Nightlife in Lanzarote

by Nicola Quinn
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Nightlife
'Night scene of the Playa Blanca resort, on the Lanzarote Island in the Canary Islands, Spain.' - Lanzarote
'Night scene of the Playa Blanca resort, on the Lanzarote Island in the Canary Islands, Spain.' Mihai-Bogdan Lazar / Shutterstock

When the sun sets, Lanzarote really comes to life with an incredibly varied nightlife scene. From the buzzing nightclubs of Puerto del Carmen to the traditional Spanish bars in Arrecife, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. One of the best things about nightlife in Lanzarote is that all the venues are quite close to each other, which makes bar and club hopping easy, quick and affordable.

Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is without a doubt the best place for nightlife in Lanzarote. If you want to party until the early hours, you’ll find a plethora of nightclubs all across the resort which stay open until the sun rises.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more relaxed, there are plenty of stylish wine and cocktail lounges to choose from where you can relax with a long drink whilst watching the sun set on the horizon. In addition to the bars and clubs, Puerto del Carmen is also home to an extravagant casino where you can test your luck whilst enjoying a drink or two.

Playa Blanca

More chilled out and low-key than Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca is a top destination for leisurely drinks before or after dinner. You’ll find a great selection of bars surrounding stylish harbour where you can sink into a comfy sofa, drink in hand, whilst listening to funky music and soaking up the cool ambiance.

If you’re in the mood for some live music, Playa Blanca is the place to be. There are loads of venues across the resort which offer nightly entertainment in the form of bands, tribute acts and solo artists. These bars generally fill up very quickly, so get there early if you want a seat with a great view.

Arrecife

Although Arrecife doesn’t directly cater for tourists, it is a fantastic choice for an authentic Canarian night out and thanks to its small size, it’s easy to get around on foot. Locals don’t usually start partying until late, so you shouldn’t expect the atmosphere to really get going until 10-11pm.

The late opening is more than made up for by the bars not closing until the very early hours. You’ll find an eclectic mix of small and friendly Spanish bars, quaint and character-full tapas establishments and lively samba-style dancing clubs throughout Arrecife.