The Best Nightlife In Tenerife

Everyone knows that Playa de las Américas is the place to go in Tenerife if you want to party the night away, but Tenerife has so much more to offer than this infamous strip. If you're British or Irish, Playa de las Américas is party central if you want to be amongst people who speak the same lingo as you and where the music blasting out of bars sounds familiar.

Not surprisingly, Playa de las Américas is not the nightlife capital for the Canarian population. In fact, depending on what rings your nocturnal bell, you have to visit different locations to discover a different side to the best in Tenerife.

Young, Free and Single

Holiday rentals in Tenerife near Playa de las Américas and around the infamous Veronica strip are central to the best part bars and clubs in Tenerife. The bars around here aren't quite as seedy as some people make out. The bars are modern, lively and loads of wild fun, especially if you're under 30. It's only a short stagger from Veronica´s to clubs like Tramps which regularly has top international DJs sharing their favourite playlists.

Veronicas, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife

British Baby Boomers

Again it's Playa de las Américas for the best of the familiar live music action. Fortysomethings and above can easily roll back the years, listening to sound-alikes from their formative years along the strip of bars that make up 'The Patch' and Parque de la Paz. There are tons of bouncing live music bars where Tina Turner, Neil Diamond, Billy Idol and Rod Stewart will never, ever go out of fashion. Thankfully there are enough joints where decent musicians bring the tourist music scene more up to date with perfect holiday anthems from the likes of the Black Eyed Peas and the Kings of Leon.

Favourite haunts are Shenanigans, where the resident duo mix music with acerbic wit, the Bulls Head for a bit of head-banging rock and Soul Suite for a slice of smooth Motown classics. The recent opening of a Hard Rock Café in Playa de las Américas has strengthened its position as having some of the best nightlife in Tenerife. 

Echo and the Bunnymen, La Laguna, Tenerife

Student Scene

La Laguna rarely gets mentioned in the same sentence as Tenerife and nightlife, yet it's the location of the island's university and part of the metropolis area where the greatest majority of the Canarian population lives. Everyone knows that where you've got students you're guaranteed a mix of eclectic bars and La Laguna is no different than anywhere else with a thirsty student population. There's a triangle of streets in the centre of Tenerife's former capital that is full of great bars that most tourists will never set foot in, yet which would be right up any visiting student's street. There's even one bar where customers with beards are particularly welcome, appropriately called Barbas. Unsurprisingly there's a decent live music scene as well.

Noria district, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Early Doors

Outside of Tenerife's southern resorts, the best of the bar action doesn't get going till after midnight which doesn't suit the pattern of every visitor who's interested in drinking up the atmosphere surrounded by locals. Staying in a holiday apartment in Santa Cruz, near the Noria district, you can enjoy early evenings with the pavement cafés buzzing with the never-pausing-for-breath chatter of stylish city dwellers chilling out at the end of the working day. As the evening progresses, the action moves onto rooftop terraces and inside chic venues like Mojos y Mojitos and Los Reunidos as the volume is turned up and the Santa Cruz fashionistas move in.

Brazilian band, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

South American Beat

The South American influence in Tenerife is massive with many families having relatives on the other side of the Atlantic. Some of the population are known as 'Indianos' - emigrants who made their fortune in Venezuela or Cuba and returned to their Canary Island homeland to invest their riches. As a result, the soundtrack of every fiesta is generally dominated by a sizzling Latino beat. This beat extends into bars and clubland where the music is often reggaeton and the moves on the dance floor are more likely to be salsa and merengue than anything else. To make the most of ultimate party atmosphere on your holiday to Tenerife, visit Puerto de la Cruz which has a steamy Latino club scene that many Northern European visitors don't know exists as the hip-thrusting doesn't get going until after most have returned to their holiday home. In some parts of the town, it can be busier at 3 am than 3 pm. The steamiest venue is Azucar, located in an atmospheric colonial building. It's a dark and sexy Cuban bar with an electric atmosphere and isn't for the faint-hearted.

LGBT party, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Gay Bars and Clubs

There are a few gay bars and clubs in Tenerife and avenues displaying the unmistakable rainbow colours. Avenida Familia Betencourt y Molina in Puerto de la Cruz is the closest thing to an LGBT district that you'll find in Tenerife. The pick of these is Vampis, one of the best clubs in Tenerife regardless of your sexual persuasion.

Faro Chill Art, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Simply Sophisticated

Sometimes just chilling out in a sleek and sexy looking bar hits the right spot, irrespective of what music is being played or who the other clientèle are. As a rule of thumb, wherever there is a decent nocturnal scene on Tenerife, there is at least one chic bar for night owls who like their drinks to be served in sophisticated surroundings. Combine staying in a holiday villa in Tenerife with visiting some of the most stylish bars, one of the easiest to spot is Faro Chill Art in Costa Adeje. It's a beautiful looking bar/club on various levels overlooking the south coast of Tenerife. How do you find it? Well, there's this big neon coloured lighthouse...

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