The Turbo Pub in the Kasbah
First mention goes to the legendary Turbo Pub which has banged out great music and atmosphere for years in the Kasbah. Turbo is where the locals start when they head down to PDI. It sells cheap beer and plays rock and metal tunes. It's probably not your pub if you prefer easy listening music!
Here's a typical review:
"Great bar, great atmosphere, great staff, great music 5*, if you're in Gran Canaria and love metal this should be your first and last destination"
The Tipsy Hammock by the beach
With a beachfront location and a loyal audience of Gran Canaria regulars, the Tipsy Hammock is a classic Gran Canaria music bar famous for its atmosphere and friendly welcome. Go on Tuesday or Friday for live sax music, or any day for the cocktails (popcorn mojitos anyone?).
The Tipsy Hammock is a highlight of the beachfront strip in front of Playa del Inglés (Paseo Costa Canaria 24).
Here's what people say:
"The very best surfer´s/beach bar in Playa del Ingles! Filip and Pavel are genuinely nice people and the culture that they and their staff have created in the bar is AWESOME... it's not just a bar, its a lifestyle! the only place to sip mojitos in Playa del Ingles"
Dunes & Tunes Irish Beach Bar
Also by the beach at PDI, Dunes and Tunes is famous for its live guitar music (courtesy of Danny and John) and lively atmosphere.
It's on the beachfront in the Annexo Dos strip right by Playa del Inglés beach.
Here's a classic review:
"Great pub great drinks and brilliant staff, keenly priced and above all its rock n roll from the 50s right up to rock n metal of today, a real good mix of ages and there is a long-haired guitarist (that's Danny) who is utterly brilliant! Highly recommended folks"
Patrick's Bar in the Aguila Roja (Irish Centre)
You don't really head to the Aguila Roja for a sedate evening but if you want fun after the sun, then Patrick's Bar gets plenty of thumbs up from Gran Canaria fans who like a good pub atmosphere and music. It's got Guinness too!
Here's a fan review:
"Favourite bar in Gran Canaria! All the staff INSIDE the pub are the nicest people I've ever come across. Johny the DJ really makes the place, he's the most warm-hearted madman I've ever met and so friendly. Every person from the barmen, waiters, chefs to DJs are such a nice group of people. You'd be mad not to go!!"