Benidorm nightlife is extensive and varied to cater for all ages and all tastes. There are many British bars if that’s what you’re looking for. There are also Irish, Dutch, German and Scandinavian bars. Most of all there are Spanish bars and restaurants representing every region of Spain.
An interesting street is c/Santo Domingo in the old quarter where there’s a whole line of Basque bars and an Asturian cider house. Right in the middle is the Broadway British pub. This typifies Benidorm, whilst the Brits enjoy a pie and a pint not more than a few steps away the Basques are enjoying tapas and red wine. A mixing of cultures in a large, friendly resort where everyone can have a great time.
The biggest concentration of British bars is referred to locally as ‘The Square’. Just head for the junction of Avda. Mallorca and c/Gerona and you can’t miss it. This attracts the worst of Brits abroad in peak season. The most popular hotels here are the Orange and the Venus which put you right on the doorstep of where all the action lies. There are enough bars and clubs spread around c/Gerona, c/Lepanto and Avenida de Mallorca that you might not get much further than this relatively small part of town in a fortnight. But please do as Benidorm has plenty more on offer!
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Benidorm Bars and Clubs
There is a short stretch of Avenida de Mallorca which attracts nearly all British visitors at some point during their stay. Within this stretch are the following bars: Café de Benidorm, Bahamas, Beachcomber, Hippodrome, Lennon’s and Champions. Chaplins and Sinatras on the same street are equally popular.
Others in this zone worth a special mention are Jokers (Avda. Filipinas) and The Shamrock Bar (c/Girona). See the Benidorm Bars Map to locate these bars and more.
In a resort with close to 1000 bars we’ve just mentioned a few that are perennial favourites. There are plenty more great bars and you’ll enjoy yourself wherever you go.
Benidorm is now able to attract some of the UK’s top disc jockeys as it has grown to be second only to Ibiza as the Mediterranean’s top clubbing destination. Penélope (Alcoi, 10) right on Levante beachfront is one of the trendiest places around whilst the Hippodrome and Bahamas in the Square are packed during the summer months. Serious clubbers should head to the Valencia road just on the outskirts of town to visit the the famous KM Dance Club which attracts some of Spain’s top DJs.
Benidorm Tapas Bars
Believe it or not Benidorm is a Spanish town which attracts a huge number of Spanish visitors and has a large Spanish resident population of over 60,000 people. These locals and visitors head for the old town when looking for a night out.
The best known tapas bar is La Cava Aragonesa (Plaza de la Constitución, 2) which is famous for having 44 metres worth of tapas. They also serve some Spanish classics in their restaurant such as roast suckling pig and roast lamb and have almost 200 wines on offer from all over Spain. Not surprisingly it’s always packed.
Just around the corner is ‘Tapas Alley’ where several small tapas bars are all crammed next to one another making an ideal spot for a true Spanish tapas bar crawl.
There are loads of bars and clubs presenting entertainment which ranges from Captain Britain’s kid’s show to Sexy Sophie’s floor show. Some of the best venues which attract top comedians and great singers include Steptoes, Morgan Tavern, Talk of the Coast, Stardust, The Town and Wheeltappers.
There are also great magic acts, hypnotists and drag shows (Bar Le Rue) which are fine for both adults and children. To check out appropriate entertainment for kids take a look at the latest tourist publicity brochures around your hotel reception to find out who’s on where and when.
Regulars to Benidorm claim that you can’t say you’ve been there until you’ve seen the legendary ‘Sticky Vicky’. She’s a sixty odd year old woman who, among other things (!), fires ping pong balls at the crowd and they don’t come from her mouth! Check out local adverts to see where she’s performing. Panchos (c/Gerona is one of her regular spots). The Rich Bitch show bar is another venue earning rave reviews.