Granada is one of Spain’s tourist hotspots, characterised by its rich history, Arab influence and characterful bars. Sip sunset cocktails overlooking the Alhambra or watch flamenco dancers whilst nibbling tapas in Albaicín. Even better, it’s possible to eat for free in most bars throughout the city – with each beer, wine or soft drink you order, you’ll receive a hot or cold tapa to accompany it. Here’s our pick of the must-visit bars in Granada.
Fried fish specialist Los Diamantes started life in 1942 on Calle Navas, but its flagship establishment is now on Plaza Nueva, opposite the fountain. In a brightly-lit interior decorated with black-and-white photos of fishing boats, you’ll be served complimentary plates of calamari (fried squid), boquerones (anchovies) and gambas (juicy prawns with rock salt and lemon). Accompany with a glass of dry white wine, or a caña (small draft beer) of Alhambra, Granada’s local brew.
You’ll be greeted like an old friend after just one visit to Gran Taberna, a small bar-restaurant on Plaza Nueva. There’s a mezzanine area for sit-down eating, but most of the action happens in the ground floor bar, where meal-sized portions of carne en salsa (pork or beef stewed in tomato sauce) and slices of herb-infused tortilla are flung out with local wines and homemade vermouth. Taberna also does one of the tastiest and best-value breakfasts in central Granda.
The tapas portions at Los Manueles are so generous that you can eat dinner for the price of two or three drinks. Seated at the marble bar in its main establishment, just off Plaza Nueva, you’ll receive classics such as carrillada (pork cheek braised in red wine), paella or albondigas (meatballs in tomato or almond sauce). A dinner and lunch menu is served in the upstairs dining room and the branch across the road, on Calle Monjas del Carmen, has a bigger outside area.
This riverside cave bar is found next to Puente Espinosa, one of two ancient bridges along the Carrera del Darro. Tapas and mains range from Spanish staples – cured hams and sausages – to modern fusion dishes, such as red tuna tataki with apple hummus. There’s a big selection of Spanish sherries and wines from Granada – especially reds – as well as homemade white and red vermouths. Grab a table out on the cobbled patio and watch life unfold on the Carrera del Darro.
This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Rebecca Wilkinson.