Golden sand, crystal waters and a stunning mountainous backdrop – yep, we’re talking about Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands is a firm favourite of holiday-goers from the UK, but sunshine and jaw-dropping landscapes aren’t all it has to offer. Tenerife is also home to one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe, with a range of bars and clubs that cater to every taste.
Whether you’re heading off for a bit of winter sun or you’re about to start a summer job in Tenerife, knowing the best nightlife spots before you arrive will save a lot of time and hassle. So, without further ado, here’s our ultimate guide to Tenerife’s bars and clubs.
Tenerife Nightlife Overview
Tenerife has a vibrant nightlife scene, with plenty of diversity to make sure everyone can have a good time. As the island is popular among both the young and old, you’ll find everything from world-renowned superclubs to chilled-out jazz nights. Tenerife isn’t quite as wild as some other clubbing destinations like Magaluf or Zante, which makes it a great shout for those of you who love to party but aren’t afraid to take a night off now and then.
When you do hit the strip, you’ll be greeted by a vast choice of vibrant clubs and bars. Spend the evening relaxing with friends at one of the glamorous sunset bars or dance the night away at one of the many live music venues.
Tenerife is a beautiful place with welcoming locals and a safe, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have a hard time not making friends – and a hard time leaving, too.
Tenerife Nightlife Areas
One of the best things about Tenerife is that it caters to every preference and budget. Aside from the fantastic selection of spots to eat, drink and dance, there are multiple nightlife areas to try out. Some of the most popular destinations are:
Playa de las Américas
If you’re looking for the main action, Playa de las Américas is where you want to be. At night, this resort transforms into the island’s party capital, with revellers lining the streets until the early hours. Veronicas Strip is located here and is where the younger crowds tend to hang out.
Playa de las Américas might be the party capital of Tenerife, but Santa Cruz is the actual capital. By day, the bustling old town plays host to a selection of independent shops and cafés. In the evening, the vibe shifts up a notch as plenty of sophisticated bars and restaurants open their doors.
Located in the south of the island is Costa Adeje. The nightlife scene here is varied, with loads of options for a casual drink as well as a night out clubbing. Costa Adeje is just a short taxi ride from Playa de las Américas, so if you’re in the area it’s worth checking them both out.
Los Cristianos is another spot located on the south side of the island and is again not far from Playa de las Américas. The nightlife here is lively and energetic, with clubs and bars staying open all night for hardcore partiers.
Now, to the important bit… here are the must-visit Tenerife clubs that you need to check out before heading home to boring old Blighty.
For a big night out raving, Tramps is your one stop shop. Fondly known as the King of Clubs in the Canary Islands, Tramps has earned its reputation from the string of top DJs who have performed here over the years.
Papagayo Beach Club
For an experience like no other, head down to Papagayo Beach Club in Las Américas. This stunning spot offers incredible views over Tenerife’s famous black sand during the day. By night, it turns into one of the most exclusive destinations on the island – you might even spot a famous face or two!
Magic Lounge can be found on the ‘Golden Mile’ in Playa de las Américas. With a dancefloor, terrace, VIP zone and multiple private areas, Magic Lounge is the perfect choice for large groups on a special night out. Guest performers and specialist music nights only add to the unique atmosphere.
A mainstay of the Veronicas Strip, Rags Nightclub has been a firm favourite of visiting tourists and workers for over 20 years. This is probably due to its wide appeal – Rags has everything from podiums to pool tables and a resident DJ playing house, R&B and cheesy pop tunes all night long.
If you’re in Costa Adeje, don’t forget to stop by Achaman Discopub. This popular venue is rated by those who love to spend their evening on the dancefloor. Open till 6 am, Achaman’s serves cheap cocktails and hosts alternative music nights.
Everyone ends up in Sugareef! The self-professed ‘home of good music and vibes’ is in the heart of Las Americas, right on Veronicas Strip. Settle in for the night with a drinks and table package, or make your way to the dancefloor for one of the top DJ sets held here every night of the week.
From sports bars to cocktail lounges, Tenerife has a bar to suit every occasion.
The Lineker family’s bars are well-known all over Europe and in Tenerife it’s no different – Linekers is packed full both day and night. The most popular bar on the strip plays a varied selection of music, from classic crowd-pleasers to current chart tunes. They also show live sports, so you’ll never have to miss a game.
Live music and a friendly atmosphere are the order of the day at the Dubliner. No one parties quite like the Irish, as you’ll soon find out.
Now this one’s a bit more upmarket but if you’re looking to do something special on your last night in Tenerife, we’d recommend saving up your pennies for a trip to Deseo. What will you get? Chilled-out music, expert cocktails and enough shisha to smoke out a rat.
O’Neills is the beating heart of Veronicas Strip, open all day and night for fun-seekers to stop by. DJs, dancers, shot girls – O’Neills has everything that makes a night out great. Don’t forget to check out the views from the terrace during the daytime!
If you want a bar with a party atmosphere, Revolution is the place to go. You can find it on Veronicas Strip next to O’Neills and Jumping Jacks, so you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where your night ends up.
You’ll be posting those Boomerangs like there’s no tomorrow at Harry’s Bar – the large terrace and dancing fountains are absolutely iconic. And the cocktails aren’t half bad either!
Lava Lounge is hard to miss with its tall white façade and vibey atmosphere. Located in the centre of Las Américas, this modern bar has a great range of food and cocktails served by super friendly staff. Live music is sometimes on so take a look at the schedule before you go!
Tenerife Nightlife FAQs
Tenerife benefits from diverse and widespread nightlife. The main areas are Playa de las Américas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz. When you book a working holiday in Tenerife with Ace, you’ll be based in Playa de las Américas. Fortunately for you, most people consider this the prime nightlife spot, especially for under-30s, with lots of bars, clubs and a party atmosphere.
The main strip in Tenerife is Veronicas Strip, which is located in Playa de las Américas. Here, you’ll find an endless selection of bars, clubs playing every genre of music, and friendly revellers lining the streets until morning.
Tenerife has a lively nightlife, with plenty of clubs staying open until 4-6 am. These clubs usually don’t open until around 10 pm but if you’re in the mood for a drink a bit earlier, there are loads of bars open all day long.