Nightlife in Gibraltar
As the sun goes down on the Rock then Gibraltar’s wide variety of different nightlife pursuits come to life, from a relaxed marina facing meal to vibrant discos and pubs.
As beautiful and exciting Gibraltar might be in the daylight,
offering countless leisure options both to its inhabitants and
tourists, going out in Gibraltar in the evening have undoubtedly
their charm. But first things first: depending on your idea of a
fun night in the city, there are several choices to be made.
Wine and Dine
Starting a wild night
out at a quiet little restaurant can be quite contrasting. Our
advice: never start a drinking session with an empty stomach.
Like in many towns, the hidden gems are often down the side
streets and to some respects this is true for Gibraltar. The
concentration of restaurants is in Casemates Square, Ocean
Village or Queensway Quay so maybe stroll around and see what
menu grabs you. From juicy steaks to creamy pastas, from fresh
seafood to a traditional lamb shank, from Indian to Italian,
Spanish or Jewish, Gibraltar’s cuisine scene is quite an
If you are a “meat person” then Gauchos,
situated just by Casemates Square, is a great choice, especially
if you prefer an intimate ambiance, as they have the seating
arrangements ideal for smaller and larger groups. For a
delicious Cod Fillet in a Beer Batter and a splendid sea view,
try The Lounge Gastro Bar in Queensway Quay. When fresh beers
and colleagues or friends
enter into the
equation, you should know that all roads will lead you to
Ocean Village. Gatsby’s, located in Watergarden is one of the
best Classic British Pubs in town.
Fighting next mornings’ hangover, Lord
Nelson’s full English breakfast enjoyed at early weekend hours
gives you a true taste of Gibraltar in the morning. Sitting in a
comfy raffia chair while waiting for your delicious plateau,
you’ll get the chance to admire noiseless Grand Casemates
Square, usually brimming with tourists and early riser.
When it comes to delicious food, attractive
plating and first rate services, hidden gems, in our opinion,
are Paparazzi or Cafe Rojo so put them in Google and search them
out, as we are sure they are worth looking for. As you can
imagine, these are just a few of the restaurants in Gibraltar
where you may properly start your night.
Bar Crawling in Ocean Village
If you are a big fan of exquisitely mixed spirits, you must
try some of the fancy cocktail bars located on the west side of
Gibraltar, in Ocean Village Marina. In many of the bars you can
have a drink whilst looking out to the marina and the sea which
on a warm summers evening is heavenly. O'Reilly's Irish Bar,
Brunos, The Cuban or The Ivy Sports bar are just a few bars in
Gibraltar where you can spend some quality time with your
friends, over a few glasses of wine, originally garnished
cocktails or some ice cold beers. Friday night is THE night to
go out so after a week at work, grab a drink with friends and
mingle! Later on you might want to check out the Dusk Nightclub,
the most popular nightclub in Gibraltar, who play house and
What about some good old poker challenge
or roulette? Are you into the thrilling chase of winning prizes?
Then we have some good news for you: entertainment in Gibraltar
is synonymous with casinos. Casino Admiral at Leisure Island is
the first European facility to house a casino, bingo club and
sports betting zone under one roof. Once you enter the Admiral,
you have multiple choices: jackpot slots, bingo or an 80-seat
poker. And you can always take a break and enjoy a great drink
at one of Admirals five bars.
Casino Sunborn, an amazing
five stars super yacht hotel provides both traditional table
games (American Roulette, Blackjack, Sunborn Stud Poker and Mini
Punto Banco) and Electronic Roulette, slot machines and
Party like the Irish!
Former Back Street, today known
as Irish Town, the road which runs parallel to Main Street is
the home of great bars, one of them being the oldest in
Gibraltar. Legend says that here, several hundred years
Christopher Columbus diverted into Gibraltar to enjoy some
fillet steak meal at The Star Tavern. The Clipper and the Royal
Oak, decorated in a unique marine style, are must-see spots in
Dance, party, sing. Repeat.
