Like most Spanish towns, Albacete has plenty of lively bars where you can enjoy a drink and some tapas. Many are found near the busy central street of Calle Concepcion. Here’s our guide to the best bars to visit.
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This very Spanish little bar, tucked away on a small street, is decked out with bullfighting memorabilia and serves very traditional fare. Nuestro Bar seems simple from the outside but it’s actually the perfect place for dinner – it might surprise you with the quality of its seafood, suckling pig and other favourite local dishes. They have an English menu, but as Albacete is not a big tourist destination, don’t be surprised if the staff here and elsewhere speak little English. Don’t worry if your Spanish isn’t up to scratch. A smile goes a long way in this fun and friendly local bar.
Music lovers will want to spend their evenings at El Torito, or ‘the bull’, a much-loved music bar that serves as a meeting point for local musicians. The cécor is simple, the prices are low and dim lighting and comfy armchairs create a relaxed atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a place to hang out in the daytime, this central café-bar is a good bet. With great coffee, free wifi and a good selection of cakes and tapas, it’s easy to spend a couple of hours here chatting with friends or watching the world go by.
This café-bar in the centre of Albacete has a relaxed vibe perfect for meeting friends for coffee by day, and in the evening it becomes a lively spot to enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas while taking in a live-music performance. It’s not the cheapest bar in town, but it’s a very pleasant place to spend some time.
Much loved by locals for its good-value food and friendly service, History is a cosy, casual bar that’s perfect for starting a night out over tapas and wine with friends. They also serve food throughout the day, and the atmosphere is always warm and unpretentious.
Another of Albacete’s popular late-night bars for music lovers, Velouria is a live indie music venue that gets busy and loud, especially on Saturday nights, but guarantees a good time, with plenty of reasonably priced drinks and a surprisingly large food menu including everything from burgers to paella.