Nightlife in Gran Canaria is lively, noisy and fun. It starts late and goes on all night with most bars opening until 02.00 and discos and clubs usually until 06.00. Very little happens before midnight.
Like anywhere else, discos, clubs and bars fall in and out of favour very rapidly, so things may be changed when you come to Gran Canaria. But if you are staying in Las Palmas, the place to go is Plaza de España in the Mesa y Lopéz district, which is always lively until early morning. Here, you will find the old Heineken, where many locals start their evening.
Elsewhere there’s Cuasquías, a popular venue for free live music, Nowanda Café Club, recommended for jazz aficionados and the Mojo Club, next to the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, a good place to take in enthusiastic DJ sets.
And even more is going on all along the south coast. It’s impossible to get bored in a place where nobody seems to sleep, except at siesta time that is. There are hundreds of bars, clubs and discos catering for a wide range of tastes, especially in Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas and Meloneras. Just head for the big shopping centres and choose what’s best for you. On your way to the main nightlife areas, you’ll always encounter people on the street handing out flyers and encouraging you to visit their bar/disco/club.
In Playa del Inglés look out for the Yumbo (famous for its gay scene), Kasbah (where the young and beautiful meet) and Plaza, and dance along to the latest international music hits. And in July 2010 the infamous Pacha opened its doors in Playa del Inglés.
If you prefer a quieter atmosphere and you’d like to try your luck, there are two casinos in Gran Canaria, the Casino Las Palmas situated inside the Hotel Santa Catalina in the city of Las Palmas, and the Gran Canaria Casino, which you’ll find in the Hotel Meliá Tamarindos in San Agustín.
And don’t forget Meloneras with its stylish and contemporary bars and cafés. There are plenty of places to chill out and watch the sunset while enjoying your favourite tipple.