The best bars and nightlife in Tenerife

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If there’s one thing the Tenerifians know how to do well, it’s party. Enjoying life is a genetic disposition, evident if you venture into one of the many bars and nightclubs frequented by locals – and there are many. Check out the vibrant student scene in La Laguna, test your stamina in the bop-till-breakfast clubs of the southern resorts, or limber up for Latin pop and hip-swaying salsa in the Spanish nightclubs of both north and south. Every year brings a new music festival, and this year is no exception, with top-shelf DJs flying in to turn the heat up at open-air club nights.

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Playa de las Americas

Papagayo

The Veronicas nightlife strip in Playa de las Americas might seem to some as a place preserved for teenage hedonists only, but there is one neon light that shines bright for those seeking something a little more mature. Papagayo is part Mediterranean restaurant, part beach club, but mostly disco, with two floors overlooking an open-air dancefloor and thatched cabanas offering ocean views with your margaritas. If there’s one club guaranteed to be packed at the weekends, Papagayo is it, but unless you want the dancefloor to just you and your handbag, don’t even think about going until after 1am.

Contact: papagayobeachclub.com
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual



Papagayo, Tenerife


Papagayo is part Mediterranean restaurant, part beach club, but mostly disco


Credit: Israel de Carlos

Tramps

One of the OGs of the southern nightlife scene, Tramps has one of the latest licenses for all-night partying in Tenerife. This self-professed King of Clubs blasts out house, afrobeats, hip hop and R&B from 10pm till 6am. Top shelf DJs like Judge Jules and Tom Zanetti have graced the decks, and fire-eaters, podium dancers and confetti cannons help heat up the atmosphere. Entry is free before 2am and drinks packages are available. Central, their adjoining sister club caters for those in-tune with their inner Latin and is the go-to dance floor for the local crowd. 

Contact: trampstenerife.com
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual

Magic Lounge Club

Centre-stage along the Golden Mile, Magic Lounge Club sustains its status as the top see-and-be-seen bar of downtown Playa de las Americas through a smart, evening dress code, an in-house mixologist, a VIP area, and drink prices that encourage slow-sipping. The café side of things opens in the daytime and provides spectator seating across from the upscale Safari shopping centre. On the other side of the road there are several restaurants under the same ownership. Keep your meal receipt, take it to the bar, and you’ll get a free glass of bubbles.

Contact: magicbartenerife.com
Prices: ££
Getting in: Smart casual



Magic Lounge Club, Tenerife


Magic Lounge Club sustains its status as the top see-and-be-seen bar of downtown Playa de las Americas


Credit: Matej Ograjensek

Harry’s Bar

Grab a mojito and a grandstand terrace seat overlooking the ‘dancing’ fountains in Safari shopping centre. There’s nowhere better to take the weight off after an evening retail excursion. All major sports are shown, though this really is more of a bar for people-watching than televised ball-chasing. The fountain show kicks off at around 9pm every night, by which time all of the good seats are taken, so book a table for 9.30pm at one of the many restaurants nearby, then grab a terrace seat at Harry’s for an aperitif around 8pm.

Contact: 00 34 922 788 868; facebook.com/harrystenerife 
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual



Harry’s Bar, Tenerife


All major sports are shown, though Harry’s is really is more of a bar for people-watching than televised ball-chasing

Los Cristianos

The Vault Bar

It might go against the grain for many, but sometimes you just want a soupçon of familiarity on holiday. No, I’m not talking about the euro-a-pint bar showing Only Fools & Horses reruns to shirtless lobsters. I mean a classy British bar with a smart, industrial-chic vibe, craft beers, efficient staff and British/Tex-Mex bites. The two young owners are true music fans so a variety of bands and acoustic guitarists – not cabaret with backing tracks – perform every night, offering everything from folk to Britpop and hard rock.

Contact: thevaultbartenerife.com
Prices: £
Getting in: Casual

Casablanca

If Latin lights your candle, head to this lively bar in the oceanfront San Telmo restaurants and bar strip of Los Cristianos. Free salsa classes are held from 10pm throughout the week, before the dancefloor fills with lively locals freestyling to mainly Spanish hits. Ask for the Casablanca cocktail, a fruity ensemble of vodka, passion fruit, strawberry and lemon. There’s usually a 10-euro entrance fee on Saturdays (one drink included), but for free entry, just make sure you’re through the door before midnight.

