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Our Story

Perched on land at the end of the Ta' Xbiex yacht marina, the Black Pearl was built in Sweden in 1909 and is one of the last surviving wooden trading schooners. Before ending up in Malta, her long and chequered history spanned two world wars, the development of technology and huge changes in the sea-faring world. In 1979, the schooner was refloated by local enthusiasts and restored to her former glory. She then played a prominent part in the film ‘Popeye’ which was made in Malta, directed by Robert Altman and starring Robin Williams. That was before she sank again in a storm in 1981 and was brought back to the surface for the final time to the Ta’ Xbiex seafront, where she was perched on the quayside and turned into a restaurant and bar in 1987

after 6 years of work.


Located on the Upperdeck of the Black Pearl, our main restaurant boasts 360 degrees views overlooking the marina with the beaufitul yachts, the harbour area and the Valletta bastions.

The Upperdeck Restaurant specialises in fresh fish and sustainable seafood as well as fine steaks.  Our wine list and list of wines by the glass also complement our food.

The Blackpearl

Captains Bar

Located inside what once was the Captain's Quarters is the Captain's Bar.  A unique cosy ambience perfect for a pre dinner drink, a private dinner or else your unforgettable event.  

The Blackpearl

The Blackpearl


Flynn's Pub

The Blackpearl has a very colourful history and it has been through a lot.  At one point it was even owned by the famous Hollywood actor Errol Flynn and hence the name of our pub area located in the galley of the Blackpearl itself - Flynn's Pub.

Our bar is fully stocked with single malt whiskies, rums, gins, range of beers and some amazing cocktails from our bartenders will make sure that you can find your favourite tipple.

Our pub menu includes our very famous pizzas and burgers as well as some more pub specials.

Flynn's can also be booked for your private functions and exclusive parties and we assure you that the atmosphere will be one to remember.

Upper Terrace


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