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One Epic Bar Hopping Night in La Cala de Mijas

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bar hopping - La Cala de Mijas, SpainThey say that you should write about what you know, and I know bar hopping! There are some excellent bars in La Cala, with everything from Spanish Bars to Irish Pubs and chill lounges. If want to have a great time, for little money, then I suggest you follow my route for an excellent bar hopping night. This is the story of one epic night, in the bars and streets of our favorite little town in Costa del Sol. 

This bar hopping extravaganza started one night in October, when my friends and I were staying in Coral Reef Apartment. We had spent the day checking out the caves in Nerja, and were ready to get all that sophistication flushed out of our systems, by trying to hit as many bars as possible. The game plan was simple: Use cash only (so that we wouldn’t have to wait to sign the credit card slip), a minimum of one drink per pub, and a maximum of three. 

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A quick 3 minute walk from the apartment and we hit our first establishment: Battuta Bar. We knew we were early, so as expected the nightlife had not yet started. 7pm is early anywhere in the world for hitting up the local watering hole, but when you are on a mission, you have to give yourself some time. Battuta is quite dark, and has a friendly staff that served up drinks within seconds. Then again, there weren’t that many people to compete for their attention. After a beer each we left Battuta Bar, and walked another minute away from downtown, to a very friendly Bar/Restaurant called Henry’s Bar. This is a place we could easily spend an entire evening, with both inside and outside seating. We tried our luck with some mixed drinks, and Henry’s Bar staff did NOT disappoint. Strong drinks, great value, and good food is a winning combination. We didn’t try the food this time around, but we speak from previous experience. Once again, we figured we should leave before we got too comfortable, so one tall drink later we were back on the sidewalk, ready for the longest track of the night.

We turned our noses towards the east and started walking. It takes about 10 minutes to stroll from Henry’s Bar the downtown area of La Cala de Mijas. We could have crossed over the pedestrian overpass, but chose to keep walking on the road that is parallel to A-7, and eventually walked underneath the main road, at the large round-about. La Cala de Mijas - Biddy Mulligans Irish PubOur next stop: Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub. This is probably the pub we have spent the most time at out of any of the places in La Cala. The location is perfect, being at the center of town, and having bus stops, restaurants, and grocery stores within a stone throw. If you like beer then this is a good place for you to start your evening. They have el gustogood quality beers on tap, served by a very good looking staff. If you get there early enough, you can also order food from the kitchen. They close the food service around 10pm. On Sundays they have live music as well. We ended up spending some quality time here, consuming 2 or 3 beers each. They were delicious, and so was our server. After a quick discussion about if we were getting beer goggles or not, we chose to go right next door to get some food at El Gusto. El Gusto is a sit-down restaurant that serves good quality food. It is not very expensive, but probably one of the better restaurants in the downtown area. To ensure that our buzz would not go away, we had 3 pitchers of Sangria Blanco with the sea food. Having just been to an Irish Bar we thought we should mix it up a bit, and check out their neighbors: the English. A 2 minute stumble towards the west and you’ll find an English Pub called Sussex Bar. It was around this time that we, or at least I, realized that everything tasted amazing, and that our judgment about drink quality and taste from here on in would be mostly based upon guessing. I therefore went for a Guinness beer, and it was great, as expected. While trying to find a bathroom, I stumbled upon stairs to the floor above. This area is much like a game room, with pool, darts, and TVs for all the soccer games. A good place to go for game nights.

