For the atmosphere, Palma is hard to beat when the sun goes down. Whether on busy avenues or in less touristy pockets of the city, there are tapas and music bars galore, live performers and, if you’re lucky, special events, dancing and parties take place, especially on the weekends. There are countless ways to spend an evening, from relaxing with a glass of vermouth or sangria, to enjoying local wines and freshly prepared tapas. Quirky music clubs and chic rooftop cocktail bars offer the perfect way to unwind at the end of the day.
Abaco cocktail bar
Some call it kitsch, but that’s part of the allure of this famous Palma institution, housed in a former 18th-century palace. Prices are astronomical, but it’s worth a look just to marvel at the whimsical and opulent decor of fruit, flowers, and baroque period furniture. There are enough candles to make Miss Havisham feel right at home and cocktails like Abaco, a fusion of rum, whiskey and Grand Marnier, hit the spot. Every Friday night, rose petals descend from the ceiling to the sound of classical music. Sure it’s cheesy, but it’s also strangely fascinating.
This innovative cocktail bar and wine tasting emporium offers diners the opportunity to sample some of the most expensive local and global wines by the glass through enomatic machines. For cocktail lovers, there are plenty of options too and champagne is a must. A casual and savory tapas menu of olives, pintxos, cheeses and charcuterie is offered, along with tastier desserts. There is a very welcoming and friendly vibe here and there is no pressure to drink expensive vintages. Anyone can enjoy a delicious glass of simple Majorcan wine with some delicious snacks while drinking in the lively atmosphere and conversation.
Entering: Tickets and reservations
Beatnik Restaurant and Bar
The hedonistic and pleasant bar on the terrace of the Puro Hotel, one of the most popular places in the city, attracts an elegant and cosmopolitan crowd. It’s de rigueur to look effortlessly urbane while sipping a glass of champagne or Beatnik Spritz, the bar’s signature fruit cocktail. Guests can enjoy an appetizing tapas and salad menu on the candlelit terrace or for a new experience in one of the two rooftop towers. Several DJs play a selection of playlists that include international pop, jazz and soul sounds. For late partygoers, the downstairs bar opens until midnight on weekdays and 2am on weekends.
Contact: pure hotel. with; beatnikpalma.es
Entering: Reservations (dinner and large groups only)
Atlántico is a bar with attitude that was founded in the fifties and originally called Texas Jack because of the many US Marines stationed on nearby ships. Along with a friendly and inviting atmosphere, large bar and walls full of memorabilia, messages and photos, 40 tempting cocktails are on offer. Highlights include Labios Caliente, (hot lips) – a spicy, flowery drink – and Smoky Storm, a heady concoction of rum, cinnamon and chocolate. Snacks are offered, as well as a good selection of beers and vermouths. The bar plays a fun selection of seventies and eighties rock, which draws a lively weekend crowd.
Contact: 00 34 971 72 6285; facebook.com/cafeatlanticopalma
Opening hours: Sun to Thu, 19:00-2:30; Fri-Sat, 7pm-3pm
Discreet Door 13 is the latest chic offering for the city crowd. With a vintage ’20s vibe, Chesterfield sofas, low lighting and Persian-style rugs, this is a cozy den to relax and unwind. The eclectic decor includes a pair of huge feathered wings hanging from the ceiling. Gaining entry requires courage. Established customers, James Bond-style, key in a secret entry code into the forbidding wrought-iron door, while newbies have to ring the doorbell. Seasoned mixologists prepare delights like organic gin and cherry tomatoes, while live acoustic music is served from 11pm on weekends.
Contact: 00 34 669 22 2698; facebook.com/door13bar
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 8pm-2pm
La Rosa Vermuteria
This lively hangout, tucked away in Plaça Weyler, is for vermouth aficionados: it offers cask glasses or a selection of vermouth brands. Wines and beers are also served, but vermouth is king. Seasonal, aromatic tapas such as fresh prawns, grilled artichokes, patatas bravas and crispy squid are prepared in a contemporary bar adorned with stripes of pepper and fatty garlic. With its soft background music, white brick walls and comfortable leather barstools, the bar has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Staff members are helpful with menu choices as well. The perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks or a casual dinner.
Contact: larosavermuteria. with
Entering: entries only
As the hottest, stylish and talked about arrival in Palma, it’s no surprise to learn that the co-creator of El Camino is Eddie Hart, founder of Barrafina in London. Balanced and elegant, this restaurant exudes confidence with its marble-topped speakeasy bar, mirrored wall, and a cheery row of red bar stools. There’s an old-style Parisian glamor to the gold wall lights, while the menu pulsates with tempting creations. Take your pick from tapas like grilled artichokes or spicy ceviche and enjoy a wine list inspired by Mallorca bodegas, with star billing as they should.
Eclectic, eccentric, bohemian and full of character, L’Antiquari is situated on two levels and is the ultimate relaxed and comfortable retreat for an all-day snack, late-night beer or glass of wine. The place is a converted antique shop, full of knickknacks, vintage art objects and curiosities, and has a warm and inviting atmosphere. Regulars flock here for the homemade tapas and the famous quiche and salad, and there’s also a good choice of spirits and wines. If you get a seat, head to the esplanade to listen to live music thanks to the street musicians who play here regularly.
Contact: 00 34 871 57 2313; facebook.com/cafeantiquari
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 11:30am-1am
Hotel Hostal Cuba and Sky Bar
Situated in an award-winning corner location on the edge of trendy Santa Catalina is the century-old landmark Hotel Hostal Cuba. With its distinctive art nouveau facade and enviable position by the sea, the rooftop Sky Bar offers fabulous frontline views of the cathedral and marina. The faithful flock to this popular spot for innovative cocktails, light snacks and live performances by solo artists and groups. Sink into the comfortable seats and drink in the dreamy views while enjoying a sailor mojito or Negroni on ice.
Contact: hotelhostalcuba. with
Blue Jazz Club
You don’t have to be a jazz junkie to enjoy the renowned Blue Jazz Club, with its fabulous rooftop position overlooking the harbor. With regular performances by local and international artists and a jam session every Monday night, this is one of the most vibrant and popular spots in town for a cocktail or dinner. The open-plan restaurant has sleek, modern decor in neutral tones and comfortable wicker furniture — though the pièce de résistance is the charming terrace with its spectacular views. Relaxed dining is offered with a menu that includes tartars and tatakis and grilled meats and fish.
Entering: Essential dinner reservations
Parque de la Mar
Guild and ALMAQ
The elegant Hotel Es Princep has built a reputation for great cocktails thanks to its cozy Bar Gremium and rooftop bar ALMAQ, run by award-winning mixologist Andreu Genestar. The cocktails are well-crafted and sometimes perversely experimental, but always crafted with flair and aplomb. Enjoy chilled music and dreamy views of Palma Bay on the terrace or curl up on a leather sofa in the Gremium club with its vast collection of gins.
Contact: esprince with
Entering: Recommended reservations