Wearing your favourite dancing shoes means
only one thing: you are up for an all-nighter dancing
experience, so we recommend Dusk Night Club but no need to get
there before about 12.30 / 1am as it will be fairly empty until
then. Bars in Gibraltar are known for providing an exciting
evening programme, especially during weekends, when you can have
your fair share of live music. Casemates Square, once a place of
public executions, host nowadays many cosmopolitan bars and
fashionable cafes and restaurants where you can attend live
concerts. Casemates Square is also the home of Gibraltar’s
Spring Festival, organized by the Culture & Heritage Agency and
known to be one of the most lengthened cultural manifestations
in Gibraltar: three weeks filled with entertaining activities
like dance shows, cultural events (art exhibitions, theatrical
performances etc.), concerts and activities for kids. The
festival’s grand finale is known as “Calentita”, a beloved
street party and food festival that reaches this year its 10th
edition. By taking part in this culinary demonstration, you’ll
get to have a taste of Gibraltar’s culinary scene, represented
this year by stalls from UK, India, Morocco, Portugal, Spain,
Genoese and many more.
But meanwhile, you don’t have to barricade
yourself in the house and get deprived from a good old clubbing
experience. Located at Ocean Village Marina, Dusk Cocktail
Terrace and Nightclub is our first option when it comes to
attend a thrilling party in Gibraltar.
Festivals in Gibraltar
There are also events to cater for pure dance music tastes
through to heavy rock.
The Gibraltar Music Festival
is by far the most renowned event from Gibraltars entertainment
agenda. The annual music festival has been taking place at the
Victoria Stadium since 2012, every year in mid-September,
gathering some of the best names in music. Some 10,000 people
each year have listened to acts such as Kings of Leon, Duran
Duran, Keizer Chiefs, Rita Ora, Ollie Murs, Little Mix, Jessie
J, The Script, Level 42, Tony Hadley, Madness and many more.
There are also events to cater for pure dance music tastes
through to heavy rock. Held at the Victoria Stadium, Monkey
Rocks Festival has around 3500 attendees annually and it also
takes place in September. Gibraltar Drama Festival, Gibraltar
Literary Festival, Gibraltar International Song Festival,
Gibraltar Festival of Colours or Gibraltars National Day are all
great opportunities to attend and enjoy at The Rock!
Held at the Victoria Stadium, Monkey Rocks Festival has around 3500 attendees annually and it also takes place in September more specifically on National Day
(10th September). This year, the festival reaches its third edition, so keep checking their Facebook page, as they should announce the headliners any minute now.
Although it only debuted last summer, the Festival of Colours was a huge success among youngsters, who gathered on a warm sunny evening at Europa Point, wearing only white clothes. Quite bizarre, right? Well, not, if you know about Holi spring festival, an ancient Hindu religious festival originating in India. Basing its concept on this particular event, the Festival Of Colours is a unique experience due to the coloured powder thrown up in the air, that’ll paint the participants’ white clothes in a multitude of rainbow like nuances. Great music, joyful people and a stunning setting are the key ingredients of Gibraltar’s Festival of Colours.
Gibraltar International Drama Festival will take place this spring at the Ince’s Hall Theatre, so if you have some acting skill, might want to compete for the big prize!
Gibraltar Literary Festival, Gibraltar International Song Festival, or Gibraltar’s National Day are all great opportunities to attend and enjoy at The Rock!
Gibraltar Electronic Music Festival just announced its first
international act for 2016 – Lady Waks, who’ll come straight
from Russia and perform at in august on one of the festival’s
two stages. Many more artists to be announced on a weekly basis,
so keep your eyes wide open, while you purchase your tickets for
this summers’ hot, electrical nights!
Taking your family out for a fun night
together is a great idea and people are generally much more
tolerant to families being out in the evening than in the UK for
example. Kings Bastion Leisure Centre, located on Queensway Road
offers many leisure options: cinema, bowling, and Ice Skating
Rink, an amusement arcade or a Games Room. Salsa & Latin
American Dance classes can be a fun was to spend your Saturday
evenings. Rockers will love Rock On The Rock club, where the
biggest rock hits off all times are constantly played and
special events and concerts are regularly organised for rock
Whether it comes to coffee shops, restaurant,
nightclubs or bars, cinemas or casinos, Gibraltar has the all,
offering to both its residents and visitors the chance to
experience the citys vibe long after the sunset.
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