FREE TAPAS, Granada
We'd read about this, but didn't expect it to be as good as it sounds ... but it is !
We went into 5 bars, and in each one we had different tapas with each beer.
Now granted they were not all to our taste, but it would be extremely churlish to object to free nosh.
Highlights were tortilla, dressed mussells, serrano ham & crisps and bread and cheese.
The downlight was a weird and smelly egg concoction.
The impressive bit is they don't over-charge on the beers either.
Makes it a cheap evening out, and gives you an excellent excuse to go on a bar crawl.
Before our visit, we had heard about a great custom in the bars of Granada whereby you get a free tapas with every drink you order. So to put it to the test we went bar-hopping in the city to see if we could get a full meal without paying for any food. And it worked!
In the very first bar the waitress brought our beer and we thought the free tapas was either an urban myth or something that only the locals got. But eventually a small plate of potatoes appeared. And so it continued at the next 4 bars we visited. We were drinking wine and beer mostly so it kept everything cheap. After tapas in 5 bars we were fairly full and just a little drunk. But it was a fun way to discover this great local custom.
I've since learned that Granada is one of the few places in Spain to continue this tradition of free tapas with a drink, and it seems almost every bar or cafe in the city participates.
In most of the bars in Granada when you order a drink you will get also a sandwich for free.
This happens during the day but especially at night. For each drink you order you will have a different sandwich. If you are vegetarian, advise the waiter because the sandwiches are normally with meat, so he will give you a vegatarian one.
There are lot's of italian restaurant's in granada but there is only one place you eat for FREE ,it's called Made in Italy and you will find it in calle alhamar 22 Granada .With every drink they give you a peace of italy it's unbileavable!!!!
If You've checked out other VTers Granada tips already, You'll be aware that Granada restaurants/bars offer free Tapas with drinks!
My experience was that some do, and some don't!
I was offered a plate of chicken wings and a carrot/ sweetcorn salad at Titas to accompany my beer prior to eating my main course. (See my Restaurant tip)
In Plaza Bib Rambla, I stopped at a cafe for a beer and was offered a dish of delicious plump olives.
However in Sacromente, I stopped off at a restaurant for a beer and that was all I got, likewise in Plaza Nueva.
(These were all daytime visits).
*UPDATE- my second visit I tried more Tapas, Naves, (off Plaza Carmen ) was a good place for free Tapas, also the restaurants on Paseo de los Tristes (overlooking The Alhambra) offer a plate of 4 - 5 Tapas for 7 euros (Plateau tapas variades)
Granada, and its province, is (fairly) renown for its culture of free tapas (small snack) served will beers, wines, tinto de verano, etc. (NOTE - you will not get served tapas with spirits or after ordering food!)
This practice dates back to the 'Moorish' time where alcohol was less popular - food being served with the drink to lessen the harmful effects of alcohol intoxication - a practice i would like to see everywhere where drinks are served (and drunk to excess!!)
Top Tapas Tips:
- Most bars/restaraunts serve tapas regardless of how up/down market they may be,
- Cafeterias/Pastelerias/Pubs/Clubs usually don't,
- There are so many bars in granada it is not realistic to list the good ones - it in fact would be easier to list the bad ones as most serve good tapas, the area between Calle Elvira and Gran Vie de Colon - near Plaza Nueva is a good place to start,
- Tapas is served lunchtime - 12-4 and in the evening - 8-12, bars in more touristy areas may serve it all day,
- Don't ask - it nearly always will arrive a few mins. after you get your drink - if not - bad luck!
- Most bars will just serve a tapa of whatever is going that day, while other bars may offer a choice,
- The longer you stay i.e. the more drinks you stay for - the better the tapa gets with each round - well usually!
- Tapa means (literally -lid) a covering plate of a snack to be eaten with your drink,
- It makes no difference to the tapa you get if you order a caña
[pronounced - kan-ya] (275ml) or tubo (330ml) vino or whatever, but if you are in a group you may be limited to a couple of choices only(if a choice is offered),
- If you are planning to 'do tapas' before eating out - be warned - you will not have much of an apetite by the time you get to the restaurant!!
- To find the best tapas - look further afield, often in small local bars throughout the province, you will be served with tapas that many would consider a main course in a restaraunt!
Salud - Enjoy!
Granada is known for their practice of giving you free tapas when you order a drink. We mostly ordered meals so we didn't get one until our last night there when we ate at Ooh La La in the Plaza Bib-Rambla where they gave us a good sized portion of chicken on a skewer and olives before our meal.
Don't order food with your beer until you see if they bring you free tapas. If they don't bring any ask them if your drink comes with free tapas because sometimes they can forget!
Only in Granada can you eat proper tapas for free. In other parts of Andalucia they will give you only olives or crisps. In Granada they give you all sorts.
For example: Sardines,chorizo(Spanish sausage type thing), Morcilla(black pudding), Pan Catalan(bread with freshly squeezed tomatoes and cured ham), patatas fritas (French fries) and much much more.
With every drink your tapas will get better better ( not only due to the effects of the alcohol). They have a set menu for everyone’s first, second, third tapas etc. I usually like to move around a lot, so I have no idea what they will give you if you stay in the same bar all night (a three course meal? Lobster? Caviar?)!
This is the best way to eat and drink. You normally get tapas free in Granada with beer or wine, sometime with a soft drink too. In Granada, tapas is served in order and you don't get to choose where as in Almeria, you can choose. Both of these provinces supply the tapas free!!
If you order a drink and do not get tapas...ASK! Sometimes if you are a 'guiri'(foriegner) they don't bother,.
And feel free to throw the litter on the floor....its quite normal!
Like in most places of Andalucia, Spain, you get 'tapas' when you order a beer in a local pub. (Not in the touristy ones, so you have to look where the locals go.) Tapas are little dishes, usually a sandwich or chips. They are usually very yummy but you have to eat several of them in order to satisfy your hunger. No matter if you order a big beer or a small beer (spoken: 'canyes') you will get the same abount of tapas. So if you're hungry, order 'canyes' or you'll get seriously drunk.