The best bars in Palma

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Café Atlantico
Café Atlantico

For atmosphere, Palma is hard to beat when the sun goes down. Whether in the bustling thoroughfares or in less touristy pockets of the city, there are tapas and music bars aplenty, live performers and, if you’re lucky, special events, dancing and fiestas taking place, especially at weekends. There are countless ways to while away an evening from relaxing over 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.

La Lonja

Abaco Cocktail Bar

Some call it kitsch but that’s part of the allure of this fêted Palma institution housed in a former 18th-century palace. The prices are astronomical but it’s worth a peek if only to wonder at the extravagant and opulent décor of fruit, flowers, and Baroque period furniture. There are enough weeping candles to make Miss Havisham feel at home and cocktails such as Abaco, a fusion of rum, whisky and Grand Marnier, hit the right spot. Every Friday night rose petals descend from the celling to the sound of classical music. Of course it’s cheesy but it's also strangely mesmerising.

Contact: bar-abaco.es
Price: £££
Getting in: Walk-ins

Abaco
Abaco

Wineing

This innovative cocktail bar cum wine tasting emporium offers customers the opportunity to sample some of the most expensive local and global wines by the glass via enomatic machines. For cocktail lovers, there are plenty of choices too and champagne is de rigueur. A casual and flavoursome tapas menu of olives, pintxos, cheeses and charcuterie is on offer as well as moreish desserts. There’s a really welcoming and friendly vibe here and there’s no pressure to imbibe costly vintages. Anyone can enjoy a delicious glass of  simple Majorcan wine with some delicious nibbles while drinking up the lively ambience and chatter.

Contact: wineing.es
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins & reservations

Wineing
Wineing

Beatnik Restaurant & Bar

The hedonistic and balmy rooftop bar at Puro Hotel, one of the city’s hippest joints,attracts a stylish and cosmopolitan crowd. It is de rigueur to look effortlessly urbanewhile supping a glass of champagne or Beatnik Spritz, the bar’s signature fruitycocktail. Guests can enjoy a menu of appetising savoury tapas and salads either onthe candlelit terrace or for a novel experience, in one of the dual rooftop towers.Various DJs play a funky selection of playlists that include international pop, jazzand soul sounds. For late revellers, the bar downstairs opens until midnightweekdays and 2am at weekends.

Contact: purohotel.com; beatnikpalma.es
Price: ££
Getting in: Reservations (diners and large groups only)

Beatnik Restaurant & Bar
Beatnik Restaurant & Bar

Café Atlántico

Atlántico is a bar with attitude that was founded in the Fifties and originally named Texas Jack because of the many visiting US marines stationed in ships nearby. Along with a friendly and inviting atmosphere, sweeping bar and walls crammed with memorabilia, messages and photos, 40 tempting cocktails are offered. Highlights include Labios Caliente, (hot lips) – a spicy and flowery brew – and Smoky Storm, a heady mix 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 attracts a lively weekend crowd.

Contact: 00 34 971 72 6285; facebook.com/cafeatlanticopalma
Opening times: Sun-Thurs, 7pm-2.30am; Fri-Sat, 7pm-3am
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins

Café Atlántico
Café Atlántico

Door 13

Discreet Door 13 is the latest chic offering for the city’s in-crowd. With a Twenties vintage vibe, Chesterfield sofas, low lighting and Persian-style rugs, this is a cosy den to relax and unwind in. The eclectic décor includes a pair of huge feathered wings hanging from the ceiling. Gaining entrance requires nerve. Established clients, in James Bond style, key in a secret entry code at the forbidding wrought iron door while newbies need to ring the bell. Experienced mixologists prepare delights such as gin and organic cherry tomato, while acoustic live music is served up from 11pm at weekends.

