Boasting some of the hottest restaurants and night spots in Spain, the Costa del Sol attracts visitors from all over Europe. From classy fine dining restaurants with views over the Mediterranean, to the more raucous karaoke bars and all night discos, there is something here for everyone. Casinos, English pubs, beach bars, tapas joints and the ever popular flamenco shows can all be found in the coast´s fabulous resort towns.
Local dance bands are always a main entertainment feature of local festivals and at the Summer Feria. The 'Caseta Municipal' at the feria will have a number of live local and national acts. There is not usually an entrance fee but the caseta fill quickly for well known artists.
One of the town's oldest clubs, which has been renamed and revamped several times since it first opened in the '80s, is The Palladium Club. This huge night club has two dance floors, a VIP area, several resident DJs playing techno house, and the best party atmosphere on offer in the area.
The Baccus Rock Bar in Calle de las Mercedes is a music bar that presents live bands at the weekends. The huge sound system pumps out classic rock music and they offer an exciting mix of live music and themed party nights. The bar has wonderful views of the Mediterranean and is popular with the middle aged Spanish crowd, although they are most welcoming to tourists and expat locals who enjoy a night of foot-stomping progressive rock.
Tina's Pub opened during the tourist boom of the 1960s (formerly known as Sheila's Bar) and it is one of the most popular with the tourists. Offering all the usual bottled and draught beers, cocktails, alcopops and shots, Tina's attracts a younger crowd and is particularly busy over the weekends.
There are several bars situated in the centre of the town that offer live music and karaoke and one of these is Branigans Irish Pub in Avenida Palma de Mallorca (behind Matahambre). This spacious bar offers all the sporting events on several large screens and they also offer music videos, pool tables.
The lovers of rock and roll should visit Peggy Sue's, which, as the name might suggest, is a small shrine to the swinging 60s. This American themed music bar is adorned with all the trimmings of the rock and roll era, including walls lied with nostalgic pictures of some of the greatest stars of the genre.
Styles Music Bar has friendly staff and a good-old-fashioned entertainment bar style ambience. They also have a large outside terrace to enjoy drinks before the show. The bar opens seven nights a week from 9pm, and following the live entertainment, customers are invited to take the stage and sing on the karaoke until three in the morning.
This well-known bar is somewhat small, although it has a large terrace that is popular with locals and tourists at weekends. Famed for playing progressive rock music, this popular bar hosts karaoke nights and occasional live groups outside on the terrace. The bar serves an extensive range of lagers and ciders and they also have an impressive cocktail list.
The club presents a high quality live show with burlesque artists, acrobats, singers, dancers, and showgirls. The club is open between 8pm and 2am and prices vary depending on whether one opts for the dinner and show, at around 35 euros, or the show without dinner, which costs 20 euros.
Torremolinos boasts the only magic-show cabaret bar in the area and this is one of the most popular choices for tourists in search of a good night's entertainment. The Chamber of Secrets is an established cabaret show-bar ran by some of Europe's top performers and the 33 euro entrance fee includes all-inclusive lager, sangria and soft drinks. Children under 14 pay 18 euros.
Unfortunately, Torremolinos no longer has a thriving flamenco scene and just about all the town's flamenco tablaos have disappeared, with the exception of one. Pepe Lopez has been entertaining tourists with regular flamenco shows since the early 1970s and it was once one of the most celebrated clubs in Andalucía.
As a city where most people live in small apartments, and which enjoys mild to hot temperatures all year round, people spend plenty of time out and about in the street at night. In the summer, temperatures don't start to fall until the early hours, so life is lived outdoors even more.
Attracting holidaymakers from all over the world, the Costa del Sol has become one of Europe´s top holiday destinations, and offers visitors some shows, live entertainment and cabaret acts. The 'shows' tend to concentrate on Torremolinos and Benalmadena where there are more foreign tourists. Comedy club acts in Spanish are found occasionally in Malaga City and Seville.