Ask any local where to head to for some great nightlife and they will invariably tell you Paceville. This place is indeed the nightlife mecca of the Maltese islands.
Nightlife in Malta is vibrant and exciting. It’s unbelievable the amount of nightclubs, bars and restaurants that you’ll find on such a tiny island. Perhaps the most attractive trait of Maltese nightlife is the fact that clubs and bars are usually within close proximity. So you can hop from one club/bar to the other in no time.
Distant view of Paceville (from Sliema) by night
Paceville is at the heart of Saint Julians and is choc-a-block with bars, pubs, restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs. Thousands of people flock to this area every weekend and in summer it’s practically packed 7 days a week!
Very easy to reach by bus, Paceville literally radiates with energy. If you’re planning to party till dawn you may have to get a taxi back to your hotel though. Grouped taxi rides are available and are very affordable.
The Maltese club scene is on the same level (some say better) than that of Ibiza and similar popular European destinations.
What makes Malta a preferred choice for clubbers worldwide is the fact that entrance fees and drinks are usually quite affordable. Whats more the island is practically pint-size so you don’t have to spend a fortune on transport either.
And let’s not forget Malta’s fantastic weather and Mediterranean climate!
In Paceville, you’ll find a plethora of Malta clubs, bars and discotheques offering a whole range of music genres ... from club, house, R&B to commercial and much more … whatever your music fancy, you’ll definitely find a venue that you’ll love!
Some 12,000 people hit the clubs at weekends. 12,000 may not seem a lot but when you consider the fact that Malta’s population is just over 400,000 then that makes it 3% of the population. That’s a lot more than then what so called key players in the world clubbing scene achieve!
Malta’s clubbing scene has been thriving for years now and each year, you can be sure that top DJ’s will play at events in Malta. Names like Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Roger Sanchez, Tiesto and many more have all hit Malta's shores, sometimes returning to play at more events year after year.
In Paceville, there’s also plenty of lounge bars with a more laid-back crowd if that’s more your scene or if you want to unwind after dancing the night away.
Some bars have designated dancing areas while others cater for the older crowd offering a somewhat quieter vibe. If you love the live music scene, you will also come across bars with musicians and artists playing live, mostly at weekends. There's also lots of sports bars and rock/alternative bars.
When it comes to the bar scene, you will find plenty of excellent bars outside Paceville too. St. Julians and Sliema also have a thriving bar scene.
If you’re visiting Malta during the summer months, then you can also head to Bugibba, Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay or Marsascala. There are countless bars here that will keep you occupied until the wee early hours!
A recent trend that has been picking up nicely are the many wine bars which you will find in small rural villages.
These wine bars are perfect if you want to escape the crowds for a romantic night out. A lot of these bars were merely wine cellars in the old days or old farmhouses, sometimes some hundred years old! Creatively renovated, these wine bars today make for a sophisticated and romantic alternative to your usual watering hole.
It’s also a popular “tradition” among locals to start off the night in one of these wine bars, then head to Saint Julians for some serious clubbing!
In Summer (June to September), the area around Rabat is home to some of Malta’s best nightlife.
Gianpula (just outside Rabat) and Club Numero Uno (near Ta’ Qali Crafts Village) are perhaps the top two open air venues. Then there’s also La Grotta at Xlendi, Gozo .
These open air clubs showcase top international DJs and are usually packed on weekends.
Check out our interactive map below to see what accommodation is available in Paceville and nearby.