Torrevieja Music Bars
Nightlife in Torrevieja covers a broad spectrum, and with many of the bars staying open past midnight people sometimes wonder whether they are in a bar or nightclub, and just to mix it up a bit more, there are Torrevieja music bars. I have lived in the city for 5 months and during my visits to various entertainment establishments I have come to look at it like this.
Bars, whether they have live music and stay open late, will not have a real dance floor or permanent Dj booth and people wanting to dance will usually just move some tables and chairs aside. Most serve a small selection of meals and snacks, and nearly all will open from around midday. Nightclubs do not serve food and predominantly only open from 10pm and close at around 7am. Then you have Torrevieja music bars; some of these will open during the day and others in the early evenings. Most will have a restaurant and a dedicated area for dancing and Dj’s, and will usually close a couple of hours after the bars and before the nightclubs, around 4am.
Having said this, there is one establishment that blows my theory out of the water and is in a class of its own, Niki Lounge. Due to its size and excellent entertainment on offer, I have written an article on Niki Lounge under our ”Nightclub” category. The city’s most popular music bar is Tropic 222 Music Bar, located at the end of Los Locos beach if you were heading towards La Mata. Established since 1981, the bar has built up an impressive following of Scandinavian party goers that come back year after year to dance the night away to some great Dj sets, live bands and theme party nights. The setting is wonderful with lights strung among the trees and terrace areas where you can enjoy views over the Mediterranean whilst enjoying a meal from their pizzeria or burger bar. The dance floor gets lively and the music and lighting systems are top notch. There are a number of indoor and outdoor bars to choose from and a comfortable lounge area to chill out. Unfortunately due to Tropic being in a popular beach front residential area, they close at 11.30pm but are open daily from 9am and if you fancy continuing the party, there are a number of nightclubs open until the sun comes up.
If you continue past Tropic 222 you start to enter the outskirts of La Mata, and at Vela beach before you get to the town centre you will find the very stylish La Fusión Gastro Music Club. Greeted by life size statues of Samuri warriors as you enter the doors, you will find a pleasant open plan layout that is well furnished with comfortable sofas, and tables and chairs complete with huka pipes (no wacky backy allowed !!) There is a dance floor and raised stage for Dj sets and live performances as well as an outdoor terrace area overlooking the beach. Besides the main kitchen that serves fairly pricey nouvelle cuisine, there is an open plan sushi and oyster bar. La Fusión is open Monday to Wednesday from 10am – 2am and Thursday to Sunday from 10am – 4am.
Back in Torrevieja city centre, a great music bar for the young and older crowd alike is Monroe’s Rock Café Bar that is located on Caballero de Rodas 71, just a few blocks up from the city’s main beach, Playa del Cura. Established in 1989 by a pair of rock fanatic brothers, Neil & Nigel, the place is all about rock, from the memorabilia adorning the walls and bar to the dedicated patrons dress code and hair styles. Here you won’t find a divide between cultures, as it’s all about the music and atmosphere where local Spaniards party alongside expats and holidaymakers, throwing back copious amounts of alcohol and dancing wherever the mood takes them, often out onto the pavement. They hold various party nights throughout the year and also the odd Rock Festival. Monroe’s is open Monday to Thursday from 3pm – 4am and Friday & Saturday from 4pm – 4am. There are other music bars in the city and you will soon find them by following the sound of their music.
The nearby area of Orihuela Costa is where the British and Irish like to party, and its popular resorts are crammed with bars and restaurants catering to these holidaymakers as well as a large expat community. The most popular area for day and night time revelry is the famous Cabo Roig strip that is lined with a good selection of lively bars and eateries. Probably the most well known establishment is the huge Bushwacka Bar that features some of Europe’s top Dj’s and regular foam parties, theme nights and live music gigs. This Aussie themed bar really pulls in the die hard party crowd with nightly drinks promotions, buckets of strong cocktails and crazy shooters. For a bar that dedicates so much time to partying, they have a surprisingly good and extensive menu. Located just up from Cabo Roig beach, Bushwacka is open every day of the week from 12pm – 4am.
Also located in Orihuela Costa, the residential area and commercial centre of La Florida is very popular with Irish holidaymakers. Here you will find the Emerald Isle Pub with its large swimming pool, and the firm favourite party venue, Abbey Tavern. Although this place gets lively, it is also an excellent venue for families and the older crowd. Open daily from 12pm – 4am, the Abbey enjoys wonderful décor both inside and out. There is seating around the bar, lounge areas, dance floor, Dj podium and an upstairs gallery. Outside is where most people enjoy their evenings, and the beautiful tropical gardens have loads of seating, 2 bars, kids play area and an entertainment stage where they host regular live music, including fantastic flamenco shows. They offer an extensive menu and the shady gardens are great for a few lunch time drinks or proper Spanish coffee.