Contact: casablancadiscobar.com
Prices: £
Getting in: Casual



Casablanca, Tenerife


Ask for the Casablanca cocktail, a fruity ensemble of vodka, passion fruit, strawberry and lemon


Credit: Mehdi ABBADI

Costa Adeje

Zambra SkyBar

Ocean views, a top-rated cocktail shaker, chilled beats and a glass pool that hangs from the side of the building – what’s not to love? This upscale, adults-only lounge bar on the rooftop of the GF Victoria hotel has become Costa Adeje’s classy after-work hangout for both residents and visitors. Expect to sip bellinis next to local dignitaries, business owners, and those simply cool and in the know. Thursday through Sunday sees live music and DJs from 7pm until late playing everything from Jazz to Deep House, and retro-disco to chill. Entry is free, and the lounge bar is accessed through the hotel reception.

Contact: zambraskybar.com
Prices: £££
Getting in: Cocktail



Zambra SkyBar, Tenerife


Upscale lounge bar Zambra has become Costa Adeje’s classy after-work hangout

Marinha Beach Club

Another rooftop dance club with ocean views, Marinha Beach Club is the newest kid on the block in the south and the place to go if you prefer your beats Spanish and the crowd local. The two floors – one inside, one outside – are topped with a faux lighthouse that glows pink and throws lasers onto the rooftop dance floor and neighbouring harbour. As with most local nightclubs, the action doesn’t start until well into the wee hours, however, if you want to chill before the party proper starts, phone ahead and book a private cabana.

Contact: 00 34 655 373 169; facebook.com/marinhabeachclub 
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual

Coqueluche Beach Bar

What says ‘on holiday’ more than drinking a frozen strawberry daquiri at a thatched beach bar watching a band playing chilled covers while the sun sinks slowly beyond the horizon? That’s exactly what you get at Coqueluche, possibly the most chilled bar in Tenerife, possibly the planet. Bands play on the beach every weekend from 5.30pm until 8pm. Naturally, this is the busiest time, especially on Sundays, so you might want to grab yourself a table beforehand and order a plate of sustenance; the blue cheese and walnut salad is particularly good.

Contact: 00 34 922 71 54 83; facebook.com/Coqueluche-beach-bar 
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual



Coqueluche Beach Bar, Tenerife


Coqueluche’s is possibly the most chilled-out bar in Tenerife

Acanto Cocktail Lounge

Sometimes you want a beach bar that offers more than straw shade, and cocktails in jam jars. Such is Acanto, a classy cocktail lounge with an ocean-facing terrace next to Playa del Duque beach. If the ocean breeze gets too much, move into the two-storey, church-like interior where pianists and opera singers often perform to holidaymakers, residents and the occasional visiting celebrities. The sangria is highly recommended and may whet the appetite enough for paella or another evening bite on their separate dining terrace.

Contact: 00 34 922 724 781; facebook.com/AcantoCocktailLounge
Prices: ££
Getting in: Casual



Acanto Cocktail Lounge, Tenerife


Acanto is a classy cocktail lounge with an ocean-facing terrace next to Playa del Duque beach

Puerto de la Cruz

Blanco Bar

There’s a little bit of everything thrown in to keep the drinkers drinking at this popular local’s hangout in Puerto de la Cruz. Depending on the night, expect poetry jams, monologue recitals, theatre performances and magic shows, alongside dancers and plenty of live bands. There are two lounge areas, one for club sounds, the other for more rock and pop music. If you’re a gin-lover, welcome to your own personal nirvana – there’s a whole menu of your favourite tipples on offer, and the vast selection of beer brands isn’t too shabby either.

Contact: blancobar.com
Prices: £
Getting in: Smart casual



Blanco Bar, Tenerife


Blanco Bar has two lounge areas, one for club sounds, the other for more rock and pop music


How we choose

Every bar, venue or experience in this curated list has been tried and tested by our destination expert, who has visited to provide you with their insider perspective. We cover a range of budgets and styles, from casual pubs to exquisite cocktail bars – to best suit every type of traveller – and consider the service, drinks, atmosphere and price in our recommendations. We update this list regularly to keep up with the latest openings and provide up to date recommendations.

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