The Mediterranean Conference Centre, located near Fort St Elmo, was once the "Sacra Imfermeria" of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, and at that time was considered to be one of the best hospitals in Europe. It has now been restored and is the place where many outstanding musical performances and concerts, such as the Song For Europe Festival and shows by the Yada Dance Company, are held. This show, of the Yada Dance Co, was one of the performances I went and I assure you, you will not be disappointed if you go, especially if one of the dancers is Jes Sciberras, one of the best dancers in Malta and a friend of mine as well :)
At the website below there is a very interesting write up on the history of the centre and also the performance calendar.
This is a dancing club within the Black Pearl ship in Msida. It is just one level below the restaurant.
Music is played by DJ.
Keep in mind that all clubs, cafes and restaurants in Malta are non-smoking!!!!!!
At the Manoel Theatre you can see local and international performances of opera, drama, comedy and music. Go to the website below for a detailed list of the performance calendar, including prices and time of performances.
There is also a restaurant, lunch bar at the courtyard and a very interesting museum.
This place is ideal to meet up with friends for a drink and a light snack. The place can get very stuffy as it is small. You an have baguettes, small pasta dishes, sandwiches, dips and other light snacks.
Dress Code: Casual Smart even though some guys wear jeans
This place is a rennovated underground cellar. Even though the place is quite stuffy however it is very big. This place is ideal for huge parties and gatherings even though on saturday it is a place where many young people hang out.
Here they serve loads of various wines and drinks. One can also have dips which are very generous servings and at times they even top up the veggies once they finish.
Dress Code: Casual Smart but at times guys wear jeans
The amazing and historical Manoel Theatre is not he only theatre in Valletta.
One of the first structures to be constructed within the city walls was the Cavalier of St James. The purpose of the Cavalier was to provide raised gun-platforms to counteract land attacks. It was a utilitarian building, indicative and typical of its military strategic function. The building has found a new use, that of a Centre for Creativity.
While the Manoel theatre is more mainstream in it's programme, St James does alternative stuff. We have watched a few World Cinema films (at less than LM3 a film, it was real value for money!) and seen some very interesting local theatre productions.
Dress Code: Casual
Rock Cafe is another hot spots at the Valletta Waterfront, a place for drinking, dining as well as partying but I admit, I did not spent my time or money here.
Valletta Waterfront is a good spot for nightlife, a location by the sea with many bars and restaurants and it is the best place to hang around and also to socialise with the locales.
There isn't much of a nightlife in Valletta but you can watch a good film at the Embassy Shopping Complex and the prices are cheaper than those of St Julians!
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