Do they even drink craft beer in Malaga?

This blog post was originally posted on September 9th, 2015 and was updated on August 9th, 2017

Up until a few years ago, the idea of craft beer in Spain didn’t seem to be very popular.

Most people would head to their local bar and order a “caña,” which is basically a small glass of draft beer. On tap you would find the local beers, but nothing fancy, and in Malaga that means usually either Victoria or Cruzcampo. However that’s all changing with the trend of places to drink craft beer in Malaga.

Places to Drink Craft Beer in Malaga

Of course you could always find international beers in Irish pubs or in the specialty section of higher end grocery stores, however we are very pleased about the number of craft beer places that have popped up in Malaga in recent years. In fact, more and more people are interested in brewing their own beers at home. It’s a great way to cool off in Malaga, too! But it seems this is a trend that is here to stay, so if you enjoy a good brew, these are our favorite places to drink craft beer in Malaga.

Cerveceria Arte & Sana

Arte & Sana is a bar that could easily be plucked right out of Bushwick in New York City. With minimal decoration and the daily craft beers written in chalk along the back wall, you feel immediately comfortable and “at home.”

The bartenders are more than helpful in picking out either one of the beers that are on tap or one of their bottled beers. We suggest trying the Malaqa Beers, which are made locally. Our favorite is one called “Back to School”, and in fact, this beer makes it one of our favorite places to drink craft beer in Malaga.

Address: Plaza de la Merced, 5
Hours: Mondays: 7pm-1am, Tuesdays-Thursdays: 5pm-1am, Fridays and Saturdays: 1:30pm-2am, Sundays 1pm-4pm and 7pm-1am

One of our favorite places to drink craft beer in Malaga is the polished Central Beers in the center of Malaga
Enjoying a cold craft beer at Central Beers

Central Beers

We fell in love with Central Beers the moment we walked inside. This great joint is located in the center of town ad prides themselves on their local atmosphere. With beautiful wood decoration and a computer screen mounted on the wall with the beers on tap, Central Beers serves up a good selection of artisanal and craft beers, a variety of hamburgers, and often has sport on the TV.

Address: Calle Cárcer, 6
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays: 1pm-2am, Fridays-Sundays 1pm-4am

El Rincón del Cervecero

If you are in the SoHo area, El Rincón del Cervecero is the perfect place to grab a craft beer. We love that there is a huge terrace so you can enjoy your beers outside in the sun, although there is also ample space indoors for the winter. They have a good selection – in fact, we needed help from the bartender to make our decision! – but our favorite part? They serve your beer with a plate of potato chips and slices of chorizo! This is a great option after visiting the CAC and enjoying the artsy ambiance of SoHo.

Address: Calle Casas de Campos, 5
Hours: Mondays-Wednesdays 12pm-4pm and 6:30pm-10:30pm, Thursdays-Saturdays 12pm-4pm and 6:30pm-12:30pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm

One of the places to drink craft beer in Malaga in the neighborhood of SoHo is the Rincon del Cervecero. We love that they brought us chips and chorizo! with our drinks!
The amazing tapa that comes with your drink at the Rincon del Cervecero

La Botica de la Cerveza

This is a little place just a few blocks up from the Plaza de la Merced, but it is certainly making a name for itself in Malaga’s craft beer scene. With over 300 different kinds of craft beers, it’s no wonder! The Botica is also a great place to buy craft brews (from Spain and elsewhere) and they offer gift packs, as well as sales online. Don’t forget to check out their great blog with recipes for those of you who also want to cook with craft beer!

Address: Calle Victoria, 13
Hours: Mondays-Saturdays: 12pm-3pm and 7pm-2am, Sundays: 7pm-2am

The craft beers in Malaga at Central Beers
The beers on tap at Central Beers in Malaga

Of course, there are other places to drink craft beer in Malaga.

This is a list of some of our favorites, but if you are at a restaurant or bar that serves local beers, we suggest you try a Spanish craft beer! While you might not find the “pumpkin flavored” ale from back home, you might be surprised at the variety of craft beers in Spain!

Join us on one of our Food Tours to learn all about the local foods and wines! Sure, there is no craft beer but we will make sure you learn all about the best traditional foods we have on offer.

8 Comment

  1. I suggest go out Malaga’s city and visit small villages like Frigiliana, near of Nerja, and visit the pioneers introducing craft beer in Málaga province: La Domadora y el León, Craft Beer Garage and tasting their wonderful tropical pale ale La Axarca too 🙂 Cheers¡

  2. Emilio says: Reply

    You are missing the number 1!
    http://www.ratebeer.com/places/city/malaga/0/183/

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    Interesting indeed. But I can’t think of any reason me for handing over the equivalent of €9 for a pint of IPA

    It represents unforgivable pricing – unless the Spanish Govt has singled out ale and lager brewing for ridiculously prohibitive tax treatment…

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