The capital of the Costa Del Sol is, as you might expect, blessed with ample sunshine. So gathering your travel crew for a round of refreshing Aperol Spritzes and sharing plates on a lively terrace goes without saying – the only question is where to do it? These splendid spots enhance sunny vibes with delicious food, making your holiday aperitivo hour really shine.

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Alma Playa

Alma Playa
Raise a glass with friends this summer

This easy-on-the-eye, palm-fringed beachfront bar does a strong line in Asian-inspired seafood small plates. Think impeccably seasoned morsels of octopus, pillowy bao buns, ceviche and crunchy salad bowls with arresting floral pops. The vibe is contemporary, with smart woods and long tables with dreamy sea views. If you’re looking to bag a spot by the sea for a chatty sunset Aperol Spritz, this ‘playa’ is hard to beat. 

18 Avenida de la Torre
almaplayarincon.com

Cambara

Cambara
A tiki hideout that takes food just as seriously as its perfectly-poured Aperol Spritzes

Celebrated Malaga chef Diego René leads the team at this buzzy tiki spot just off the Playa de la Malagueta. So what’s cooking? Immaculate fried chicken gyoza, orchid tomatoes with stracciatella and hazelnut pesto, beef sliders with indulgent shavings of truffle cheese. The cheek croquettes in potato foam are especially worthy of mention. The delicious hits just keep on coming, imaginatively plated and crying out for an accompanying Aperol Spritz as day shades into night and live music starts up for the bar’s convivial crowd. 

Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual with hip-swaying live music and note-perfect nibbles

CC Muelle Uno, Paseo de la Farola
cambara.es

Frida Pahlo

As the name suggests, this adorable seaside spot holds a candle for a certain iconic Mexican artist. This love is reflected in the decor, with great coloured murals offering a vibrant backdrop to evening drinks and a menu of Latino favourites. Nibble on moreish quesadillas, tacos and irresistible slivers of ceviche, contemplating the comings and goings of boats in the harbour as your cool glass of Aperol Spritz hits the sweet spot.

19 Paseo Marítimo el Pedregal
fridapahlo.com

Casaamigos

Casaamigos
Patatas bravas with kimchee foam followed by oxtail croquettes? Sounds like foodie heaven to us

The name quite literally means ‘friend’s house’ in Spanish and you’ll never be short of good company at this contemporary city centre bar and eatery. Inside, it’s pretty with upscale decor. Bag a table and mingle with new friends over the exquisite fusion light bites: think patatas bravas with kimchee foam; oxtail croquettes; calamari bocatita (sandwich) with an inspired slather of mayonnaise made using yerba buena (a mint-like herb); or moist, moreish sliders with chorizo, mango chutney and havarti cheese. 

14 Calle Nosquera
casaamigos.es

La Playa Surf House

This lively, spacious venue perched right on the beach and decked out in desirable designer furniture is the summer sipping spot against which all others should be judged. Settle in at La Playa Surf House with a gang of like-minded pals for an evening refresher, grazing imaginatively plated, pan-Asian small plates. Look out for healthy Vietnamese rolls with crunchy lettuce, creamy Thai curry on a bed of noodles with impeccably fried wonton, or – the real headliner – bluefin tuna tartare on a bed of sushi fried rice. 

Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual while devouring pan-Asian treats after a stroll along the beach

Los Alamos, Paseo Marítimo Torremolinos
laplayasurfhouse.com

La Terraza de Alcazaba

La Terraza de Alcazaba
Swing by La Terraza de Alcazaba's chic rooftop terrace for a sun-dappled aperitivo

For a truly elevated experience, make your way downtown to the Alcazaba hotel and head for roof terrace. On La Terraza de Alcazaba you’re guaranteed the best views in Malaga, with the romantic 11th-century Alcazaba of Malaga and the Gibralfaro Castle making ideal backdrops for that winning group selfie. Settle in on a long white sofa and order whatever tasty small plates are on that day. It’s a sociable yet chilled-out setting to toast an Aperol Spritz with friends old and new. 

Enjoy the Aperol Spritz ritual beside romantic skyline views

12 Calle Alcazabilla
hotelalcazabapremium.com/terraza-chill-out

La Terraza de San Juan

La Terraza de San Juan
Settle in amongst the rousing rooftop views with a glass of something cool and refreshing

Perched enticingly on the fifth-floor rooftop of the Malaga Premium hotel, this smart, fashionable-yet-ultra-friendly bar is just the place to see in the sunset after an action-packed day on the Andalusian coast. From the comfy, social seating, the pretty tower of the ancient church of Saint John the Baptist feels like it’s almost within touching distance, surrounded by a sea of old Malaga’s historic rooftops. Hang around long enough and you’ll be able to watch as the tower is lit up. Truly glorious. 

11 Calle San Juan
hotelmalagapremium.com/terraza-malaga

Enjoy Aperol responsibly.