Spain is the country with the most bar’s per person than any other in Europe! There are almost 6 bars per every thousand people, that’s a lot of bars! It’s 3 times more than we have in the UK! The bar culture here is different to some other country’s, maybe because the warm weather makes sitting on a terrace with a cold drink almost impossible to avoid. If you go to a bar it’s not necessarily to drink alcohol, it could be for a coffee, pastry, breakfast or a meal. Palma, like the rest of the Spanish cities, is scattered with many lovely bars which make it difficult to choose where to go. After living here for 1 year I have decided on my top 10 bars in the old town of Palma de Majorca (in no particular order).
1. Cover Vermuteria & Cocteleria
This bar has a nice terrace on the main street of La Rambla, close to Plaza Mayor. They have a range of tasty local vermut (a drink which has taken off and is not all in trend in Palma).
2. Bar Flexas
Located in Sindicato, Bar Flexas may be fairly small, but they have the a delicious menu of tapas! Perfect if you don’t want anything too fancy but you like good quality food in a comfortable place. Try their llonguets (typical Mallorquin food) they’re famous!
3. Quina Creu
Quina Creu is a little bit more fancy, a restaurant full of yummy tapas and typical, delicious Spanish food! Go there for dinner with your loved ones or friends. Try the Bacalao (cod fish) or if you’re more of a meaty person, the Solomillo (Sirloin Steak). They also have a variety of tapas dishes and pinxos to try if you want a bit of everything!
If you’re into rock or indie music, this is the place for you! I love the playlist in Atlantico and I look forward to listening to their music. You’ll find writing all over the walls and old souvenirs on the ceilings. The bar has a large variety of good cocktails at a fair price and serve amazing nachos! If you want to learn about how to make cocktails, they also offer a course every Tuesday evening from 7pm.
5. La Botana
If you want low prices, typical Spanish food and to be right in the centre then try La Botana. There are now actually 2 in Palma, but both in the centre and within 10 mins of one another.
6. Bar España
I would say this is the most typical Spanish bar I’ve come across, not necessarily Mallorquín but Spanish in general. You can try food from all over Spain and there’s always a good atmosphere in Bar España. You might have to wait a little bit for a table on a busy Saturday night but it’s worth it. I love their Jamón and queso (Spanish ham and cheese) platers.
This is such a sweet little bar with a beautiful terrace and 2 floors. The bar is located just behind Las Ramblas which is one of the main streets in Palma. L’Antiquari also hosts language classes (5 €) from 19:00 every Wednesday and afterwards from 20:30, a language exchange which is free.
8. Brick Hotel Bar and Roof terrace
Brick Hotel bar is located in the old town of Palma. It’s one of the main hostels in Palma and therefore has a mixture of people drinking there, travellers and locals. Despite being a hostel the place is still very Mallorquín and serves the typical Spanish food you’d also find in similar bars around the city. Friendly bar staff and events on the roof terrace in summer!
9. Saratoga Jazz Bar
Saratoga is actually a hotel, with a very cool bar and rooftop terrace! – Difficult to find in Palma. The place has live Jazz music during the evenings from Thursday to Saturday and is much smarter than most of the ones in my list. Of course, because of this it’s also a little more pricey, but it’s worth the treat if you get to go onto the terrace during the night and see the lights over the port.
Go to Molta Barra on a Tuesday evening and it will be absolutely ram packed with students and young people there for ‘La Ruta‘ which is a weekly bar crawl always ending here. It’s a quirky little place with crazy things all over the walls and a good atmosphere. They serve some great tapas dishes or Pinxos and on a Saturday you can often find some swing dancers!
Which are your favourite bars in old town Palma? Do you agree with my top 10? Share your thoughts in the comments!