El Pópulo: Best nightlife area in cadiz
This is the best area in Cadiz city center nigthlife, from 2 or 3 years ago. Just visit www.elpopulocadiz.com and you will know why !!! 12 locals with the best bars,restaurantes,tapas,fun,exhibitions,artcrafts,terraces in the most actual style but in the anciest area of the city and of Europe !, cuz is on the ground of the phoenicians town, which reminiscences you will guess.
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Pay Pay: Cafe-Teatro
If you like live music, monologues, flamenco, poetry, theatre and all things related then you might enjoy this place.
It's name is pronounced pie-pie although written pay pay (it is expensive therefore it's written name suits it). A beer cost 2.50 a bottle (no beer on tap).
The atmosphere is good though with a mix of foreign students and locals of all ages and walks of life.
Many of the live music shows tend to be singer-song writer's. It is nicely decorated inside.
Shows are normally held on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dress Code: No dress code but you shouldn't talk during the shows it is considered very bad manners. So if there is a show go there to see it and not catch up with your friends. Even when we talked in a low voice we were shushed! So be warned: It is considered disrespectful not to give your full attention to the artist,
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a Cool Spot in Los Caños de Meca
This place has wonderful views inside and out on the terrace. It is hanging on the cliffs that surround the beach. With tall glass windows it's a perfect place to watch the sunset all year round or sit out on the many terraces in Spring or summer. There are many floors and levels which make up one bar. There is one area which is Arabic in feel and design where you sit on cushions and rugs on the floor
At night I think it turn into a disco too. It's not cheap but reasonable.
La Hispañola: The Pirate Bar
This is a bit of a theme bar to the left of Hotel Playa Victoria if you are looking towards the sea.
It is decked out in dark wood and has two pirate skeletons in the doorway. Even the toilets are made to make you feel you are on an old pirate ship.
There is also a large new TV set into the walls which is ideal to watch the football.
You can also tapas here at lunch time and dinner time. I have just tried the Patatas Bravas which were nice and spicy and about 1.50 €
It has an outdoor terrace (open til 2am) where you can sip your beer (1.50€) and enjoy the sea view or a gaditano pink sunset.
The only downside to this bar is that sometimes table service can be slow and you feel like you are bothering the bar staff by being there who'd much rather you go home. This is a real shame and I wish the owner was aware of this as it spoils this otherwise great spot. There has also been several occasions where they have messed up the bill, though normally to undercharge us.
Up until now we have always been honest, but if it happens too often you never know!
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Nahu: El Centro de Cadiz (student hang out)
Beautifully decorated in an African/Arabic combo with African masks on the red walls and Arabic tables and water pipes. The doorway itself is guarded by two large African figures.
It has a cool atmosphere and for better of for worse it is a popular ESASMUS hangout. For tamer people, go there during the day for a quiet drink or a coffee and for the wilder people go there at night to drink and dance.
All in all it's a great place to go on a Friday or Saturday night, but often gets very busy. It is perhaps quieter in summer time when all the foreign students go home.
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Woodstock: Paseo Maritimo Cadiz City 2
Woodstock has an all wooden interior with large windows that look out onto the sea. It also has two pool tables, good music and a large screen TV where they show music videos and live concerts such as U2.
It serves pints including pints of guiness and wheat beer and is open all day.
It is a very popular place to have a coffee in the afternoon too, especially in autumn and winter.
They are starting to build a terrace so you can sit outside too. But one of the things that I like best about this place is that from it's tall windows you can see more of the beach than if you sit out on it's or another bar's terrace which are lower down (at road level).
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El Teniente Seblon: Gay Cadiz in El Populo
Seblon is in El Populo which is a popular area to go out for all ages, located between San Juan de Dios and the Cathedral.
Seblon is a gay bar. That is to say that many of the workers are gay and there are some gay magazines on the bookshelf and some gay customers. But many heterosexual people come here to enjoy a nice glass of wine too. There is art work on the wall and interesting lights which create a pleasant ambiance. There is a nice terrace outside in the street too.
There is also a good tapas menu.
Here anyone is welcome, young to old, gay, bi and heterosexual.
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La Bodeguilla de Cadiz: Wine Tasting
Traditionally decorated, traditional wines and tapas served, you can get a real taste of Cadiz here.
If you just want to try some local 'sweet wines' or sherries you can, or of you fancy a drink and a bite to eat then you are in luck too.
I recommend trying the Moscatel which is 1.25€ for a small glass or if you are feeling brave and want to try a drink that is not exported anywhere else but within Andalucia or even just the province of Cadiz, then try a glass of Vino Fino (fine wine!!!!) for 1.75€. It looks like a normal white wine but the flavour is highly distinct and is an acquired taste to say the least.
