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If you are looking for straight-up hedonism, hit the bottle with kindred dance-till-dawn spirits in party-hard Benalmádena. The busy bars and pulsing clubs are clustered around the fittingly nick-named 24 Hour Square (AKA Plaza Solymar) and the pricier marina.
There is also a good selection of bars and clubs in Estepona, with the old town area offering more relaxed places for a pint or cocktail.
For something a little more sophisticated, pop Champagne with the ridiculously rich in the glitzy Puerto Banús. Marbella is another popular resort in which to wet your whistle and just a 90-minute drink-peppered walk from Puerto Banús. Their stylish venues, which range from the low-key, daytime-only Nikki Beach club to the celebrity-packed Aqwa Mist nightclub, attract an impeccably groomed, big-spending, clientele.
The nightlife scene in Nerja is dialled down a few notches and you’re more likely to see bar patrons lingering over, as opposed to downing, their drinks. Entertainment comes courtesy of authentic flamenco shows, karaoke and jazz nights.
Torremolinos is also less club-heavy, but does have plenty of lively if low-key chiringuitos (beach bars) and restaurants.
If you want to put your GSCE Spanish to use, head for the authentic bars of La Carihuela, the go-to neighbourhood for Spanish holidaymakers in the region.
Many of the larger resorts also stage nightly family-oriented shows.
Before you hit the bars, enjoy a spot of local cuisine. We have plenty of suggestions on our page dedicated to eating out on the Costa del Sol.