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The 7 Most Popular Wine Bars in Malta

  • Sep 18, 2021

...the Maltese do love their wine bars!

Ask any local, and they’ll immediately confirm the fact that the Maltese do love their wine bars. There are a wide variety of wine bars that suit the taste of every wine enthusiast that visits the islands. Thankfully, you don’t need to search high and low for the wine bar of your dreams, as we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Here are Malta’s top 7 wine bars (in no particular order). 

Trabuxu Wine Bar in Valletta

Trabuxu is a stone’s throw away from Valletta City Gate. It’s cosy, intimate and brimming with history – the wine bar is housed in a 400-year-old stone-vaulted cellar and has been serving patrons for more than 15 years. In addition to wine, patrons can also indulge in a selection of cheese, water crackers, cured meats, bread, chutneys and jams. 

Bridge Bar in Valletta

Bridge Bar is known for its weekly jazz sessions and its iconic staircase with vibrantly coloured cushions. In addition to quality music, this jazz bar serves some excellent wine, and its fiesta mode is – hands down – unbeatable. 

Charles Grech in Valletta

Charles Grech set up a bottle shop and tobacconist back in 1881. His shop eventually evolved into a prestigious wine bar that fuses tradition and modernity. Expect smooth spirits, quality wines, gourmet cuisine and great company.

Legligin Wine Bar in Valletta

Legligin is not just a wine bar – it’s a quaint restaurant serving Mediterranean soul food in the form of an 8-course tasting menu. Its red doors and decor are as distinct as its wines, and its central location makes it an easy-to-reach pitstop for wine lovers visiting the city. 

Cru Wine Bar in Valletta

This wine bar is undeniably one of the chicest spots in Valletta and boasts charm aplenty: it’s small, cosy and is perfect for cuddling with loved ones. Wine is served in elegant Riedel glasses, which enable you to experience all the aromas of your favourite wine. What’s more – its tapas-style platters are to die for!

Del Borgo in Birgu

Located at the heart of Birgu (Vittoriosa) is Del Borgo – one of the town’s oldest wine bars. It’s also a restaurant with a simple yet excellently executed Mediterranean menu that doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy a plate of pasta and a glass (or two) while savouring Birgu’s unique atmosphere. 

Fontanella Wine Bar (VINUM) in Mdina

This wine bar has been around for more than 12 years – and it’s easy to see why. It’s got an excellent wine menu that showcases the owners’ love for quality wine. The wine menu is enhanced by Fontanella’s exquisite food menu, which features authentic Mediterranean dishes such as pan-seared quails, focaccia and burrata. In addition to all of this, Fontanella’s patrons can enjoy unparalleled panoramic vistas of the islands.