During the frequent summer festivals, you will find plenty of partying in the streets of Valletta at night. For the large festas, mainly Carnival and the feast day of St. Paul on February 10, the celebrations are even rowdier, with people dressed in colorful costumes, fireworks and performers playing traditional music. Outside of these times, consider a trip to the Manoel Theatre at 115 Old Theatre Street. Established in 1732 by the Grand Master of the Order of Saint John, it is one of Europe’s oldest theatres and Malta’s best-known performing arts center. You will find not only staged plays here, but also poetry readings, jazz performances and rock concerts. There is also the Republic Theatre, located in the Mediterranean Conference Centre, which hosts some performances as well. For more modern theatrical work, visit the Embassy Cinema Complex on Sta Lucia Street, which shows the latest European and American movies, or St. James Cavalier at the Centre for Creativity, which has both a theatre and a cinema, as well as other exhibition and conference facilities.

In the last few years, as tourism to the islands have picked up, nightclubs in this otherwise conservative Catholic nation have picked up. However, most of the clubs are found in Paceville in St. Julian’s, mostly in resorts and casinos. Valletta usually becomes quite deserted after about 9pm except for the area around the waterfront, which has some restaurants open late.