Situated just west of Malaga and Torremolinos, Benalmadena is a thriving resort which boasts a multitude of fabulous night clubs, discos and late night bars. Most of the larger are more raucous clubs are situated in the aptly named 24-hour Square on the coast road, and the rest are in the award- winning Marina itself.
For a more sophisticated dance scene, it is worth a stroll down to the Marina, where several bars overlooking the boats have dance floors and live music at weekends. You can expect to pay up to three times the normal bar prices for drinks here, especially during July and August.
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Down Town Benalmadena
This is the largest and most popular club in 24-hour Square, and hosts a fabulous Ladies Night on Thursdays. Boasting three dance floors; Sala Latino, Hard-core Dance and Chart music, and with bubbly decor, the entrance leads to what appears to be a run-of-the-mill disco bar. But a huge door at the far end of the club leads into the Atlantis room, a huge banging club with great lighting, metal décor and balconies.
Situated in the Plaza, next to old Bonanza Square at Avenida de la Telefónica, 2, (GPS 36.59648, -4.523346) this vast club in the centre of Benalmadena, features a variety of acts, ranging from 'Stars in their Eyes' performers to hypnotists and chart topping bands. Representing all aspects and genres of music from solo artistes, duos and live bands. Speciality Acts and Comedy. Top UK comedians also grace the stage here, and this is undoubtedly one of the best music and cabaret clubs on the Costa del Sol. Under new ownership since 2015, it has been uplifted and modernized. Families welcome, sun terrace bouncy castle for children. Open 7 nights a week, featuring two acts nightly plus a disco from midnight, this fun filled venue offers drinks at normal bar prices. Children under 16 are allowed in, but only under the supervision of their parents. Tel: 636 03 09 36
Mango is also a good atmosphere with a young crowd, plus, most of the bars have a small dance floor and throbbing music.
Boals Ice Bar
First Ice bar on the Costa del Sol, where everything is made of ice, including the bar, the walls and the glasses. Situated in the marina area, visitors are provided with gloves, socks and coats on the way in, and this is the most unusual late night bar you will ever find. Inspired by the Finnish ice hotels, this is a fabulous place to chill out – quite literally. The ice stools and seats are covered to stop you sticking to them, and the drinks are served cold, very cold. Subtle lighting and lively music add to the unique ambience. Tel: 603 488 155
This is a place for the young to dance the night away to all types of music. There is a big dance floor and the cocktail list is as long as the night. Situated in the marina, close to some of the best late night venues in Benalmadena, this club attracts visitors from far and wide. Drinks are reasonably priced and the music plays on until the small hours of the morning. Cool and hip with a predominantly young crowd.
Large outside terrace and bar as well as bar inside. This is a favourite place for dancing salsa to the all night music. A real hot, Caribbean experience with some fabulous sounds from guest DJs in the summer. La Cubana keeps rocking until the early hours of the next day, and is a favourite amongst clubbers of all ages. Salsa fans from all over the Costa del Sol come here to shake their stuff and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere.
Discoteca Aqa is one of the top spots in Benalmadena Marina, and offers clubbers a large outdoor terrace, a spacious dance floor and a unique tropical ambience. Being one of the smarter clubs in the Marina, Aqa has quite smart dress rules, and this is no place for shorts and T-shirts. The music is varied, and guest DJ´s pull in the crowds. Particularly busy in summer, Aqa is one of the biggest and well known discos on the Costa del Sol. Lively and loud, and attracting a mainly young crowd.
This club is a coffee meeting place in the afternoon and becomes one of the hot spots of the port by night. Mainly frequented by foreigners, but also draws in many of the local and Malaga city young people, because of the great music and atmosphere.
This club has three different sections, each with its own different atmosphere. There is an outside terrace another one inside and a large inside dance area where there is a huge fish tank with tropical fish in it, giving the place a really exotic atmosphere. Tel: 651 772 275
Mukllarkeys Irish Bar (was Buzby's Bar)
Cabaret acts at this Irish bar. Located across from the Hotel Villasol on the coast road. Tel 609 274 178
Seafront Promenade Area
Villa Las Yucas, Benalmádena Costa. Tropical style garden adds to the atmosphere here which is geared to families with live music nightly and Happy Hour from 8 to 9 pm.
Benalmadena Pueblo. Specialises in comedy and unusual acts - such as a 'full Monty' vocalist - the mind boggles!
Piano Bar Neptuno
Avenida Alaya, Benalmadena Costa. This bar has a select atmosphere, often with live music and music to dance to. Tel: 952 443 810
This bar is open in the afternoon for coffees and then later becomes a wonderful place where you can dance salsa till dawn.
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Held regularly until October 2013 at the fabulous Casino Hotel, Torrequebrada, was one of the coast´s most traditional and flamboyant flamenco shows. The classy Fortuna nightclub plays hosted high quality Las Vegas style cabaret acts plus some excellent flamenco displays which would delight the purists. International floor shows and live bands also took to the stage here, making this one of the coast´s most famous entertainment venues. Shows took place from Tuesday to Saturday at 10.30pm, and dinner was also available in the elegant grill room restaurant. The Casino Torrequebrada is situated on the sea front in Benalmadena at Km 226. Contact details: Telephone: 0034 95 244 6000.
The Moonlight Cabaret
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Tivoli World in Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena is not only a fabulous amusement park, but it also host some great shows for the kids. More>
Tablaos d Peñas
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