We’ve all craved a wild holiday of drinking and dancing at night and sleeping off the consequences on the beach the morning after, and there is no better place to indulge than on holidays to Tenerife.
From the moment the wheels of the plane touch the tarmac, Tenerife will enthrall you with its warm weather and friendly atmosphere, and this isn’t more apparent than in Playa de las Americas, on the south of the island. However, how do you know where is good for a night out? After all, holiday time is precious and you don’t want to waste your time having a few disastrous after dark experiences before you find the best places.
First off, head to Starco’s for a shopping centre layout of bars, where you can dance from door to door, getting the best drinks offers on your way. This is where most revelers begin their nights, meeting people and enjoying the cheerful atmosphere in places such as Lineker’s Bar with its outdoor terrace, and Brannigans, where you can get involved in drinking games. Later on, with a few cocktails swigged back and some itchy feet under the table, Veronica’s strip is the place to head to. It begins to get very popular in the early hours of the morning, providing wall-to-wall clubs with enough dance floor space to keep the most determined clubbers happy. The Patch is an area more popular with older holidaymakers, and is where you can find comedy shows, karaoke, singers and impersonators. The Full Monty is a great place to watch cabaret and The Sax Bar is great for those who want to get in touch with their inner rock god whilst on holiday in Tenerife.
Los Cristianos is home to some of the best in karaoke fun, including Shakespeare’s bar, where bad singers are welcome and therefore entertainment is in the masses. Enjoy a meal and a drink here whilst cringing at the performances, as they become more drink fuelled by the hour. For something a bit less ‘strangled cat’, head to The Merry Monk, for live acts seven nights a week, cocktails and a laid back vibe.
San Eugenio is a little less hectic than its frantic neighbour Playa de las Americas, and is a great place for families and couples, who can sit back and enjoy a few drinks and a traditional meal. Manhattans bar offers a night with a difference, being the only place on the island where you can listen to live soul and Motown. For some unique entertainment, order one of 130 cocktails at Harleys American Restaurant and Bar, and witness its creation with impressive, stylish flaring from the award winning bartenders. The Irish Rover has got to be the only place where you can see Elvis, Freddie Mercury, Shirley Bassey and the Blues Brothers all in one place… impersonators of course, but who’s to differentiate once they’ve got a few cocktails down the hatch?
Although a lot of the best nightlife on a Tenerife holiday is centered around Playa de las Americas, there are other smaller pockets to discover, such as the Golf del Sur where you can catch country music at Jimmy’s or the Costa del Silencio where you can watch some cabaret in Flicks Bar on the seafront. Los Gigantes is home to The Wine Bar at The Harbour Club, where you can enjoy a meal and some Rat Pack style entertainment, and Puerto Santiago is where you discover a little gem called Route 66. Here people of all ages come together in some relaxed performances of music spanning all eras, it is also a great place to spy the somewhat un-rhythmical dance to their own tune!
A holiday in Tenerife is a great place to find your own style of nightlife, whether it’s hectic, wild and chaotic, or chilled, calm and pleasurable, once the sun goes down, there’s a perfect spot by a bar for anyone.
L Feasey is a travel writer and writes about Tenerife holidays for the easyJet holidays website after staying in the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel on the south of the island.