This blog post was originally posted on April 21st, 2016 and was updated on February 17th, 2017
With a wine history dating back to Phoenician times (the 8th century BC!) it’s little surprise that Malaga is home to some of the best wine bars in Spain.
From the traditional sweet wines of Malaga (known as DO Malaga) to some of Spain’s most delicious (and cost effective) modern tipples (known as DO Sierras de Malaga) here are the best wine bars in Malaga, or at least, our favorite places to indulge in a glass– or two!
What wines should I order in Malaga?
Before ordering, it is important to point out that Malaga is famous for its sweet wines– these are the wines that have been made for centuries in this part of Spain. The sweet wines of Malaga are produced under the “DO Malaga“, one of Spain’s 69 official wine regions.
Even about five years ago it was difficult to find Malaga wines in Malaga restaurants and tapas bars that weren’t sweet. Since “DO Malaga” only allows for sweet wines, people who wanted to produce dry wines in Malaga were stuck. But in 2001 they created “DO Sierras de Malaga“, a new official wine region that would allow producers to make these excellent wines.
They’ve been slow to catch on, but luckily things are changing meaning that now is one of the best times to be drinking Malaga wines– so without further ado, here are some of the best wine bars in Malaga!
Malaga’s Best Wine Bars
1. Antigua Casa de Guardia
No trip to Malaga is complete without enjoying a glass of wine at Bodega Antigua Casa de Guardia. This super traditional Malaga wine bar was founded in 1840, and is famous for making DO Malaga wines at their nearby bodega (winery). The bar itself is a national treasure– the barrels are beautiful and the straight-faced bartenders take you back decades.
If you go: Try their Pajarete 1908, made with the local Pedro Jiménez grape. It’s a sweet wine that is aged for 36 months in oak barrels, and an amazing way to start the evening!
Address: Alameda Principal, 18
2. Mainake Vinos & Gourmet
This off-the-beaten-path wine shop/wine bar is worth a special trip. The owner, José, specializes in wines from DO Sierras de Malaga, which aren’t easy to come by in your average Malaga wine bar. These excellent dry red and white wines are making waves in the Spanish wine scene for their excellent quality and value.
If you go: Compare the sweet Malaga Moscatel wines with the shop’s bone dry Moscatel white wine.
Learn More: Join Devour Malaga on our Tastes, Tapas, and Traditions of Malaga Food Tour for a Malaga wine tasting at Mainake!
Address: Calle Victoria, 45
3. Bodega Bar El Pimpi
El Pimpi is a Malaga institution– everyone who visits the city must stop here at least once! You can admire its gorgeous wine barrels, each signed by a famous person (such as Antonio Banderas or Penelope Cruz!). It’s undoubtedly one of the best wine bars in Malaga, especially if you want to taste a variety of Malaga’s delicious sweet wines with local cheeses.
If you go: Try a glass of Malaga Virgen, a sweet wine made from Pedro Jiménez grapes that has been aged 24 months in American oak. Pair it with a plate of local cheeses, and you’ll be in heaven!
Address: Calle Granada, 62
4. Vineria de Cervantes
Vineria de Cervantes offers the perfect combination of small tapas plates with great Spanish wines. Their by-the-glass wine list offers unbeatable variety, including many of Spain’s famous Rioja and Ribera del Duero red wines, but also wines from DO Sierras de Malaga and various other regions. They have about 25 different wines by the glass, and plenty of delicious tapas to choose from. Reservations are recommended!
If you go: Pair a glass of Flor Floris, a lovely dry white wine from Malaga, with their tapa of pickled anchovies, guacamole and mango mousse. It’s the perfect combination!
Address: Calle Cárcer, 10, 29012 Málaga
5. Los Patios de Beatas
A wine lover’s paradise, there are more than 500 wines on offer here! Their sommeliers can help you make a choice when it comes to what to order, and they also offer tapas if you’d like to have a bite with your drink. Join their wine club if you think you’ll be a frequent visitor!
If you go: Taste some of Malaga’s excellent dry red wines with a big plate of jamón ibérico– the best cured ham in the world!
Address: Calle Beatas, 43
6. La Odisea
Another off-the-beaten-path location, La Odisea is no secret to locals! It’s a beautiful space with wine barrels serving wine on tap. Their tapas are also worth tasting, especially their marinated carrots (zanahorias aliñadas) or homemade croquettes.
If you go: Grab a seat inside where you can see the beautiful barrels of sweet wines!
Address: Subida Coracha, 1, 29016 Málaga
Malaga is filled with some excellent wine bars, but we believe that these are six of the best wine bars in Malaga. Go, drink and enjoy!
For more information about Malaga wines, and a mini Malaga wine tasting, join our daytime Tastes, Tapas and Traditions of Malaga Food Tour.