pug crawl in La Cala de Mijas

Our plan was now to leave Sussex Bar and head over to Harvey’s Smugglers Inn, close to the Moors tower on the beach. However, within a block of Sussex there was another pub, with live music. Unfortunately we didn’t catch the name, so it is simply labeled as “Pub” on the map. The night we were there happened to be a drag-show, and we enjoyed the drag-band in all their makeup and wigs. Good show! I know they have many different singers and comedians at this bar, so it is definitely worth checking out. Two or three beer later and we were once again on the road. This time we actually made it all the way to Harvey’s Smugglers Inn,harveys smugglers in - la cala de mijas without too many distractions. Harvey’s is a small pub on the corner, across from the pirate ship playground on the beach. If you’ve been to the beach, then you know what we are talking about. The average age at Harvey’s is probably a bit higher than the previous bars, but by no means a place that people go to die. You can hear people laughing from a block away, so the mood is good, and the people are very welcoming. Immediately next door to Harvey’s Smugglers Inn is the Dutch Bar Cala Bella. Either the alcohol was getting to us or the two places seem to be very much alike. My friend Paul insisted that he was at the in the bar at Harvey’s, but we found him at Cala Bella. Both places have people spilling into the streets, so you’ll have to pay attention what doorway you head back in to. I am sure that if we had started here, this wouldn’t have been much of an issue.

We proudly staggered out of Dutch Bar Cala Bella, knowing that we only had one more stop to make before heading back home for the evening. The mission was close to complete. We could taste victory, smell everlasting glory, and all those other clichés. We had picked a lounge as our final hangout. The idea was that would be so exhausted from all the walking and drinking that we would fit perfectly in to the laid back, chill feel. The lounge used to be called Bar Unique, but unfortunately I have no idea what it is called now. We labeled this one simply as “Bar” on the map. This is a place to go for any and all mixed drinks. The place is stylish, the crowd is young, and you will stand out if you have just completed a bar hopping tour of 9 different pubs. We therefore decided to head back to the bar we felt the most at home: Biddy Mulligan’s Irish Pub. As with all self-respecting towns in the entire world, La Cala de Mijas has a great quality, green and gold, Irish bar to be proud of. It is the watering hole we most nights call home.

We hope our thorough research into the bar scene of La Cala de Mijas will benefit you for your next trip to the region.

Contact us if you have any questions about visiting La Cala de Mijas or staying in one of our beautiful homes.

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  • Guest
    john Saturday, 02 March 2013

    i have to aggree with Sophie, Biddy Mulligans is the best bar in la cala, not your usual rip off irish pubs.

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    sueldoc Tuesday, 30 July 2013

    Loved your bar crawl story and will try to replicate when we visit La Cala in a couple of weeks! :)

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    Julie Oliver Thursday, 24 October 2013

    You missed out try the retro bar on paseo costa del sol just behind bp garage great bar for all ages showing footsie as pool darts music and super tapas all good prices:)

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    Sophie Johansson Friday, 25 October 2013

    Julie: We will be sure to check it out next time we are in La Cala de Mijas. Perhaps you could take a trip there yourself, take some photos for us and shoot it over to us. We would love it!

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    Busybee Friday, 15 November 2013

    Just had the hot n spicy pizza from biddy mulligans la cala-yum yum yum, scrumdiddlyumptious! One of the best pizzas ive ever had!

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    Jan Tuesday, 29 July 2014

    Bar Unique in now called Ubar and can be found behind Supersol in the La Cala Square. Ther eis happy hour every day from 1 - 5 pm, live music, karaoke, disco parties and a super pool table. Drinks are inexpensive, making it an ideal place to start or end your evening. All parties are catered for birthdays, hen, stag, golfers. Join the facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1406621192950060/

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Thank you for your interest in our Two Vacation Rentals in La Cala de Mijas, Spain. Both are in the same complex, have private Jacuzzis on the terrace, 28000 square meters of Sub-Tropical gardens, 2 saltwater Swimming Pools, and all within walking distance to the beach!

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Sophie and Einar are the proud owners of Spanish Vacation Rental's 2 holiday homes in La Cala de Mijas. They are born and raised in Scandinavia, but currently reside in the US. 

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Our 2 Vacation Rental homes are located in La Cala de Mijas on Costa del Sol in southern Spain. La Cala is an old fishing village, with tons of charm, cobblestone streets, Moore ruins, an excellent "Blue Flag"-rated Beach and Restaurants from around the world