Pomegranate is Granada’s fruit – ‘granada’ is Spanish for pomegranate – and some of the city’s most chic cocktail bars and night-spots will serve you an excellent, Granada-themed drink. Below is a guide to the best places to head if you want a truly local cocktail.
San Matias 30
Bar, Spanish, $$$
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Sann Matias 30, one of Granada´s cleekest cocktail bars | courtesy of Mark Nayler
One of the area’s smartest bars, San Matias 30 serves a huge range of spirits and flavoured liquors. It’s certainly the place to head, if you want to enjoy a drink inspired by Granada’s local fruit, in an ultra-modern setting. This place is far too trendy to serve your pomegranate-based cocktail in a normal glass: instead, drinks come in ex-jam jars. Definitely a bar for night-owls (it doesn’t even open until 4pm), Matias 30 often has PAMA in stock for its granada cocktails, a delicious pomegranate-based spirit made in the States.
Sann Matias 30, one of Granada´s cleekest cocktail bars; courtesy of Mark Nayler
Check In bar, Realejo, Granada | courtesy of Mark Nayler
The quirky interior of Check In – also on Calle San Matias, in an area that has seen several cool new bar openings recently – takes inspiration from the London Underground. Londoners visiting Granada and seeking out a decent ‘copa’ will therefore be reminded of home (in a good way, that is) when they enter this sleek, incredibly friendly joint. Their menu features an impressive array of quirkily-named cocktails, including a few based on pomegranate spirits.
Check In bar, Realejo, Granada; courtesy of Mark Nayler
Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Beer, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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Tomate Bar, Granada | courtesy of Encarni Novillo
Although it’s surrounded by some of Granada’s oldest and most traditional drinking dens, Tomate’s carefully-designed interior wouldn’t look out of place in Soho: trendy bare-brick walls, low lighting and sleek furniture create a classy, intimate atmosphere. You can perch at its tiny bar and watch the world go by, as you enjoy a pomegranate-based mixer or cocktail. The tapas here is also excellent and provides a modern twist on Andalucian classics.
El Camborio has stunning views of the Alhambra at night | michimaya, flickr
One of the best nightspots in Granada, Camborio sits right opposite the Alhmabra, across the valley in the gypsy flamenco neighbourhood of Sacromonte. Split over several levels – some for dancing, some for chilling in the plush leather sofas – the views of the Alhmabra at night from this popular student hangout are jaw-dropping. Until about 4am, that is, when the great fort´s footlights are suddenly turned off and the Alhambra vanishes into the night. Entry is usually between 8-10 euros, but you can stay dancing and drinking pomegranate liquor until the sun rises, by which point the party here will still be going strong.
El Camborio has stunning views of the Alhambra at night; michimaya, flickr