Tourist Street, Qawra, Malta
We were introduced to the local Quiz nights in a couple of bars by some holiday acquaintances. We’ve never considered ourselves as being particularly good at quizzes, but we found that by visiting various bars, we found quiz setters who didn’t rely on their audience being avid soap opera fans, or aficionados of current pop music!
Sadly, some of the bars are rather dingy and not really our cup of tea. When Marilyn Dimech opened Muttley’s Bar in November 2013 it must have seemed like a breath of fresh air to the local residents and tourists alike. We certainly like it!
The bar is modern, clean and well illuminated. There is a choice of seating on tall bar stools at high tables, or on dining chairs at regular height tables, as one half of the venue functions as a restaurant.
We visited for the first time because we saw a notice in the window advertising a live acoustic evening every Monday – and I do enjoy music performed without microphones. There were just a couple of singers performing with guitars and a mandolin, and the place was busy; what’s more, customers sang along if they knew the songs – I loved it!
Throughout the evening small plates of appetisers were placed on each table about every half an hour or so:
Bruschettas dripping in olive oil, Spring Rolls and Samosas, Chips, Small biscuits with cubes of cheese, large deep-fried rice cakes, dainty sandwiches, Maltese bean pate, deep-fried Curried Rice Balls to name but some of them, reminiscent of the tapas that used to be commonly served in
We called back the next evening just for a drink and arrived just as a quiz was about to commence – a very pleasant surprise as we hadn’t seen a quiz advertised! Not only that – we won the quiz – yay!!! The quiz was followed by Chinese Bingo, which is usually the case in Qawra.
As it’s currently winter season the live music open session, quiz and karaoke are all the entertainment that’s on offer, but as from March, there will also be tribute acts such as Elfis, or The Bugibba Blues Brothers, and on Friday evenings Fish the drummer will entertain the clientele.
I wish Marilyn every success with Muttley’s, and look forward to returning there next winter.