Anyone visiting the beautiful Nerja obviously is in search of fun and sun. With that said, once the sun goes down, head to the Plaza de Tutti Frutti. Ask any local or consult a map, this area will be marked as it is THE nightspot destination of the town.
This is a really fun place to go - there are about 20-25 bars/nightclubs/pubs that encircle the plaza, with a very large open space in the middle. Here, all of the tourists and locals congregate and observe the various establishments and select which to enter. Some of the dance clubs have a cover fee, but most are open and free. This was some of the most fun I had while in Spain, as I met tons of other traveling students and young adults in the plaza looking to have a good time.
Dress Code: Anything goes- lots of beach casual, just casual nighttime garb.
Fanriffic, always has been, I just love the pic on the wall with all the beer barrels, totaly groovy. Met Elvis in here tis time and he told us of another establishment where music was played, he said it was a long way off but if we paid for the taxi he would guarentee us a night of exotic splendor never before realised in this life time, we said ok. He took us to Nerja Unplugged. It was miles away, by taxi, but stumbling distance on foot.
Also in Irish Annies this time, the best acoustic duo I've seen in yonks! Not sure what they were called but dem was fab.
Dress Code: Little green shorts, beards compulsary for ladies.
5 pages on bars of Nerja !
SOME of the many bars.
Page 1 starts here or Go to Page 2. Go to Page 3. Go to Page 4. Go to Page 5.
Map ref. No. 4. Unplugged (Not visited this bar yet)
This Index Page.
The Andrea Inn. Map ref. 15
Jago's. Map ref. 20
Durty Nellys. Map ref. 17
Bars that are closed or changed name.
Blue Lagoon. Map ref. 8
The Chapel. Map ref. 24
Barbados. Map ref. 7
El Bosque. Map ref. 9
Pie Inn the Sky. Map ref. 3
D.B.'s. Map ref. 18
The Anchor. Off map.
Bar Okey. Map ref. 27
Vinoleto. Map ref. 21
The Irish Harp. Map Ref. 23
The Speakeasy. Map ref. 14
The Smugglers. Map ref. 10
The Black and White. Map ref 31
The Acorn. Map ref. 22
The 19th Hole. Map ref. 11
Irish Annie's. Map ref. 5
The Ship. Map ref. 6
The Coach and Horses. Map ref. 16
Chanquete. Map ref. 2
El Paso. Off map.
El Molino (Bar Tipico). Map ref. 29
Cochran's. Off map.
Bar Martin. Map ref. 1
Bar Canterero. Off map.
Bar Malibu. Map ref 13
The Through Bar. (Cu?aos). Off map.
The Commy Bar. (Bilbainos). Off map.
Linda's Bar. Map ref. 12
Bar Turry. Off the map.
La Caba?a. Map ref. 30
Sinatra's Bar. Off map.
Bogey Bar. Map ref. 28
Legends. Map ref. 25 (CURRENTLY CLOSED)
Caribbean Cafe. Off map.
The Round Bar. Map ref. 32
Genesis. Off map.
The Fillmore. Map ref. 26 (CURRENTLY CLOSED - Aug 2005)
Sl?inte. Map ref. 31
The Hideaway. Map ref. 32
Sharp's bar. Off map.
Bars not yet visited.
A relatively new bar to open is The Andrea Inn. This used to be a German bar but is now very much a British Bar.
Opened on New Years day 2005, I was one of the first to go in. The owner being from Cornwall, I suggested Cornish pasties on the menu might be a good money spinner. He took me at my word and his pastries are now known all over Nerja. Not bad considering that his trade is a construction worker !
Beer is San Miguel on draught or in bottle and wines are the very tasty Liria Red (Tinto), White (Blanco) or Rose (Rosado). Guinness is available in 'widgit' cans.
A true cullinery story:
Pasties can travel well. A couple were in the Chapel bar, near to the Andrea and Mrs. X thought that her husband (Mr. X) had drank enough. He disagreed so she took his beer from him. He had just bought a pastie from the Andrea and it was wrapped in foil. Mr. X tried to regain his beer when his better half decided to hit him with the pastie. Still this did not work so she threw it at him.
