Spending a holiday in Puerto Banus, it is very difficult to not get submerged into its well developed, carelessly interesting night life. In this blog I will tell you about my experience of night life in Puerto Banus. First of all, just to be clear about what we are dealing with here; if you are hoping to spend the night raving to popular DJs like you would do in Ibiza, unluckily, Puerto Banus cannot offer you such an opportunity. Most of the clubs are small in comparison to high end clubs, but you can still have quite a bit of fun. In the end of my blog, I will rank the clubs in terms of my experience in them. In this blog I will not go through each and every club in Puerto Banus area, but will only mention the ones worth noting.
When the clock hits twelve, just like the carriage in brothers’ Grimm “Cinderella”, Puerto Banus turns into an anthill swarming with PRs trying to lure you into their clubs and bars. But do not be naive when offered a ‘great deal’ of 15 euros an hour for a free bar, because these kinds of deals usually lead you to a claustrophobically small room, slightly resembling a bar, in which you are most likely to spend your free hour on standing in queues trying to order one drink. Devils bar and Sky Bar are famous for having multiple PRs out on the streets trying to offer you a sexy deal. However, if you are looking for a bar to have pre-drinks with your friends and at the same time to enjoy the atmosphere and the music, I would recommend you to visit ‘Amber’ bar, which is located on the Plaza Antonio Banderas, right in the heart of Puerto Banus. Drinks here are fairly well priced at 10 euros per drink, and so are shots. The atmosphere is great along with good music, nice interior and occasional go-go dancer shows.
The most famous club in Puerto Banus is Tibu. Tibu lives up to its reputation, with strict face control, decent music and a good dance floor. However, if you are planning to buy drinks inside the club, it may come a little bit pricey. This is why, in any club in Puerto Banus, if you are going out with your friends, I would recommend to get a table rather than just entering the club because, although €1000 per table may sound too much, you can actually have 10 people at the table and overall will end up spending less money. For around €1000 euros in Tibu between 8 people you will be able to get a 1.75 litre bottle of high quality vodka with unlimited mixers and a bottle of champagne. Tables in Tibu are very well located, with the view of the whole club. Cutting to the chase, Tibu is definitely a place you would want to go on your night out in Puerto Banus.
Going deeper inside Banus, on the first line from the sea you will encounter a street with lots of clubs and bars, and the one that will come to your attention the most would probably be a place called ‘Seven’, looking rather cool from the outside, with panoramic windows and interesting lighting inside. However, although it presents itself as a club, it will be very generous to call ‘Seven’ so. It much more resembles a lounge area with occasional tables placed here and there. The music is not the best in Seven either and the drinks are rather expensive. It may be fine to visit once out of curiosity, but if you are planning on getting a table in Seven for the whole night, I would much rather recommend you other venues, simply because Seven, in my opinion is boring. Moving on from the first line of Banus, lets teleport to the port entry, near which you will find an entrance to a mystical place called ‘Mirage’.
Mirage, in my humble opinion, would be my top pick out of all the clubs inside Puerto Banus. Note, how I have said ‘inside’, as I think there are one or two clubs, which would top Mirage, but are located a little bit further out. Even though, Mirage doesn’t have the best location, being almost a basement, it has a very nice interior and great decorations and is overall rather spacious, with a large dance floor. The music at Mirage was my favourite. Occasional live drum shows will keep you energised for the whole night. Drinks at Mirage are surprisingly cheaper than in other clubs in Puerto Banus. Mirage is definitely a place to go on a night out, however it will only get busy by 2 o’clock, so make sure to make up your plans for that time.
Funky Buddha is a net of two clubs, the new one being opened in 2015 in Puerto Banus first line, and the second one being the good old Funky Marbella.
Funky Marbella is considered to be the best club around, with great music, spacious dance floor and luxurious VIP area. It definitely will be on top of my list of clubs in Marbella, however it will not come cheap. A standard table in Funky Marbella would be around €1500 between 8-10 people.
Travelling a little bit more towards Marbella, you will encounter La Suite, hidden inside of the Puente Romano hotel territory. This is by far the most high end club in Marbella, with very strict face control of what I believe to be 23 years of age or over. Mostly due to this age restriction, you are not very likely to have a mad night at La Suite. It is good for grand celebrations such as birthdays. The drinks here are by far the most expensive; a glass of Hennessy would stand at over €35. Music and interior design of the club are outstanding. The club also contains a terrace where you can order a shisha.
If you are not a fan of nightclubs and would rather have a relaxed evening with great food and high quality hookah, Mosh Fun Kitchen is a perfect place to go. Personally, one of my favourite places in Marbella, it is situated near Aloha gardens. The food in Mosh is outstanding, so is everything else that the restaurant offers. Here, you are sure to try the best hookah in Marbella.