Sliema is full of different bars and restaurants to check out, but which should not be missed? Check out my top 6 list of recommended bars in Sliema for the best insider tips!

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What are the best bars in Sliema?

  1. Skyroom
  2. O’Clock
  3. The Black Sheep
  4. Hole in the Wall
  5. Hammett’s Gastro Bar
  6. Step Down Bar
the best bars in Sliema, Malta

While Sliema might not be as much of a party hub as St. Julian’s, the city is full of great bars and restaurants to check out. Strolling down the seafront, you’ll be met with bars upon bars. So how can you know which are worth a stop?

In this guide, I have gathered six of the best bars and pubs in Sliema, Malta. In addition to a great selection of drinks, the bars all have food or nibbles on the menu. This makes them all great choices for a weekend lunch, romantic date, or a night out.

Try them all and find your favourite!

1. The Skyroom Cocktail Bar & Grill

Romantic ambiance and high-quality drinks

In my opinion, the absolute best bar in Sliema is The Skyroom Cocktail Bar & Grill. This bar is located on top of the Preluna hotel, giving a beautiful view of Sliema and surrounding areas.

The bar was fully renovated in 2019 and has grown in popularity ever since. From the first moment when you step inside the bar, you will be met with a romantic and luxurious ambience, thanks to the beautiful decor and service-friendly staff.

Skyroom Malta

At The Skyroom, you can sit down for a delicious cocktail and some nibbles. There’s also a full food menu with high-quality dishes from the talented chef Marvin Schrembi.

Read my full Skyroom review

To sum up, The Skyroom is a romantic bar and restaurant with a grand location in the heart of Sliema. In addition to the scrumptious food and exquisite drinks, there’s live music playing several days a week.

The Skyroom Details
  • Where: 124 Tower Road, Sliema SLM 1605 (Preluna hotel)
    Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 6 pm to 11 pm and Saturday to Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm*
    Website: http://www.skyroom.com.mt/
  • Contact: +356 9969 7214

2. O’Clock

Handcrafted cocktails and complementary aperitivos

O’Clock is a small bed and breakfast located in Sliema. While I’ve never stayed at the B&B, it has a cocktail bar we’ve visited many times.

O’Clock cocktail bar is a beautiful bar where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and tapas. The bar is located facing the sea with some outside seating for sunny days. Inside, you’ll find a turquoise wall stacking the best liquors, good music playing, and great staff ready to take your order.

cocktails at O'Clock Malta

Handcrafted cocktails at O’Clock

I believe O’Clock is a bit of a hidden gem in Malta. The cocktails crafted here are of the highest quality, with unique twists on classic recipes. The mixologists are great at creating cocktails based on your preferences.

O’Clock Details

3. The Black Sheep

Good food and good mood!

The Black Sheep in Sliema is always busy on weekends – with good reason. Not only is it a restaurant serving tasty food, but also a lively bar with some of the best drinks and atmosphere on the island. With live music or a cool playlist playing, the vibe is always great.

The Black Sheep in Malta

Boë Gin at The Black Sheep

One thing I love about The Black Sheep is their selection of gins and spirits. With deliveries from Mr Gin, the offering includes my personal favourite: Boë gin from Scotland.

The venue is large with lots of inside and outside seating, but you should still reserve a table. The restaurant is also a dog friendly favourite, but I would not recommend bringing your pooch in the late evening.

The Black Sheep Details

4. Hole in the Wall

Board games and live entertainment

Hole in the Wall is another local favourite bar and restaurant in Sliema. According to The Times of Malta, it is the oldest bar in Sliema – turned from stables into a bar in 1922.

When the bar opened it was literally a whole in the wall – hence the bar name. In 100 years, it has come a long way from selling take-away wine to being a local hub for live entertainment and casual hangouts.

At Hole in the Wall, visitors can listen to live music, exhibitions and talks, or simply play some of the board games available. The bar works with a lot of local and small suppliers for food and drinks.

Hole in the Wall Details
  • Where: 31 High Street, Sliema SLM 1549
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 12 pm to 12:30 am, and Saturday to Sunday, 5 pm to 12:30 am*
  • Website: https://holeinthewall.com.mt/
  • Contact: +356 9980 8386

5. Hammett’s Gastro Bar

Michelin-worthy food and drinks

Hammett’s is a modern gastro bar and restaurant located on the Sliema seafront. The establishment is from the same “family” as Hammett’s Macina in Senglea which was listed in the 2020 Michelin Guide. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hammett’s Gastro bar added in the future…

The food menu at Hammett’s is full of Asian-inspired dishes to share, always made from the best ingredients of the season. The bar is crafted to mirror the food menu, with a grand variety of wines, spirits, beers and cocktails on offer.

Hammett’s is the type of place you can enjoy no matter the occasion or time of day. Order some dishes to share and try some of the gourmet cocktails or vintage wines available.

Wine and nibbles at Hammett’s

The bar has a lot of Happy Hour deals with 2 for 1 cocktails. There’s also a bottomless brunch deal on weekends, which you can read more about in my Malta brunch guide.

Hammett’s Details

6. Step Down Bar

Cheap drinks and homemade food

If you are looking for a cheap and simple bar in Sliema, I would recommend checking out Step Down Bar. This little gem is a cosy pub with live sports, British food, and cheap prices.

Step down into the bar and sit down for a pint and some homemade food. There might be sports playing on the telly and a roast cooking. Located on the corner of a quiet side street, it’s a spot you will have to know about to discover.

Step Down Bar Details
  • Where: 161 Triq Manwel Dimech, Sliema
    Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday, 3 pm to midnight, and Thursday to Sunday, 12 pm to midnight*
    Website: http://www.facebook.com/stepdownbar
  • Contact: +356 7980 5940
Bars in Sliema

Enjoy These 6 Bars in Sliema!

That’s my six favourites, all located in different parts of Sliema. You can try them all as a pub crawl, or visit them one by one. All of the bars also serve food – or at least some nibbles – so you can enjoy a meal out too.

Also check out the best bars in Valletta.

*: Please note that due to current COVID-19 restrictions, these bars in Sliema might not be open or have limited opening hours at the moment. For the updated opening hours, please contact the bar directly. If possible, visit to #supportlocal!

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About the Author

I started my first blog in 2008 and have been an online writer ever since then. With a BA in Journalism and daytime job in SEO content creation, I want to use my knowledge to create fun, interesting and useful content. I am a 26-year old Norwegian who just can't seem to stay in one place! Although from a small town in Norway, I have lived almost half of my life abroad. I moved to Qatar in 2008 and has since then lived in London, Malta, and now Spain!

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