The Best Area for Live Music Bars in Playa de las Américas

Mon, February 7th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

Playa de las Américas is often referred to as the nightlife capital of Tenerife for holidaymakers. A stroll along its twinkling avenues after dark when the ears are serenaded by a medley of Rod Stewart, Sam Cooke, Robbie Williams, Diana Ross, the Kings of Leon, Black Eyed Peas and Oasis soon illustrates why.

There are good bars with cabaret and tribute acts scattered throughout the main southern Tenerife resort areas of Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. Although San Eugenio in Costa Adeje has a varied mix of stylish, sophisticated entertainment chill out bars and lively crowd pleasing fun pubs, it’s Las Américas where the greatest concentration of bars with live entertainment is still to be found.

Whereas the bars and clubs at the famous Veronicas strip, bordering Costa Adeje, is the haunt of the party-till-dawn night owls, the opposite end of the resort, bordering Los Cristianos, attracts a slightly older party animal. The baby boomers that let their hair down here may not be as boisterous as Veronicas’ patrons, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want to have a good time and Las Américas caters for them perfectly. The strip of bars at Parque de la Paz directly behind the designer shops and appealing restaurants at the Safari Centre (you could say perfectly located to shop and bop) buzzes after dark with bar after bar competing in the entertainment stakes to draw in the punters.

The fact that there are so many bars here to choose from keeps owners on their toes; if the entertainment isn’t up to scratch then customers will just decamp next door. So in one short strip you get Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, soul, R&B, Irish, heavy and indie rock and even a bit of folk music. It’s a diverse musical mix that should have something to get most people right into that essential holiday spirit.

For me some of the entertainment on offer can be hit and miss but that’s probably down to personal taste more than anything else. Somebody pretending to be somebody else doesn’t do it for me, so the Rods and Robbies have limited appeal. I get more of a kick out of seeing ‘proper’ musicians do their stuff so my pick of the bars in Parque de la Paz has to be The Bull’s Head. The resident band Vagabond are talented musicians in their own right and it’s almost impossible not sing-a-long, at the top of your voice as they belt out classic rock anthems from Jimi Hendrix through Robert Palmer to Snow Patrol.

Although not on the Parque de la Paz strip, I’ve got to make a special mention of my favourite entertainment bar in Las Américas, Shenanigan’s under the Las Palmeras Hotel. For an all round good-time bar with rousing music and a scathingly funny band in Loony Tunes, it’s hard to beat.

Generally speaking, most of the nightlife in Playa de las Américas might not be sophisticated or cultured but it is damn good fun and isn’t that what part of being on holiday is all about?

Posted : Monday, February 7th, 2011 at 10:34 am
Category : nightlife
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