A stroll along the Sliema waterfront is de rigueur for many Maltese on a summer evening. As the heat of the day eases, whole families gather to wander, chat, see and be seen. There are bars and restaurants scattered along the waterfront ranging from the rowdy and teenage to gentler places to enjoy a drink with sea views.
For nightlife with a capital 'N' however, head for St Julian’s and especially Paceville. Here restaurants, bars and clubs stay open into the early hours. Paceville is Malta's nightlife central, famous for its teen-filled clubs. Relatively quiet in winter, in summer the (sometimes fractious) crowds spill out into its narrow streets and the beat goes on until four in the morning.
If you are into soul and R&B try Havannah (St George's Street, +356 21 374 500, www.havanamalta.com, open nightly 8pm-4am) with six bars and loads of space to dance as well as a mini-club, Flashback, dedicated to music of the 1960s to 1990s. Or there's 'tropical' Fuego (St George's Bay - in the middle of the road near the Bay Street Shopping Centre, www.fuego.com.mt, open nightly 11.30pm-4am) with lively disco and 'rainforest' decor.
Hugo's (Santa Rita Street, +356 21 382 264, nightly 8pm-4am) has a trendy sushi restaurant on the ground floor, a dance club on the first and a second club for over 21s only (open at weekends) providing an escape from the younger teenage crowd. Finally, for the older or more traditional amongst you there is BJ's (Ball Street, +356 21 337 642, from 10pm nightly), Paceville's only dedicated live music club with Jazz, piano, classic rock and acoustic live music most nights, as well as a knowledgeable patron always up for a chat.
Sliema is in Malta. For general advice on nightlife in Malta, see my Malta nightlife page.