El Vermell offers a vast variety of wines white, rosé, red, sparkling (local, spanish and international) as well as cocktails such as champaigne sangría. It's more a bodega than a regular wine bar, since they sell wine bottles besides the drinks. The atmosphere is relaxed: dim light, quiet moderate music. Drinks are usually accompanied by some little free snacks.
Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 17.00 h until midnight
(Fridays and Saturdays, until 2.30 h).
new address: c/ Labradores, 21 - Alicante / Alacant
new telephone: 606 99 20 97
Dress Code: No dress code required.
Waslala is not the only tea shop in Alicante but it is the only one located in El Barrio (old town). The variety of teas, herb teas and rooibos teas is really large and every time I go in it's kind of hard for me to decide.
The owners, Luisa y Pedro are hippie-looking and their treatment to the customers is warm and kind. Decoration is quite simple but nice and they show new local art collections every month, all year long.
Prices of teas are between 3 and 4 euros aprox.
They also serve homemade sweets and cakes.
Sunday to Thursday, from 18.00 to 23.00 h
Friday and Saturdays, from 19.30 to 1.30 h
Dress Code: No dress code.
Alicante gave us our first inklings of what was to become a recurring problem on this winter (with its short days) trip to Spain - it was just becoming light at 8 AM and going dark again by 6 PM. Combining this with the fact that we wanted to be out exploring during the daylight hours, we then usually had problems finding nice restaurants open in the period between 6-9 PM, after which we were usually about ready for bed!
Having already experienced problems finding our way around the maze of streets, we had no desire to be out in the car at night searching for a place to eat, so set out on foot from our hostal. This particular part of the city did not seem to have many restaurants in close proximity and the ones that we did find were closed, as is the custom at that time of day. However, we stumbled across Cafe el Siglo only a few blocks away so took a look inside to see what was happening.
Dress Code: It actually has the nice look of a British pub with a fine array of drinks decorating the bar area which was manned by a friendly looking Venezuelan bar-tender, as it turned out. There were only two ladies sitting at one table, a couple of guys playing pool on some tables in a corner of the room and a rugged looking chap sitting at the bar having a beer.
We decided to sit at the bar too and were soon looked after very well by the bartender, with Sue ordering a white wine while I had a large mug of cold Heineken beer. Although they normally have a good variety of meals on offer, at this time of night the best he could do for us was a bag of potatoe chips to share but he also brought a nice tapas bowl of olives and pickles - for just under 7 Euros total. That hit the spot so well that we returned the next night and he knew what to bring us as soon as we sat down at the bar again. It was more of the same but this time we had more conversation with him and found out that he was originally from Venezuela. The rugged guy was there too, finishing off his sixth beer with shot glasses of something between drinks. As we were paying up to leave, the bartender brought each of us a shot glass of the cold liqueur (whatever it was) on the house and we quite enjoyed gulping it down. We did not get much food, but it was a fun place and we left smiling on both evenings!
Coyote Ugly is a bar that plays rock music, and has a nice nighttime athmosphere.
The outside terrase is a nice place to enjoy a cold beer during the warm summernights and the inside is perfect for live rock concert!
Dress Code: No dresscode known.
When I'm looking for good beer I don't care too much about the bar's location or the kind of people who usually attend the place. However, Malatesta gathers a great variety of beers (about 30), nice people from all ages and three different spaces to choose among. There's even a room where the soccer matches are shown and this way the fans won't bother those who doesn't like sports that much.
Dress Code: No dress code. Be free to show yourself as you are : )
This bar is owned by a good friend of mine called Maria Jesus. In fact I worked there briefly many years ago when I first came to Alicante! This bar is famous for people coming to play chess, darts, or other board games. It has a relaxed attitude and is a cafe bar during the day. However, there are often cool concerts with live music at the weekends, or sometimes thematic nights, recently there was an african night with traditional music and food served! Maria Jesus is learning english at the moment and is one of the nicest people I´ve ever met, so if your hanging around Alicante just pop down and tell her that Nicole sent you! There is a lovely terrace outside so you can sit either inside or out and its slap bam in the middle of the old quarter and directly behind the rambla, so its a good base to start, continue, or finish off the day or night!! See you there! She also offers the possibility to rent out the pub for partys at a very reasonable rate!!