Moscatel blanca (white) is better than the darker coloured option. It tastes a lot smoother and has a nice grapey taste.
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Manzanilla: A Mini Bodega
If you want to go to a Bodega to do a bit of wine tasting you normally have to go to Jerez or El Puerto de Santa Maria, but if you don't have time to go that far then you can stop by the Mazanilla to drink the local 'wines' poured straight from giant barrels.
You can try all sorts of wines and sherries such as Manzanilla,Fino, Olorosa or Moscatel.
Small, nicely decorated but unfortunately a little expensive! It costs 2.50€ for a little glass, meanwhile in other places it can cost you as little as 1€. Or you can always buy a bottle for 15€.
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Cádiz City nightlife
In summer most of the night life can be found up by Hotel Victoria by Playa (beach) de Victoria. In the square outside the Hotel there is usually a botellon where everyone gathers on the street to drink (THOUGH DUE TO THE ANTI BOTELLON LAWS THIS IS NOW ILLEGAL AND ALMOST EXTINCT). On the road in-between McDonalds and the beach you will find most of the bars (though this gets packed in summer and as the bars are small it can be difficult to enter). Don't forget the beach bars that can be found all up and down the beach. The beach bars are great places to go at any hour of the day.
The rest of the year most of the night-life can be found in the centre around Plaza Mina, Plaza San Francisco and the cathedral (El Populo).
There is also an official botellon sight on the Punta de San Felipe (by the port) where you can drink in peace in the open air with your friends legally. I have never been here so I can't say much more about it only that the people who go there are usually aged between 18 and 25. There are also several bars which tend to be aimed at the younger members of the population. You can find some of the only pay to enter places in Cadiz here too. Typically the music is Spanish top 40.
Please find attached a photo of La Punta during the day.
Dress Code: In the majority of places in Cadiz there is no dress code. In the Iguana Moon on On Calle Brazil and in some bars in La Punta are some of the only places where you have to think about what shoes you should put on.
chiringuitos: Beach Bars
From May to October you will find chiringuitos on the beaches all over Cadiz.
They are some more expensive than average but if you are here on holiday it's a nice place to have a relaxing drink in the evening.
Many places also serve food such as fried fish.
A beer in cadiz usually costs 1.50 so if you go and it is 2.50 for a beer you know it's expensive.
Marimba, which is a beach bar on the Playa Victoria beach is he most expensive and not even the best one. If you carry on up the beach towards Cortadura there are some cheaper better places. Or of course nearer the centre too.
Dress Code: You can even wear your bikini here!
Teteria Oasis: Arabic tea and much more
This is a pretty little 'teteria' decorated in the style of traditional Arabic tearooms.
Here you can drink lots of varieties of Arabic teas, natural fruit juices, cocktails (many from Morocco) amongst other things.
You can also smoke an Arabic tobacco water pipe or sample some Arabic sweet pastries.
Cafe Nahu: Toxic cocktails
The place looks nice to start with. The deco is African with animal print sofas and Moroccan inspired tables, lanterns and other decorative items.
The bar maid had absolutely no clue how to make some most simpliest cocktails such as Pina Colada or they were otherwise just really minging, since my Pinacolada was hardly sweet at all, nearly toxic more like!
At the time when we walked in, they were playing chilled out lounge, but soon after the DJ took over and started playing really classic reggae (Bob Marley and stuff).. Apparently, he'd done that a few nights before as well.
We finished our drinks (except I just couldn't) and left.
El Puerto nightlife
El Puerto de Santa Maria is a small town on the cost of Cadiz, Spain. It is a Spanish summer tourist destination although more and more Foreigners are coming each year. It mainly offers nothing but cheesy Spanish pop for nightlife. Though check out Barsito, cafe Blanco y Negro or Milwaukee for live music, La colonial for Salsa, La Reconquista for an Arabic/Spanish atmosphere or La Pinta for an English atmosphere.
Places like Retro ,the bar in the photo, are great in the winter but because thay are so small in summer they really fill up and you end up on the street.
Dress Code: A cheesy checked shirt and V neck jumper for men, anything goes for women.
Flamenco: Paseo Maritimo Cadiz City
A small bar called after the Flamingo bird not the musical style. It is decorated by various paintings of Flamencos and also hosts local artist's exhibitions as well as a small stall selling African masks, Arabic jewellery and belts.
It is a bar/café and sells different fresh Arabic teas such as Jazmin,green tea and strawberry tea as well as the usual alcoholic beverages (including wheat beer).
The music is good and it is largely a hippy hangout where dogs are welcome too.
There are also tables outside which look onto the beach when the weather is nice.
Dress Code: Hippy clothes
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