Spain is well known for its tapas, but it lest not be forgot for its shed-load of bars. The sunny city of Granada, at home in Andalusia, has some of Spains finest options, where visitors can make merry eating and drinking all at the same time. With beer spots to meet the different budgets of different visitors, here is a list of ten of my most favourites.
La Bodega Antigualla
This eatery is one of the most economical options a visitor can find in Granada. Haunted by students from all over Spain, guests must pass by here during a stay in the city. Whether you grab the small Euro beers with dips or go for wines local to the region, youll never spend too much at La Bodega. Its also worth checking out the bullheads and portraits of matadors that complete its interior!
The Bar Sevilla
Since 1930 Bar Sevilla has been serving up tapas on its famous marble tables. Part of Spains history, having played host to some of the countrys glitterati (Manuel de Falla) the Bar Sevilla has a great ambiance exacerbated further by its photos hanging on the walls. Make sure you try the stews and the thick rustic tortilla.
Where the history of fiestas and bullfights merge, Bodegas Espadafor ropes in visitors at all times of day. Known for its rich array of sherry (jerez) you cant fail not to notice the posters that partly hide its tiled walls. Operating since 1910, this bar has the best jamon in the whole of Granada. Enjoy it alongside drinks such as the Moscatel.
This bar has nothing to show of typical Andalucia traditions, but is rather a trendy modern hybrid of the classical tapas bar. A favourite among youngsters and students, it serves up tapas that are not only large in size but very tasty too. The space is well-planned (useful as its always rammed) with tables sufficiently spaced out enough to handle pastas, burgers and seafood dishes. You can also grab typical Spanish delicacies like croquetas here too.
Cafe Bar Elvira
Its appearance may deceive you but the tapas served here are just as sweet and delicious as anywhere else. Aside from its empanadas and other local dishes, Elvira hosts artistic performances like Flamenco and other theatre productions which usually play out as the clientele eat and drink. A rugged, yet charming, alternative to the uber-trendy Dcuadros.
Granadas heritage is steeped in Moorish culture. Justly so that Om Khaloum, located in the centre of the city, has traditional Northern African tapas and plenty of Arabic teas to boot. Famous throughout the city for its hummus and chick pea cake, Om Khaloum is a great spot to sample another city favourite, Alhambra beer.
Its at Ermita that you will find crafts and memorabilia associated with the bull fighting activities here in Granada. Unique in the sense that ham is hung from the bars high ceilings, Ermita has a friendly atmosphere complete with a slightly more upmarket look and feel. Ermitas glass of the house Rioja makes it well worth the trip.
Situated at the tatty end of the Calle Elvira, Paprika has a terrace and canopy where most of its clientele can be spied sitting under. Best known for its local wines and vegetable paella, this is the place to come if you get tired of the meat, meat and more meat diet Spain seems to covet.
Bar Casa Julio
Popular with fish lovers, Bar Case Julio is a favourite for its deep-fried boquerones (anchovies). Washed down well with a Cruzcampo or two, Casa Julio is the kind of place you want to start the night before it begins to fill up. Great service with friendly English-speaking staff too.
Youll have to dress sharp to comply with the dress code but Las Tinajas is worth getting dolled up. With one of the widest collection of wines in Granada and some of the finest prepared tapas in the region, Las Tinajas is at the other-end of the scale when it comes to cheap eating. Worth saving the pennies to try its solomillo (steak), braised delicately in a wine sauce and served in portions that fill your stomach just by looking at them.
All that tapas talk has made me feel hungry. Time to head out and hit up some of these joints. Next time youre in Granada look me up and well head out together!
This is a guest post from Will Peach, the site editor at GapDaemon.com, a gap year travel site for young independent travellers. He also heads up MySpanishAdventure.com – a Spain travel blog – and currently lives in Granada, Spain. Photos are courtesy of the author of this article and can not be used without his permission.