He ducked.Not being stupid, he took the oportunity and left, and we looked for where the pastie had got to. It had bounced off the front window and then disapeared. We eventually found it in someones jacket pocket where the rickochet had delivered it.
So who says pasties can't travel. The pastie was unbroken and still edible as Mr. X found out when it was presented for his tea ! If anyone doubts this story, please ask at The Andrea Inn.
Good value for money.
A favourite with British ex Pats. Good chat and a cosy feel.
Cosy British pub. Definately worth a visit or two.
From mid day until late.
Level access but toilets are too narrow for a wheelchair.
This bar has changed hands recently, but fear not. I know who the new proprieter is ---ME !
Dress Code: Very casual.
(BTW. Pasty throwing is optional).
Splendid, super, smathing, great, cosmic, tremendous, rather more than slightly brill and a bit good as well. The cocktails.............Elvis loves the cocktails, Elvis says "try the cocktails" when Elvis says....ya gotta try it. There was a fantastic picture on the wall of plies and piles of beer barrels, proper art that!. Sandwiches are good as well. All in all, fanrific, as hong kong phoey will attest.
Dress Code: Cowboy hat and a bin bag
Elvis told me he gave up music becuase the house band were so good, then he had some Guiness and started again! Fantastic band, the drummer is like awsome dude! Always busy, well both time we ventured in. Elvis's favorite curry house just up the road. Could it be any easier to fall off the wagon of self improvement, mineral water and sensiable eating habits? No, it could not.
Dress Code: Leather jump suit
Elvis told me to visit this place, remember he's never wrong. It's dead good, spacious inside, spacious outside, loads of room. Big screen telly thing, pool table, cocktails(I think........) good beer, good place. Marks out of ten..super fab and groovy. Also it has portraits of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (between the legs of the dog, look close and you shall see!) Elvis often frequents this establishment and can be found speaking to the horse in the rear!
Dress Code: Gold lame cape and cane.
Bar Bogey, what a find... went there many times. Owned by Pepe (of course) ran by Francisco!!! Two guys with moustaches!! The more we went in the cheaper the drinks were!! Love these two guys!!! Closes about six to eight in the morning depending on how many people are there! Gay decor, gay people, This place is GAY! but bloody fun! Oh yeah Gary copped off with a 'girl' over Six foot tall, hairy arms, big adams apple! (photos to follow if I can get them off Gary). After Bar Bogey Pepe and Francisco always took us to another watering hole! Think they had different ideas!!! And Sean had a knife pulled out on him... the guy said 'i was just showing him the size of the blade' strange!
The latest bar to reopen is the Hideaway which used to be called the Robin Hood after closure and then just run by the Spanish owner whilst waiting for a buyer.
It has changed its name which is well suited to this bar as it is hidden away to some decree in Plaza Marina. They do have to pay the town hall to change name, however.
At first glance, this is a narrow bar but it opens out into a large room towards the back where the dining and function room used to be. There is a small terrace at the front of the bar for the warm weather with tables and chairs. As this is in effect a square that has a small childrens park in the middle, not much traffic interferes with the pavement terraces. So no fear of busy street noise.
I am informed that this place now specialises in English food. Roast dinners and traditional breakfasts here.
A little above the average.
Too narrow for wheelchairs.
Dress Code: Casual.
This is to save you a needless walk to bars that are closed.
Information correct as at 30 Sep 2005
Dragon's bar (Closed) on C/ Diputacion
Kanguru (Closed) on C/ Antonio Millon
Market Tavern (Closed) on C/ Ruperto Arduez
The Bus Stop (Used to be called 'The Final Whistle' (Closed)) by the bus station
T-Bone (Changed name to Unplugged - OPEN) on C/ Almirante Carranza
The Orange Tree (changed name - OPEN) on C/ Los Huertos
Robin Hood (changed name to The Hideaway OPEN again after 12 months (not at El Zoco) this is on Plaza Marina
Cabaletto del mar (Little Seahorse) - (demolished - Closed) on Salon beach - (Going to be rebuilt !)
