Valletta's nightlife is atmospheric and fun but fairly sedate, with the town emptying out by around 9pm. Although the city was once something of a ghost town at night, Valletta is slowly awakening to its nighttime potential and those who know where to look should be able to find some fun after dark. There are a few lovely wine bars, including Trabuxu and Maestro e Fresco, and the city centre has venues like the Manoel Theatre (one of the oldest theatres in Europe) and the St James Centre, where visitors can seek out some good cultural entertainment. The Valletta Waterfront is home to popular spots such as Q Bar and V5. The Dragonara Point and Oracle casinos are also entertaining nightlife options in Valletta. In summer, Valletta hosts various festivals, such as Carnival and the feast day of St. Paul, featuring street parties, parades and fireworks. There are nightclubs and more bars in the nearby Paceville and Sliema areas of St Julian's. Although the nightlife may not be pumping, Valletta is such a safe and beautiful city that strolling around after dark is quite magical, and this historic sense of atmosphere compensates somewhat for the lack of a party scene.
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