Plaza de la Merced, Málaga
Plaza de la Merced is the meeting point for most of people to start to enjoy an evening on Málaga town center. Many bars, restaurants and cafeterias round there.
La plaza de la Merced es el punto de encuentro para la mayoría de los jovenes para empezar a disfrutar de la noche en el centro de Málaga. Hay varios bares, restaurantes y cafeterias en los alrededores.
Plaza de la Merced is a large plaza within walking distance of anywhere in El Centro. By day it is home of many internet cafes and also Picasso's birthplace. At night it becomes a giant gathering spot for the single. It doesn't get "real" until about 1 in the morning. The young people gather in big clusers and walk around the plaza looking for old friends or making new ones. From there you can discover various small disqoteches in hidden alleyways where the new "couple" venture to dance until the sun comes up.
Dress Code: No dress code per se. However if heading to the disco afterward I would wear dark colored panted and shoes, no faded denim, khaki or tennis shoes.
When you are lucky and do a weekend trip to Málaga, then you just have to go to the Plaza. Thursdays, fridays and saturdays (and also the days before a holiday) it is the place where the party starts. It seems as if the whole youth of the city is reuniting there to drink a couple of drinks. It´s called "Botellón". To watch opther people drink and have fun it is really nice, if you stay in Málaga longer than a month it might become boring.
But - nevertheless - you have to be there at least once!
Dress Code: Wear whatever you like - since you are standing in the cold of the night, wear at least a scarf (only in winter time) - since you are going to a club afterwards - don´t wear any of you Sunday afternoon dresses!
The thing that really surprised us about the nightlife in Málaga was, when we asked our cab driver to take us to the hotspot in town, that he dropped us on one of the main squares in the center. We couldn´t see any big discotheques or anything although we did see some nice looking bars, but they were fairly empty. We decided to walk around a bit and when we returned a half hour later the square was completely filled with young people, just hanging around. Every group had a plastic bag with them which contained the liquor and a bottle of coke or some other soda. These bottles were mixed and everyone stood there, socializing away and drinking with their friends, while looking at other guys and girls.
For us this was very weird, but extremely enjoyable. At 1 o´clock in the morning the crowd dispersed itself and disappeared into the various bars and clubs in town.
Dress Code: Whatever you want, but remember: this is about seeing and being seen.
In Spain is very popular for everyone to "pre-party" but they do it in the best way. Everyone goes to the plaza with hundreds of people with there alcohol of choice, some glasses, a little ice, maybe a mixer all in a nice plastic bag. it is so great. it gives a new meaning to BYOB.