Menorca is packed with good restaurants whose menus especially feature fish and seafood. Menorca also has a great variety of bars and cafes, with some open for 24 hours a day.
The Windmill Restaurant (Es Moli D’es Raco), Carrer Major, 53, 07740 Es Mercadal (On the main Mao – Ciutadella road.). 12:00 – 16:00 , 19:00 – 23:00 daily. The restaurant inside the 300-year-old “molino” has an authentic, homely atmosphere. Authentic Menorcan cuisine.
Es Cranc, Calle de las Escuelas, 31, 07740 Fornells (From the main road into Fornells go straight through the first roundabout and right at the second. The restaurant is on your right at the next junction.). 13:30 – 15:30 , 19:30 – 22:30 daily. One of the finest restaurants in Menorca, what it lacks in interior design, it makes up for in tasty home cooking. Be sure to try the shellfish soup ‘Caldereta’.
Ca n’Olga, Pont de Na Macarrana, s/n, 07740 Es Mercadal (From the ME-1 turn right up the Carrer de Ciutadella then take the next left. The restaurant is on the corner.). 13:00 – 16:00, 19:30 – 23:00 daily. Primarily Mediterranean cuisine and attracting a stylish a sophisticated clientele, Ca n’olga is warm and intimate. It offers dining on a pretty outdoor patio or at a handful of indoor tables and an eclectic menu featuring local produce.
Son Granot (Son Granot Hotel Rural & Restaurant), Carretera de Sant Felip, 41, 07720 Es Castell (Follow the ME-6 past Es Castell and you’ll soon see the rural hotel on your right.). Son Granot offers an extraordinary traditional Menorcan cuisine and fine Spanish and French wines. Enjoy a romantic fine dinner in the terrace with nice views to the Mediterranean and Maó. All the vegetables are grown ecologically in Son Granot’s very own kitchen garden.
American Bar, Plaça Reial, 7, 07702 Maó (If in the port of Mahon head up the twisting Costa de ses Voltes then turn right at the top). Mon-Fri 07:00 – 22:00 , Sat 07:00 – 16:00 , Closed Sun. Sit down on a seat on the terrace while sipping on a coffee and pore over a newspaper at this recommended breakfast spot.
Where to drink in Menorca
On Menorca there were a great many junipers, (there still are), and in the harbour lay the British fleet. The twain met and Ginet was the result, a spirit far removed from the Spanish and Mediterranean traditions and with notable difference from the English Gin.
It is a kind of cross between London Gin and the Mediterranean spirit, invented in Menorca. It was very successful and was drunk throughout the British Fleet and it surprised more than one distinguished visitor to declare “the best of the sprits found in Europe today” was historian Vargas Ponce’s opinion on visiting Menorca in 1781.
The major difference between London Gin and Menorcan Ginet, is that Menorcan ginet is based on a spirit distilled from the grape, as is usual in the Mediterranean, and not on a cereal based spirit. The juniper now comes from the mainland, but the distilling continues to be done in old copper stills. The spirit rests in oak barrels cured in gin so that the end product does not take the colour of the wood.
Gin is found all over Menorca, drunk neat or in a mix. One such mix, named Pomada, is created by adding bitter lemon. It’s the drink of choice during the many fiestas which take place throughout the summer on the island. You can find information about how to visit the distillery shop in the ‘See’ section above
Bars in Menorca
Nightlife in Menorca is low key compared to nearby Mallorca or Ibiza. For a drink with a waterside view, head to the waterfront which is where the majority of bars are situated.
Sa Sinia, Sa Sinia Art Hub, Cl St Josep 49, Es Castell, 07720 , ✉ email@example.com. Pleasant spot of a drink and some music. Local DJs spin anything from 1980s classics to hip hop.
Akelarre (Akellare Jazz Dance Club), Moll de Ponent, 07701 Mahón, Balearic Islands, Spain (The bar is situated in the heart of Mahon’s harbour, where the cruise ships dock.). Jazz music echos off the warm stone interior which is open until the wee hours. Great cocktail list.
Vinateria Parra (Parra In Vino Veritas), Carrer de San Fernando, 5, 07702 Maó, Illes Balears, Spain. Indulge in a great selection of wines and accompany it with a selection of cheese or meat platters from the bar. The interior features timber and marble tables and compliments the soft music that plays.
Mirador, Plaza Espanya, 2, 07701 Maó-Mahón (If in the harbour, head up the twisty Placa Espanya, and the bar is on the left.). 09:00 – 01:00 daily. A popular music haunt for locals which impresses with its cave-like interior carved out of the walls above the harbor.
Cova d’en Xoroi, Carrer de Sa Cova nº 2 07730 Cala en Porter, Alaior. Nightclub open 11:00 – late. Open for daytime drinks 11:30 – close.. Constructed out of a cave dug into the cliff stone and peering over it. The atmosphere within the cave is unique and must be seen to be believed. One of the few nightclubs in Menorca, it is open until the early hours of the morning. Watching the sun set over the sea from the terrace is simply breathtaking.
Maritim Café (Maritimo Maó), Carrer Moll de Llevant, 291, 07701 Maó (If on the harborside, head for the casino. The bar is just next door.). Nice bar and terrace next to the Casino Maritim of Maó. At night is transformed into a lounge bar were people can have cocktails, long drinks and dance.
Dinky Bar (part of PortBlue Rafalet / Dinky Lounge), Passeig Maritimo, S’Algar (Continuing straight down the Carrer S’Algar then turning right at the roundabout will take you straight to the bar, on your left after 250m.). Mon-Sun 12:00 – 02:00. Nice beach bar in S’Algar Resort open till 02:00 everyday. Good place to meet locals and have a beer on the garden terrace.