Contact: 00 34 669 22 2698; facebook.com/door13bar
Opening times: Tues-Sun, 8pm-2am
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins

Door 13
Door 13

Sant Jaume

La Rosa Vermutería

This cheery hangout, tucked away in Plaça Weyler, is for vermouth aficionados: it offers glasses by the barrel or from a selection of vermouth brands. Wines and beers are also served but vermouth is king. Aromatic and seasonal tapas such as fresh prawns, grilled artichokes, patatas bravas, and crispy squid are prepared from a contemporary bar adorned with ristras of chillies and plump garlic. With its mellow background music, white brick walls and comfy leather banquettes, the bar has a warm and welcoming ambience. Staff members are helpful with menu choices too. The perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks or a casual supper.

Contact: larosavermuteria.com
Price: £
Getting in: Walk-ins only

La Rosa Vermuteria
La Rosa Vermuteria

Sant Nicolas

El Camino

As the hottest, slickest and most talked about arrival in Palma, it’s little surprise to learn that the co-creator of El Camino is Eddie Hart, founder of Barrafina in London. Poised and stylish, this eaterie oozes confidence with its marble topped speakeasy bar, mirrored wall and perky line up of red bar stools. There’s an old style Parisian glamour to the gold wall lights, while the menu pulsates with tempting creations. Take your pick from tapas such as grilled artichokes or spicy ceviche and enjoy an inspired wine list with Majorcan bodegas given star billing as well they should.

Contact: elcaminopalma.es
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins

El Camino
El Camino

Mercat

Café L’Antiquari

Eclectic, eccentric, bohemian and brimming with character, L’Antiquari is set on two levels and is the ultimate laid back, snug retreat for an all-day snack, late-night beer or glass of wine. The place is a transformed antique shop, full of knick-knacks, vintage objects d’art and curios, and has a warm and inviting ambience. Regulars flock here for the homemade tapas and famed quiche and salad, and there’s a good choice of spirits and wine too. If you can find a seat, head for the terrace to listen to live music thanks to the street musicians who regularly play here.

Contact: 00 34 871 57 2313; facebook.com/cafeantiquari
Opening times: Mon-Sat, 11.30am-1am
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins

Café L’Antiquari
Café L’Antiquari

Santa Catalina

Hotel Hostal Cuba and Sky Bar

Straddling a prized corner spot on the edge of hip Santa Catalina is the century-old landmark Hotel Hostal Cuba. With its distinctive art nouveau façade and enviable position close to the seafront, its rooftop Sky Bar enjoys fabulous frontline views to the cathedral and marina. The faithful head to this popular haunt for the innovative cocktails, light snacks and chilled live performances by solo artists and groups. Sink into the comfortable seating and drink in the dreamy vistas while sipping a Sailor’s mojito or Negroni on the rocks.

Contact: hotelhostalcuba.com
Price: ££
Getting in: Walk-ins

Sky Bar
Sky Bar

Jaume III

Blue Jazz Club

You don’t have to be a jazz junkie to enjoy renowned Blue Jazz Club with its fabulous rooftop position overlooking the harbour. With regular performances from local and international artists and a jamming session every Monday night, this is one of the city’s most vibrant and popular venues for a cocktail or dinner. The open-plan restaurant has stylish modern décor in neutral tones, and comfy wicker furniture – though the pièce de résistance is the lovely terrace with its spectacular vistas. Relaxed dining is offered with a menu that includes tartares and tatakis, and grilled meats and fish.

Contact: bluejazz.es
Price: ££
Getting in: Reservations for dinner essential

Blue Jazz Club
Blue Jazz Club

Parc de la Mar

Gremium & ALMAQ

Stylish Hotel Es Princep has forged a reputation for great cocktails thanks to its cosy indoor Bar Gremium and ALMAQ roof bar run by award-winning mixologist, Andreu Genestar. The cocktails are well-crafted and at times wickedly experimental but always created with flair and aplomb. Enjoy chilled music and dreamy views of Palma Bay on the roof terrace or snuggle up on a leather sofa in clubby Gremium with its vast collection of gins.

Contact: esprincep.com
Price: ££
Getting in: Reservations recommended

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