Whereas typical sports bars used to be predominantly drab, male-dominated locales sporting a bunch of televisions and a limited menu of some beer and light snacks, today's sports cafes have moved beyond this stereotypical image showcasing bright cheery interiors, an abundance of snacks, pub grub and a fine selection of main dishes, as well as numerous beverage options. In addition, they have been transformed into more polished casual settings offering a series of other amenities to appeal to a wider clientele.
So if you're a sports enthusiast or you're accompanying one, why not kick-start your evening with some good drinks and food, while watching a game of your favourite sport and listening to some live music at a local sports bar?
How's the local scene and what's screened at sports cafes in Malta?
Maltese are avid sports fans and this is evident when looking at the number of bars found across Malta and Gozo. From well-established places that originally opened their doors as the main social club of a particular village to typical Maltese bars that have stood the test of time and new and hip places, these have forever been regarded as ideal locations for group gatherings, while you can enjoy some quality food and a great atmosphere.
Although Maltese follow a number of sports, their ultimate favourite is football. For this reason, football match screenings are amongst the most common sights in these bars and cafes. And with hi-definition big screens in every corner of the establishments, rest assured you'll never have to miss a moment of the big game. However, some do tend to be focused on a particular type of sports. For instance, the Floriana Young Stars Hockey Club Bar is one of the main field hockey clubs on the island which celebrates this sport in all its glory.
Having said that, with the aim to offer something for everyone, sports bars screen all major sports ranging from rugby, football and golf to tennis, formula 1 and anything of interest to those who enjoy all kinds of sports.
Delectable food and drinks for everyone
As more and more patrons are demanding good food paired with their drinks whilst enjoying a good game of their favourite sport, the majority of these establishments across Malta and Gozo have taken the food prepared in their kitchen up a notch to please the crowds. Featuring menus that contain dishes a step above crisps, peanuts and casual finger foods, here you may enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as fresh salads, typical pub grub like steak and onion pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, as well as an assortment of meat dishes and platters to share. What's more, many organise special culinary events like typical Maltese fenkata (rabbit) evenings or a night dedicated to a delicious plate of horse meat and chips followed by a dish of traditional local sweet treats. Patrons can also enjoy an assortment of drinks that go beyond the typical beer. From wines, spirits and a multitude of cocktails, there's something for everyone.
Never a dull moment
Were you under the impression that all you could do at a sports cafe is have some drinks and finger foods while watching the big game? Placing their patrons' enjoyment first and foremost, establishments have a number of amenities that will certainly help you get a good night out. From pool tables to dart boards and video games, there are plenty of things to do if sitting in front of a screen is not your thing. Are you a sports enthusiast who likes singing? How about stepping into the nearest sports bar and cafe and singing your heart out with the help of an interactive jukebox. Many also hold live music events every so often, where regular and guest musicians are invited to entertain guests.
Venues ideal for events
Looking for a place to hold your birthday, bachelors or hens party? The majority can cater for all sort of parties, whereby they can accommodate intimate gatherings of a few people to large, super bashes of 50 or more individuals. Establishments can help you organise your special event in a hassle-free manner to you, whereby you can select to have your gathering either indoors or outdoors. Some may even have private rooms that clients can book for exclusive use. Many of these venues can provide a choice of menus which will ensure that your guests will leave your event fully satisfied, while everything can be organised for you.