In Malaga, you'll find a lot of bars and clubs around the city centre. Plaza de la Merced is popular with both locals and tourists as a place to start (and end) the night, and it's home to lively spots like Weekend Café Bar.
Likewise, Alcazabilla is a good street to check out. Here is where you'll find Teatro Romano, and famous local bodega bar El Pimpi.
Many of the streets off of and parallel to the Calle Marqués de Larios have a selection of place to have a drink or dance the night away.
On C/ Luis de Velazquez, two of the most notable venues are La Bodega Malaguena and the Casanova Lounge Club. Nearby Sala Wengé is another favourite with the party people who flock to Malaga each year.
In terms of theatre, the Teatro Cervantes is probably the city's most notable venue. It hosts live music, as well as plays and many other events.
C/ Luis de Velazquez 2, Malaga, Spain
This lively bodega bar is really popular with locals. La Bodega Malaguena boasts a v-shaped bar that cradles a large number of tables, some of which are fashioned from big, old barrels with high stools. The spaces above and behind the bar are decorated with wine bottles, musical instruments and more. There are tables outside too, and on warm nights these are teeming with people chatting and sampling the bar's large selection of wines, beers and other drinks.
Open Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm & 8pm-12am, closed Sundays.
C/ Santa Lucia 11, Malaga, Spain
Loud and bright, Sala Wengé is a really popular club. There is lots of space to move about in, with a few tall tables scattered around. The aim of the game in this club, though, is dancing. Visitors to the city rub elbows with the locals who also come here to dance the night away. There's a long bar serving a wide selection of drinks, and the interior can quite happily be described as shiny.
Open Fri-Sun 11pm-7am, Wed 10pm-4am; closed Mon, Tues and Thurs.
Plaza de la Merced 14, Malaga, Spain
Waiting outside this well-liked cocktail bar to welcome you in, you'll see Elvis himself. Weekend tends to be quite a busy place, probably due to its huge selection of cheap cocktails from Cosmopolitans to Margaritas. There's also a good selection of beers and coffees to choose from. The bar is long with the back boasting cocktail glasses of all shapes and sizes, and loud music plays here into the night.
Open 7 days 9am-2am.
C/ Alcazabilla 7, Malaga, Spain
In the Teatro Romano bar, there are lots of tables with wicker chairs scattered around. There's a big screen TV just inside the door that tends to show VH1 quite loudly. A few steps up will lead you into the second part of the bar, which has some couches and another TV. The whole place is filled with muted, red lighting giving it an intimate feel. The drinks menu is extremely wide, including everything from cheap cocktails, to spirits, to beer, to milkshakes. There are lots of seats outside too, and the bar is generally pretty busy.
Open 7 days, 10am-2am.
C/ Luis de Velazquez 5, Malaga, Spain
It's probably no surprise, given who the Casanova is named after, that this club has a sexy interior. From the plush red velvet booths and their tables fitted with flat screen TVs to the red chandeliers hanging around the long bar, this club radiates an air of elegance. The décor is pretty original, with giant playing cards adorning the walls and dice hanging from the ceiling. A DJ plays loud, mostly Latin music here each night and there's room to dance. Along with its classy opulence, this bar also boasts reasonable prices and very, very generous measures.
Open Sun-Wed 4pm-3am, Thurs-Sat 4pm-4am.