Alicante’s mild climate is ideal for nighttime fun almost any time of year. Like in many other parts of Spain, the parties tend to start late and last deep into the night or even until dawn. Dinner, too, is served quite late, usually at nine or ten. El Barrio, or the old city center, is a particularly good place to go for drinks or a late-night meal; cafes and taverns line the streets, sometimes with live salsa or jazz music. There are many good wines from nearby La Marina and Vinalopó that deserve a taste, so take a long look at the wine list at restaurants. For some old-fashioned beer from the tap, try one of the many bars around town: JDs at the Plaza San Pedro, Saffy’s Sports Bar on Edif Mar or La Taberna in Plaza Sierra Castilla.

Near the Esplanada, a more modern Alicante features elegant pubs, fine dining, discos and dance clubs.. Mesón de Labradores is a cheap tapas bar with a lively atmosphere. Ovuca Club and Paradís are popular places for dancing and listening to music.

With all the Events & Festivals going on in Alicante, you’re likely to find a nighttime fiesta no matter what season it is, though the city’s best parties are still in the summer, as it is when the Bonfires of Saint John and the Moros y Cristianos festival take place.