Watch football in Malta; Best pubs for sports
You will hopefully find this article helpful if you are heading to Malta at the time of a big game and are concerned whether you will be able to watch football in Malta, either view the match on TV or preferably, in a good pub. As a rule of thumb, follow the tourists to watch your big game. It is safe to assume that where you find for example British holiday makers, you will find pub landlords that want to attract this clientele by showing the top games. However, how do you know your pub will also play the commentary? Your search is over, as this article covers the busy areas of Malta where tourists flock to watch the game of your choice. We have listed the best pubs to watch games in, by popular areas. So take your pick based on these reviews and never miss a game again!
Watch football in Sport pubs in St Julians, Sliema & Gzira
At the time of writing this article, there was an important rugby match on. We went ahead and tested the ever-popular Dubliner in the busy tourist spot of Spinola Bay in St Julians. At the time of our visit, it was the low tourist season, so we had no issues finding a table. The cheerful crowd spilled onto the street to smoke and have a few drinks. The upstairs bar was also open, so we headed there and found seats by the window. The view over the Spinola Bay and its blue water was magnificent but we were there to examine the visibility to the nearest TV set and the level of commentary volume, so let’s leave the scenery for another time. The nearest TV set was above the bar and the lighting was dark enough to create a clear image. The volume was sufficient so we were able to hear the commentary well. The drink prices were mid-range and the draft lager selection included Stella and Heineken. Also Guiness was available, and as this is an Irish pub, it should be.
The Dubliner Pub review
The atmosphere is truly like back in Ireland. This is not a glamorous spot as such but works wonders if you miss your local where ever in Ireland or the UK. The Dubliner is very popular especially during the summer season so get there early, if you wish to find a seat to perch on. This is one of our favourite spots to watch football in Malta.
The Dubliner Pub Location
- Near the Love monument of Spinola Bay. The Dubliner is located behind Costa Coffee, look out for blue signs
- Address: Triq Gorg Borg Olivier, St. Julians STJ 1080, Malta
- Enquiries: +356 21367 106
Dicks Bar & Cafe in Malta
This great little pub was established in 1946, way before the tourist boom hit the shores of St Julians. This small venue has seats both outside and inside and commentary is on for most of the time. In the morning the doors open as early as 08:00 and close around midnight.
Dicks Bar & Cafe review
We give points to Dicks for creating happy buzz in the neighbourhood. The price range is moderate: at the time of writing this article, a pint sized bottle of local Cisk or Hopleaf lager was 2 euros. Paulaner Weissbier was 3 euros and a bottle of wine 7 euros. This is an authentic spot if you want to watch football in Malta. We think that the atmosphere at the Dicks is fantastic!
Dicks bar & cafe Location
- Off the main road leading from Spinola Bay in St Julians to Paceville
- Address: 22, Triq San George, Paceville, St Julians, Malta
- Enquiries: +356 2135 0091 or +356 7780 7806
Peppi’s kiosk in Malta
Peppi’s is a food restaurant at the Exiles Beach location of Sliema. Don’t get distracted by it’s Kiosk name, they also do have a small kiosk serving the passers-by, but Peppi’s is mainly a restaurant. We tested this venue at the time of the Manchester derby, so one can imagine we wanted to get a good view of the TV set. We arrived slightly late for the kick-off but were able to find a table near the balcony overlooking fabulous bay views. From our table there was a good view of two TV sets and the commentary volume was sufficient. As this is partly an outdoor venue, there was lots of sun, which meant that the atmosphere remained calm and relaxed, whereas in darker pubs, such as the Dubliner in the Spinola Bay, one can forget about the sunny day completely.
Peppi’s kiosk review
Despite its name, Peppi’s is much more than just a kiosk. Peppi’s gets points for its great location just over the Exiles Beach. The menu is long and pastas, salads, burgers and other classics are represented. Peppi’s is a lovely spot especially on warm nights when there’s no rush to get back home. And if you are hungry, the varied menu should have something for everyone so give Peppi’s a try.
Peppi’s kiosk location
- Next to the Fresco restaurant at the Exiles Beach in Sliema, above the small sandy beach.
- Address: Tower Road, Sliema, Malta
- Enquiries: +35621335621
Black Gold saloon in Malta
Black Gold is favoured particularly by those living in the Gzira and Sliema areas. Black Gold is located on the strand very close to the Valletta ferry harbour. There is plenty of seating inside and outside and the drinks are reasonably priced. There are a sufficient number of TV sets and the commentary is on for the big games. The doors open early in the morning and usually is one of the last night spots to close so head there also for late night drinks.
Black gold review
Black Gold is popular for a couple of reasons. First of all, the drinks are reasonably priced. Secondly, the outside sitting area is large enough also for big groups. And thirdly, the place seems to always pull crowds in. We recommend Black Gold if you want to watch football in Malta, consider staying up late and are based in the Sliema or Gzira neighbourhoods.
Black gold location
- The Black Gold Saloon is located on the Sliema strand near the Valletta ferry. From the ferry, keep your back towards the centre of Sliema and the Point Shopping Centre and keep walking for five minutes down the road that faces the sea. Black Gold is in the middle of a group of restaurants, such as TexMex and MedAsia.
- Address: Triq ix-Xatt, Sliema, Malta
- Enquiries: +356 2133 480
If you are able to travel to any of these locations and are not bringing children along, then my ranking in the order of authenticity and atmosphere is:
- The Dubliner
- Dicks Cafe & Bar
- Black Gold Saloon
- Peppi’s Kiosk