Looking for a night out with some live music in Malta? Check out these 6 bars that not only offer a great atmosphere but also live concerts on a daily or weekly basis.
Which bars offer live music in Malta?
- Skyroom Cocktail Bar & Grill, Sliema
- Casey’s Bar, Gzira
- Bridge Bar, Valletta
- The Thirsty Barber, St. Julians
- The Beer Cave, Valletta
- Storeroom, Ta’ Xbiex
I love going out for a good meal or some drinks. And what makes the night complete, is great music. A casual atmosphere with live music makes for a romantic date night and something I have enjoyed countless times in Malta. There are in fact many bars and restaurants offering live concerts and I could have come up with more than 10 options quite quickly. But I wanted to list my personal favourites, which resulted in the 6 best bars for live music in Malta.
The 6 Best Malta Bars with Live Music
1. Skyroom – Live Jazz and Rock in Sliema
The Skyroom Cocktail Bar & Grill is one of the classiest bars in Malta, located at the 13th floor of the Preluna Hotel in Sliema. Not only do they have impeccable service, food and drinks, but a few times a week it is all topped with some live music.
Currently, they have the weekly event Jazz Saturdays at Skyroom. We’ve also been met with live music on both Friday’s and weekdays before. Keep up to date with events from their Facebook page and learn more about the bar and restaurant in my Skyroom review.
The Skyroom Cocktail Bar & Grill, Details
2. Casey’s Bar – Open Mic, Karaoke and Live Concerts in Gzira
Casey’s was my bar down the road for two years when living in Malta and for a while, we would pop down more than once a week. My favourite days to visit Casey’s was always Saturday nights when they have their Open Mic Night. The microphone is then open to everyone to sing and play (or perform a poem, joke etc). This creates a very casual and fun atmosphere for the evening with lots of different people performing.
If you prefer seeing just one (more professional) artist or band, Casey’s normally have live music concerts on Friday nights. Then you will be able to enjoy a concert of local or foreign artist performing their own hits or covers. There is no cover charge for the open mic or live concerts at Casey’s, but of course it is advised to give a tip to the artist.
Drinks are cheap and the vibe is always casual and warm at Casey’s. The bar has recently been acquired by a new owner, so there might be changes in the near future. To keep up to date with updates and the latest events, check Casey’s Facebook page.
Casey’s Bar, Details
3. Bridge Bar – Live Jazz in Valletta
If you are looking for live jazz in Malta, Bridge Bar is the number one spot to go. Located in some stone steps and over a bridge in Valletta, Bridge Bar has such a beautiful location and atmosphere. On the daytime, it is a beautiful photo location and then in the evenings the bar opens and stairs fill up.
Bridge Bar is a fun bar to visit at any day, but on Friday’s you can enjoy the live jazz music being played. There is also a variety of drinks and food available to order. As the tables fill up quickly, it is recommended to book your spot on Fridays. There might also be live jazz on other nights of the week.
Bridge Bar, Details
4. The Thirsty Barber – Local rock bands in St. Julians
The Thirsty Barber is one of my absolute Malta favourites. The prohibition-themed bar serves up some amazing cocktails. And several nights a week, there is live music playing! Normally the bar keeps their Facebook page updated with the latest events of live music.
As with the other venues on this list, it fils up quite quickly. I therefore recommend booking a table in advance if there is a live concert.
The Thirsty Barber, Details
5. The Beer Cave – Local artists and comedians in Valletta
There are lots of great bars and restaurants in Valletta, and several of them have live concerts. One of my favourite venues is the Beer Cave where I have attended both concerts, live comedy shows, and quizes. The venue is actually quite big with several rooms, making it a good location for events.
The Beer Cave acutally feels like a proper cave. Upon entering, you will be met by some steep stairs taking you down underneath the ground and into the cave-themed and stone-covered bar. In one corner there is a nice set-up for a “stage” on the ground, where musicians and comedians perform every now and then.
The Beer Cave, Details
6. Storeroom – The Live Music Venue in Ta’ Xbiex
Located in an old boat garage, Storeroom is a modern live music venue with various music events throughout the week. The bar has two floors and a small stage where you can get introduced to some amazing artists from Malta and other countries. The small venue gives some very intimate and beautiful live music experiences.
The bar will normally have a small cover charge for the concert and limited inside seating (so reservations are recommended).
As mentioned, these 6 bars are only a handful of the many venues with live music in Malta. In addition to these favourites, I can also mention that Yard 32, Himú, Manouche and Crust, and dog-friendly Naar, Black Sheep and Smokehouse also might host live music events. Please remember that due to the Coronavirus pandemic, opening hours and events may vary.
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