The Original Banús Bar

Mar 08, 2012 No Comments by

A Puerto Banus institution Sinatra’s opened in the mid 70s on the corner by the entrance to the Port of Abuse, and has been a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike since then. In summer you have to fight your way past the tourist hordes standing outside, as well as the PR guys and girls for clubs and bars further down the front line, and there is alsi the distinct possiblity of being run over by a supercar trying to push its way through the crowd. (Sinatra’s was the scene of one of Banus most tragic accidents when two girls drowned after driving into the Port itself. A wall was put along the quay as a result.)


With its white seats outside Sinatras has always been the perfect place to pose and watch the world go by, and plate glass windows mean that you can do this whatever the weather. Back in the 80s you used to be able to walk through next door Salduba, thorough Sinatra’s and then into Eli’s bar on the other side, but Eli’s is now a Pravda store and they’ve put a wall between Sinatra’s and Salduba, which is a shame.


It’s not cheap and don’t think of coming to Sinatra’s for Fine Dining – in the 20 plus years I’ve been here I think that I’ve eaten here once – mainly because the food is prepared on a plancha that I can see from the bar.


The staff have all been there for years and personally I prefer sitting at the bar on the inside. There are two sofas, you’re close to the toilets (that get VERY busy in summer) and it’s dark enough for you to hide away and enjoy a sneaky afternoon sesh. But beware. If the yachties and deck hands are in town as well, there’s no predicting where you’ll end up…

Muelle de la Ribera, local 2, Puerto Banús
ES-29660 Marbella, Malaga

34 952 779 982 |

About the reviewer, Giles Brown

Based in Marbella since the mid 80s, Giles has been involved in all forms of the media for over 20 years, and as a magazine editor for national business and lifestyle publications his work has appeared in The Times, Daily Mail, Sunday Times Travel Magazine and City Player Magazine. With an unrivalled reputation as a professional lunch guest, Giles is an inevitable fixture on Marbella's social scene...
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