Estepona’s bars and clubs are significantly less expensive than those in Marbella and Puerto Banús and, although they might have the same exclusive feel, there’s a huge range, so you won’t go short of after dark entertainment.
Most of the bars in the old town are more low key, offering a more relaxed evening out; whereas the port area is where most of the clubs and late night bars are found.
Bar Caleu (Calle Real, Estepona; +34 952797 285), a hip Chicago-style venue, is a good early evening starting point and is directly opposite Tolone (Calle Real, Estepona; +34 625 721 798; www.tolonebar.com), a trendy cocktail lounge.
The town’s major nightclubs include Milonga (Calle de la Caridad, Estepona; www.milongadisco.com) and Plató 68 (Avenida Juan Carlos, Estepona; +34 670 503 124; www.plato68.com). Both draw a cool, in-the-know, party crowd and big-name DJs. Don’t even think of arriving to either before 3.30am – now that wouldn't be very cool. Plató 68 rivals Pacha (Ibiza) in terms of size and star quality.
For general information on what to expect of nightlife on the Costa del Sol, see my Costa del Sol nightlife page. For more advice on nightlife in resorts across the Costa del Sol, see Benalmadena nightlife, Malaga nightlife, Marbella nightlife, Nerja nightlife and Sotogrande nightlife.