Going out in Lanzarote: the best places on the island
Nightlife in Lanzarote is concentrated in some of the most important tourist areas on the island, such as Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. If you’d like to sip on a cocktail in front of the ocean, watch your team play with a good old pint or dance until daybreak, read on for the best bars and nightclubs in Lanzarote.
Puerto del Carmen: the most electric nights on the island
Situated just 15 minutes away from Arrecife—the capital of Lanzarote—by car, Puerto del Carmen boasts a wide range of bars and restaurants for eating tapas and enjoying the local cuisine. However, if you’re looking to paint the town red, the best places are found in two different parts of the city: Avenida de las Playas and the district of Varadero. These are the must-visit places in Puerto del Carmen:
- Café la Ola. Situated at number 10 on Avenida de las Playas, it is found on the seafront next to the city’s casino. Thanks to its long opening hours—it opens every day from 10:00 AM to 3:00 AM—you can have lunch or dinner with a menu that includes tapas, larger plates and, of course, a wide range of cocktails. Although the interior has a distinct oriental vibe, its biggest attraction is its terrace with swimming pool, where you can have a drink while watching the spectacular sunsets. What’s more, Café la Ola becomes a nightclub after dark, with a soundtrack that includes everything from pop to funky, as well as samba and chill out.
- Ruta 66. Just 10 minutes away on foot (Avenida de las Playas, 19) is an establishment with an atmosphere straight out of an American bar. It is adorned with interesting items such as a car from the 1970s and a Harley-Davidson, which hovers above one of its three bars. Pop and rock classics may be its mainstay, but the bar also puts on themed nights with different music genres. It also boasts a small dance floor and a little terrace.
- Lanzarote Palace. Leaving behind Avenida de las Playas for the district of Varadero (Avenida Reina Sofía, 24), we come to this lively establishment. It’s the perfect place to go dancing on the weekends, as it opens on Fridays and Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Its clientele, aged between 25 and 45, packs it out from 1:00 AM onwards when the dance floor becomes the epicentre of Lanzarote’s nightlife.
- Heineken Bar. On Avenida del Varadero, just a few metres away from Cervecería San Miguel, this bar has become one of the most popular night-time haunts in Lanzarote. What’s more, come nightfall its clientele—mostly made up of tourists in the afternoon—transforms, as local people begin to arrive to enjoy a selection of music that includes both pop and rock hits and reggaeton. It opens every day from 12:00 PM to 3:30 AM except on Sundays when it closes at midnight.
Playa Blanca: a more relaxed atmosphere
Unlike Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca offers the possibility of experiencing Lanzarote’s nightlife in a more relaxed fashion. Therefore, if you’re the kind of person that prefers a gin and tonic with some pleasant conversation or while listening to the sound of the ocean, you’ll find just the right places in Playa Blanca, such as those situated next to the Marina Rubicón harbour.
- El Mirador. Conceived as a casual eatery, restaurant and chill out terrace, El Mirador has a perfect location from which to contemplate the ocean. Without a doubt, it is ideal for relaxing while watching the boats come and go in the port with jazz and house playing softly in the background.
- Disco Jungle’s. The night doesn’t have to come to an end on a terrace, but can be rounded off at one of Lanzarote’s most popular nightclubs. Disco Jungle’s is situated on Avenida Marítima, inside the Papagayo shopping centre, and is one of the focal points for nightlife on the island. With unusual décor—the dance floor evokes a jungle—it offers live music between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM and the party goes on with the most up-to-date Spanish and international tunes.
Partying in Teguise
Nightlife in this town is found mainly on the Costa Teguise, chiefly around Avenida del Jablillo. However, as it is a tourist area aimed at families, bars playing sport, as well as pubs and karaoke bars, outweigh large nightclubs.
- Dickens Bar. Open from 9:00 AM to 1:30 AM, you can choose between lunch or dinner here, although the best time is from 9 PM onwards when you can enjoy its night-time atmosphere. The main attraction of Dickens Bar is its decoration, which its owner brought from the United Kingdom to give it a Victorian-style ambience. Its cocktail menu is very extensive, as well as the music that can be heard every night.
- La Cueva. Situated half-way between Costa Teguise and Teguise, La Cueva is recommended for those wanting to have a drink in a different kind of environment. Set within Lagomar, the magnificent home and gardens designed by César Manrique and Jesús Soto, it is a space that embraces architecture and nature, as is habitual in the work of Manrique.
The volcanic island never sleeps, so if you’re looking for a magical night, you’ll find it wide awake and waiting for you. Going out in Lanzarote will be a decision we’re sure you won’t regret!