place. There is also seating outside too. Here, you can watch football, have a drink and also eat fastfood like burger and chips, pizza, pasta, chicken and meat.
Dress Code: You can come in shorts during the day ...however usually people wear jeans and a top.
A good idea to spend some time at night is to go for a walk along the Strand Promenade... there are magnificent views over La Valletta and its churches and buildings lit at night.
Dress Code: As you wish