Dress Code: casual!
there is a big Irish pub called Mulligans and another smaller one called Murphys on the
Rambla (one of the main streets in Alicante near to the port and beside the explanada and the old area with all the pubs together (el barrio or the casco antiguo). These pubs are fun on a saturday night with a mix of spanish and foreigners which is quite nice. They sometimes have djs playing music which is a bit of a mixture of everthing.
Then further down the rambla is the pub Havana which is kind of a cafe during the day and then heats up and night and people dance the night away there, quite a cool place with the "beautiful people" if you like that.
To the left of the Rambla (while you are looking down towards the sea) is the area with the hundreds of little pubs, most of them are very small affairs, but some are bigger, for example "la biblioteca", "la llum", "astronauta", etc. All of these pubs should close around 4am.
If you fancy more, then just head down to the port which is 5 minutes away and which has loads of pubs and discos, most of which are open as cafe bars during the day and then at night its a big place for dancing and i think that its open to 8am (or at least to 6 or 7am I can´t remember!!).
Everything is so close in Alicante, you will have no problem! you will be celebrating in style!
If you are up for a bit of partying, Alicante is a great spot. The main area of pubs is called "El barrio", which is the old quarter of the city and consists of hundreds of pubs one beside the other which offers a good variation of music and atmosphere for all and nornally stay open until 4am.
Dress Code: none
L'escaparate was the first pub for only non smokers in the Comunitat Valenciana, and Rubén, the owner is a funny guy who often play jokes and gives conversation to the customers. The selection of beers is not huge but just okay for a pub and they also have peculiar mixture drinks like the Agua de Valencia (champagne with orange juice). Despite of being a small place, on Sundays Rubén organizes a comedian show to sum up what happenned during the week. There's always an art exhibition and the atmosphere is very friendly.
Dress Code: No dress code at all (quite informal). Ages between 25 and 45 yo.
Prices over the average. Open everyday from 18:00 to 3:00 h
Being winter when we visited, and a lot quieter than what Alicante is presumably like in summer, we weren't sure what time people would begin to appear in the bars and clubs. After speaking a mixture of French and Italian to a Brazilian working in one bar, we found out that no-one appears pretty much before 1am (and we're talking mid-week!).
Sure enough, the bars and dance clubs of the port area got plenty full between 1-2am... so be patient... :)
The seemingly cheesily-named Captain Haddock bar is in fact named after the captain of TinTin fame. It's actually a bar where as well as a drink you can enjoy probably the best Salsa dancing in Alicante.
There were lessons here for the locals every night when we were there, not sure what it's like during the crowded summer months.
Dress Code: Anything
A great bar was the 'Austin' in Alicante. Run by a Spaniard who had spent many years in America.
This is a very busy bar. Ahmed, the owner, had hardly any time at all. The amount of cocktails that he can remember in his head are phenominal.
There are many tables and chairs outside the bar where table service is given. Inside there are stools at the bar but the decor is very run down. Concrete floor and cracked walls. But the atmosphere is fantastic.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
At the end of Playa del Postiguet there's a great beach bar. It's a small hut on the beach with tables, chairs and umbrellas set up in the sand. They play chilled out music (sounds like spy music, very James Bond!!) and serve great drinks at even better prices. Once a month there's a full moon party with flame throwers and other performers. As this place doesnt seem to be very well known (yet!) its great place to kick off your shoes and relax in the sand under the stars!!
Dress Code: No shoes!!! Skinny dipping optional!!
El Barrio is an area in Alicante with countless restaurants, bars and pubs. This area is packed on the weekends with people just overflowing on to the narrow streets. There must be something like a 7 block radius of bars and clubs. This is the area where most of the locals go to party, it is great atmosphere, but there is tonnes of second hand smoke.
Dress Code: Anything really goes. most people are wearing dress pants and nice shirt, but jeans would be fine as well. The bars in this area are pretty casual.
All of the bars/pubs have their doors open and there is no charge to enter.
Like everywhere in Spain, nightlife in Alicante is very vibrant, especially in the Summer, where many tourists come. People from Madrid and inland Spain usually go to resort towns like Sant Joan, Torrevieja or Santa Pola, whereas Benidorm is much more international and really has a huge offer for the nightlife. The rest of the Costa Blanca is quieter, with a more familiar atmosphere.