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THE STORY OF THE OLDEST BAR IN SLIEMA
The Hole in the Wall pub has been around for over 90 years. It was originally used as stables owned by Miss Antoinette Ganado who sold it as a pub to its very first owner, Manuel Scicluna. At the time, it was literally a hole in the wall with no seating space selling take-away wine from huge vats. 70 years later Spiro Micallef had taken over the pub. The pub was frequented by pilots & cabin staff of British Airways who would stay over-night between flights in the nearby Imperial Hotel. They used to say “I’ll see you down The Hole”. Eventually Spiro, a seaman in the Royal Navy who had served in both World Wars sold it in 1959 to Freddie & Charlie’s father, Anthony Bartolo.
After 45 hard, long years of running the bar, Freddie sold the bar in 2012 to Ian Camilleri. He had ambitious plans but sadly, after 2 years of running the bar he passed away. The bar went on to and is currently owned by the Schranz brothers.
“if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world.” The Little Prince
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