The sun sets and you’re wandering the cobbled streets of Palma – friends in tow – thinking “and where to now?” In the capital, this question conjures hundreds of exciting places all within a short walking distance. The real question is “which one?” Here we offer an exclusive list of all the best places – from rooftop bars, to local jaunts and grandeur palaces – where you will find a good dose of Mediterranean social buzz, all of which promise a memorable evening in Palma.
11. Glòria Hotel de Sant JaumeOn the cobbled street of C/Sant Jaume is the five star Glòria Hotel which still – since the 16th century – has retained its original features. The bar which combines oak wood panelling and gold brass creates a timeless atmosphere. This is for the whisky drinkers and flute clinkers in need of a swish sophisticated evening. Leave the 21st century behind and indulge a little! Read more
10. Toque de QuedaTucked away down a side street just off La Rambla, this quirky, understated little restaurant is a gem of a place for a few evening drinks. Its cosy interior conjures up the feeling of being in an old pueblo – Italian owners Alicia and Andrea have kept the place traditionally Spanish with vintage paintings and dark wood furnishings. When darkness descends, the little patio area is decorated with fairy lights. One to note if romance is on the cards…
9. Hotel MamaFrom the creators of Cappuccino comes this beautiful hotel in the heart of Palma in Plaza Cort. Attention to detail here is spot-on with swift waiting service and a vibrant cocktail menu with a base of fresh and invigorating flavours. Thanks to its outdoor seating area, guests can sit in the plaza and watch the world go by before taking an evening walk down to the cathedral – a pretty 5-minute walk away.
8. Door 13In a setting not dissimilar from a cosily-lit cave, this secret bar in the heart of Palma is only accessible through coded door. Its wax-dripping candles, gated entrance and stone-heavy interior offer something truly unique. The cocktails are bespoke mixes which combined with a dark and broody atmosphere make Door13 a good choice for those looking for an intimate evening.
7. Tast ClubTast Club is the essence of cool, a hideaway restaurant on C/ Sant Jaume which wouldn’t look out of place in London. Its elegant bar lies under a vaulted ceiling dotted with pearl-drop chandeliers and mirrored glass. It has the feel of a private members’ club which would make for a smart evening with colleagues or a special occasion.
6. Brass ClubWith Rafa Martín at the helm as cocktail-creator, Brassclub is more than just a place for drinks. Here is where cocktails are considered an art form, where passion and zest are felt in every glass or mug or wooden tray (as the case maybe). Each cocktail is unique and is poured straight out of the imagination – creativity sees no limits with drinks like the Mai Tai Egg that comes in a nest. Don’t ask! Go wild at Brass Club and feel the flow…
5. AssaonaFollow the promenade along past the Cathedral and just before the road starts to curve, you will find Assaona on the corner. As the sun goes down this place really shines on the seafront with its wicker lampshades, Hula beach umbrellas and candlelit tables. It has this warm, fire-crackle ambience that makes any passer-by – even those running along the promenade – slow down for a peek inside. It is magical, made more so with a glass of wine looking out to sea.
4. Beatnik at Purohotel1950s bohemia. That is what you’ll find at Beatnik where Mallorca’s hippest and coolest go to socialise. True to the Puro spirit, this is one of Palma’s hottest nightspots. DJs and live music create a popping party atmosphere where people dance, drink and dance some more. “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness” by Allen Ginsberg shines in neon, which says it all for an evening at Beatnik.
3. Moltabarra in La Ruta MartianaIt’s Tuesday evening. You’re in the centre. One thing comes to mind: La Ruta Martiana. This weekly tapas route sees bars like Moltabarra offer a small tapa or pintxo with a beer for less than 3€. Expect a lively atmosphere where shouts of “Salud!” are heard before droplets of foamy beer hit the floor. While there are lots of bars to choose from, Moltabarra is particularly good for its traditional ambience and local chatter.
2. 49 Steps Bar & GrillLocated on the old pier in Palma (Moll Vell), the 49 Steps Bar directly overlooks the yacht marina, or higher still, the rooftop bar goes even further offering views that stretch from the Cathedral to the hilltop of Bellver Castle. Without a doubt, this is the best place in the city to watch the sunset cast an orange hue over the sea. There’s plenty of soft seating to choose from, and the drink menu covers everything from craft beer to local wines.
1. Champagne Bar at Palacio Can MarquesWhere could be more luxury than an 18th century palace? Upon entering you can’t help but gaze up at the soaring stone columns and loft vaulted archways that crown the courtyard entrance. Breathe in the history and head to the foyer champagne bar where a glass of fizz awaits you. Unwind in the secluded garden or enjoy cathedral views from the rooftop terrace – we promise, there’ll be nowhere else you’d rather be. Read more
Sophisticated work evening? A cosy romantic date? Or is it dancing ‘til your feet hurt? Whatever your plans are for an evening in the Mediterranean, Palma has it all. Struggling to know where to go and eat? Why not check out Palma’s 30 “must-try” restaurants 2019 handpicked by editor Helen Cummins.