Antigua Casa de Guardia
Bar, Spanish, $$$
Any self-respecting wine lover in Malaga must make the pilgrimage to Antigua Casa de Guardia, the oldest wine bar in the city. Dating from 1840, this local institution sits unassumingly on the bottom of one of Malaga’s busiest streets, making it easy to miss. Slip inside, though, and you are in wine heaven. Giant barrels containing dozens of varieties of Malaga’s signature sweet wine – made from a mixture of Moscatel and Pedro Jimenez grapes – are stacked behind a bar that seems cobbled together from worn-out old school desks. Bar staff dressed in the traditional uniform of black trousers and white shirts serve the wine in dainty little glasses at great speed, contributing to the antique charm and ambience of a bar that should be one of your first stops in the city.