Often referred to as Britain in the sun, Gibraltar does offer a ‘home away from home' feel for many visitors who return year after year to enjoy fun in the sun, while still still being able to get a taste of home such as the drink and food options offered in the many Gibraltar bars. Some visitors like to be adventurous and mix it up a bit, ordering a plate of olives along with their pie & mash and maybe have a San Miguel or Cruzcampo beer instead of a pint of Stella, but the majority of holidaymakers from Britain choose the Rock for its welcoming familiarity.
Gibraltar Bar Areas
Bars can be found the length and breadth of Gibraltar, from the Victoria Lounge in the airport terminal to Bar Europa Point Express on the far south of the Rock near the iconic lighthouse. The east side of Gibraltar is home to Catalan Bay where visitors can enjoy refreshments in Michelangelo's, La Terraza and the popular Seawave Bar or a superb meal in the Caleta Hotel that features the AA Rosette Award winning Nuno's Restaurant and lovely Piano Bar.
On the south of the Rock near the end of the harbour visitors can partake in a pint or two in either the Coach & Horses or Wembley Bar, and what better way to end a night on the beer than a good old ‘Ruby Murray' at the Kashmiri Curry House, conveniently located right in the middle of the two bars. Staying south but heading towards the central area, the action hots up with a number of bars along Queensway Road in the harbour area and a further great choice of Gibraltar bars as you head into Irish Town, where of course it would be considered rude by the Irish if you didn't stop for a pint of the ‘black stuff' and a bit of the craic 🙂
The vast majority of Gibraltar bars are located along Irish Town, the shopping district along Main Street, the smaller streets branching off it, the very lively Grand Casemates Square and finally, in the wonderful Ocean Village Marina. Both Grand Casemates Square and the marina offer a vibrant evening atmosphere where some visitors and residents like to take it easy in a street side cafe and enjoy the breeze, and others are out for wall to wall fun, hopping from venue to venue and generally getting to know the Gibraltar bars intimately!
The Star Bar – Dating back centuries, The Star Bar is Gibraltar's oldest and most famous pub where the quirky menus proudly state; Christopher Columbus diverted into Gibraltar to enjoy a fillet steak meal at The Star Tavern on his way to discovering the Americas. A nice bit of history and very pleasant decor with an outdoor terrace and around £2.00 for a small bottle of beer and £5.00 for a cocktail. Visitors can find The Star Bar off Main Street on Parliament Lane.
Trafalgar Sports Bar – Aptly located next to Trafalgar Cemetery and Horatio Nelson Statue at the south end of Main Street, Trafalgar Sports Bar offers comfortable air conditioned indoor seating with sports memorabilia adorning the walls and bar and large flat screen TV's to watch all the latest sporting events. The bar serves wholesome pub grub and a range of lagers and ales ranging from £2.50 – £3.00 which can be enjoyed indoors or on the outdoor terrace.
The Angry Friar – Visitors heading south down Main Street will find The Angry Friar just passed King's Chapel and The Convent. Also serving good old British fare, the bar offers free WiFi and has seating indoors as well as canopy covered and open air outdoor seating. Hungry customers who don't fancy pub food should head about 100 metres back down Main Street where the lunch time queues pay testament to the quality food at Ramsons Burgers. Their bread rolls are delicious and they offer a varied menu including tasty chicken tikka rolls.
The Square Cafe – Many of the popular Gibraltar bars are located in the lively Grand Casemates Square where visitors can enjoy traditional fish & chips along with a pint of beer or glass of wine in The Square Cafe. They also do a good selection of bottled beers, and impromptu BBQ's in their courtyard seating area during the summer months.
All's Well – Also located in Grand Casemates Square, All's Well is a traditional themed tavern that offer a selection of craft beers alongside the usual ales and lagers, pub grub, daily menu specials, and surprisingly their speciality dish is delicious Moroccan tagines, a slow cooked stew flavoured with traditional Moroccan spices and dried fruits.
The Dolphin – Visitors enjoying a day of swimming and sunbathing in Camp Bay can quench their thirst at The Dolphin located just a few metres from the beach on Keightley Way Road. This is one of the quaint little Gibraltar bars with a picturesque setting below the Rock and shaded outdoor seating to enjoy the sea and Rock views.
Top Of The Rock Cafe – Gibraltar bars are to be found throughout the popular tourist areas, and those taking the cable car to the Upper Rock Nature Reserve can stop for refreshments in the Top Of The Rock Cafe. Here it's all about the spectacular views and trying the quirky Bushy's Gibraltar Barbary Beer. (I don't know why they named a beer after Muslim pirates!) Whatever the reason, the 500ml bottles are quite a rare find in the Gibraltar bars so are worth a try, even at the stiff price of £4.00.
Above are just a few of the bars in Gibraltar where visitors can enjoy a cold drink or meal and get a taste of home away from home. There are many others to try, and with Gibraltar's land mass being less than 7 square kilometres, most of them can be visited on foot although some of the more ‘thirsty' drinkers may need to get a taxi back to their accommodation 🙂