Bar Boni (Although purpose built. Never opened - Closed) behind the bus station
Bananaburgers (Closed) on C/ Antonio Millon
Europa (Closed) off C/ El Bario
Europa (Closed) on C/ Antonio Millon
Fillmore (Closed) on C/ San Miguel
Chanquete (Closed perminantly August 2005) on C/ Amirante Chanquete
Legends (Closed) on Avenida Mediterraneo
Miramar (Changed name to Slainte - OPEN) on Avda. Mediterraneo
Dress Code: N/A
A little note:
Sometimes you will see a bar appears to have two names. The LARGER one is usually the accepted name (but not always) of the bar. I think that you cannot remove a Spanish name from a bar (I may be wrong).
Anyway it's a Spanish thing !
Examples are Jago's. Is also El Carillion.
and The Coach & Horses. Is also El Bodegon.
Some more bars? Believe it or not. I havn't got round to visiting these yet.
Yes there's more! Here you go:-
The Crazy Cow - on Avenida Castilla Perez.
El Pulguilla - on Calle Pintada.
Shambles - on Calle Chaperil.
The Riverboat - on Calle Antonio Millon.
The wealth of bars in 'Tutti Frutti' square that will apeal to the younger traveller. Includes:-
Planet Mars, O'Malley's etc. Grid ref. F & G 3.
Cocconuts - on Calle Antonio Millon.
The bars at Burriana beach. Includes:-
Cafe del Mar, The Black Horse etc. Grid ref. G8.
The bars at the 'El Zoco' complex - abit out of Nerja. Includes:-
The Sportsman, The Robin Hood, The Bull Ring etc. Grid ref. C 10.
More Bars at San Juan Pool complex. Includes:-
Stoker Brown's, The Pool Bar etc. Grid ref A 11 & 12.
Dress Code: Mainly all casual.
International Poolside Cafe/Bar.
Just outside the centre of Nerja, there is an area called San Juan, just past Capistrano.
Here there is an oasis of bars set around a pool. The pool itself is really for the surrounding property owners use.
One of these busy bars is the El Paso, where food and drinks can be obtained 'Al fresco'.
Glass is not allowed near the pool and the El Paso gets around using plastic glasses by serving drinks in terracotta pots.
Good value for money on drinks and food.
Very pleasant in the good weather of Summer.
Poolside bar. No other theme is necessary.
Lunchtimes until around Teatime.
Dress Code: Casual.
International Gay Bar.
Bar Bogey is a gay bar (I am told) with loud music but nicely redecorated. The windows and doors are one way glass (mirrored).
Drinks are a bit expensive in here, ?3 for a bottle of San Miguel.
If you drop a Euro coin it has to stop on the floor!
Modern, clean decor inside without a particular theme.
Around 9 pm until quite late.
Narrow entrance and toilets.
Dress Code: Smart casual.
Linda's Bar is a small pub with an outside terrace at the front.
Being on Calle Malaga, there isn't the volume of traffic going past as is with some bars.
If you walk up Calle Malaga from the sea front, you can use this as an alternative route to get to the Balcon. Just go straight up past the Speakeasy and turn right.
Comfortable and reasonably priced drinks.
Good value for money.
Very good. Small and intimate bar.
Good clean, comfortable decor without needing a theme.
A couple of steps up to the entrance.
Dress Code: Casual.
Spanish Tapas Bar.
Los Bilbainos is otherwise known amongst the English here as the 'Commy Bar' due to the picture of 'Che' over the clock. This bar is very traditional Spanish. Low prices and a tapa are the rule here.
The bar has 2 tables outside but the views are a bit limited and only limited sunshine gets to this narrow street. You may need to speak a little Spanish (Andalus) here. The beer is good and the wine reasonable.
Excellent value for money and includes 'Tapas'.
Old time Spanish which really works.
Lunchtimes and evenings.
One step up from the narrow pavement.
Dress Code: Casual.
You may want to look the street up on the map in the Nerja Essential (Website link below) Grid ref. E6.