El Pimpi – You can’t visit Malaga without pimping it up in El Pimpi! Despite the suggestive name, this isn’t a strip club (we’ll show you that later), but one of the most characterful bar-restaurants in Malaga. Set in an huge old 18th Century house, the interior space is lined with huge oak barrels (formerly filled with the famous local Malaga wine), all signed by Spanish celebrities. Unless you’re a reader of “Hola!” magazine you probably won’t recognise most of the names. However, with a little searching you can find the barrel of one of Malaga’s most famous sons, Antonia Banderas! Even if you’re not a fan of Puss in Boots, an afternoon of beers and tapas here is a must.
Alquimia – For shots and shooters (and let’s be honest, no stag weekend would be complete without a few quick ones down the hatch), then you have to drop by this place. Think of just about every flavour that exists, and then put it in a shot of vodka. Bingo, you have Alquimia! There’s tequila for the hardcore, and bizarre flavours like Tabasco and “Gold” for the intrepid. The best thing? Before 12:30, the shots are just €1.00 each (Malaga 1: 0 London!).
ZZ Pub – this place is a sweaty little bugger, but we promise in a good way! There’s no fancy décor to be seen (well, unless you consider Led Zepplin posters fancy décor), just good ol’ fashioned rock music and a friendly crowd of drinkers and music lovers. Most night’s of the week there is live music too. We agree, it’s kinda strange coming to Spain and seeing specialist covers bands play Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd and Hendrix tunes, but -as Jimi himself might have said – it’ cool, man.
Morrisseys: Malaga is one fine city. However, there’s no city in the world which isn’t made better by having a cracking Irish bar with a reliably poured pint of Guiness. This place, located in the heart of the city centre, is where to come when you need a jar or two of the black stuff (with or without a dram of Jamiesons thrown in).
La Tortuga – If you’re looking for a beach bar then this one comes highly rated. Located just off the sand in the Pedregalejo beach area, the tunes here are fresh and the super-strong, fresh mint mojitos will keep you going all day long. Indeed, a beach day in Pedregalejo is a great idea in the summer; as well as the Tortuga to keep a warm buzz of alcohol flowing through your veins, the beach-front promenade is stacked with excellent restaurants.