Entrance (access to a cushioned sunbed and umbrella): – €10; free after 6pm
Average spend (for umbrella, sunbed, two drinks and one course): €25
Free access: Yes
Table (sunbed) service: Yes
Access to the sea: Yes
Best for: Value for money, comfy beds, good food and sweet tunes with some pretty cool branding
Stay away if: You’re looking for peace and quiet. Patrons are well behaved but the music is pretty loud
Considering Malta is an island we don’t see nearly as many beach clubs opening and closing as we do restaurants. Once a beach club opens it doors it generally opens up again and again every year with new beach clubs being pretty rare
Nine Lives opened its doors this season. The branding of the place is pretty cool. Live like a cat, nap in the sun and feast on fresh fish. Aside from the cocktails you’re encouraged to drink (not complaining), you could imagine a cat being happy with this lifestyle.
While Sliema has a selection of party beach clubs, the further north you travel, the less likely you are to find that party vibe. Situated on the Qawra Coast, Nine Lives is the answer to your socials beach needs. Music is an important aspect of the club, with live DJs playing throughout the day and night, loud enough for you to feel the atmosphere but not so loud you can’t talk to your friends.
At the entrance you’re greeted by friendly staff that are happy to show you to a sunbed or table and bring you all the refreshments you need.
The beach is kind of sandy, but it’s not the beach sand you would expect but more of an artificial gravel and set on a slope, this can make balancing drinks on the table a little bit of a challenge. The views from the sunbeds should be spectacular, with St Paul’s Islands and Xemxija in the background. However there is a large green and yellow floating water park that, though is far away enough not to bother you with noise of kids jumping in and out of the water, it somewhat ruins what is otherwise a pretty impressive view.
Spending a day out in the sun normally means appetites are somewhat diminished and perhaps this is the reason that most beach clubs don’t put much effort into their menus. Pizza, burgers and if you’re lucky a salad or two are the normal finds. Reduced appetite doesn’t necessary mean you want to eat lower quality foods though. The menu at Nine Lives takes that into consideration and has put together quite a good selection. Maybe it’s because we live by the sea and we should be eating more from the sea or maybe because they want us to live like a cat, the menu is just very slightly more fish biased – fresh ceviches, sushi and octopus – sea dishes that are full of flavour, both Mediterranean and oriental. There are also non-fish dishes too – pastas, salads, oriental noodles and platters to share – all of which are reasonably priced between €10 and €15. Their cocktail selection is pretty vast with alcoholic and virgin cocktails on offer… whatever you’re after there’s sure to be a drink in there that tickles your fancy.
When the sun goes down the music gets a little louder and patrons swap their sunbeds for tables, sipping on cocktails while watching the sunset behind St Paul’s Islands.
With a €25 average spend for the day for a cushioned sunbed, an umbrella, two drinks and a meal (of one course) of fresh fish, I’d say that this new beach club is great value-for-money and set to be a hot destination in the north.
Address: Perched Beach, St Paul’s Bay
Written by Rachel Zammit Cutajar who was too busy doing handstands and having ‘F’ it Fridays to load herself.