Here are our recommended Almunecar tapas bars (and general bars) which we have split into two sections. The first section refers to ones located in Taramay and Velilla. The 2nd section recommends a few bars around the town centre. No doubt you’ll discover your own favourites too.
Bars in Taramay and Velilla
El Kiosko de Santi
This little kiosk bar can be found behind the Bahia Tropical Hotel. It is run by Santi and his family and although no English is spoken the menu is in English so you’ll manage. Great spot for a selection of tapas or for the daily menu or just to sit at the bar with the locals enjoying an ice cold beer.
Pozuelo Park with its lush vegetation is located just next to the Bahia Tropical Hotel behind Pozuelo beach. In the middle of this park is a little kiosk bar which serves a nice selection of tapas as well as usually giving you a good free tapa with each drink you order.
Playa del Pozuelo
Tel: 958 880014
This is a great place for a drink with the best sea views around. They have a good selection of cocktails, wines and beers and Sky TV on their giant screen inside when there are any big sports events. Not a place for tapas though they have a nice A La Carte menu and special Greek and French nights as mentioned in our Almunecar restaurants section. You may well find that this becomes your daily local during your stay.
Paseo Velilla, 47
Tel: 958 880762
Walking along the seafront towards town and you’ll soon see Bar/Restaurante Alhamar set back on your right. This is very much a place frequented by locals where you can sit at their outside terrace with a cold drink and choose from a good selection of popular Spanish tapas as well as main meals.
Rincon de Velilla
Paseo de Velilla,
Edificio Intiyan, 6
Tel: 958 631387
Good bar to meet resident north Europeans as well as a fair few local people. Rincón has become well known for its “Happy Hour” from 7pm to 8pm when many drinks are two for the price of one. After 8pm normal service is resumed and excellent tapas are normally served with their very good value drinks. There’s also a full scale restaurant inside.
Danny’s Bar & Grill
Tel: 958 639387
If you’re looking for some home comforts head further along the Playa de Velilla road towards town until you reach Danny’s. The bar is run by Paul & Judy from Stoke (Danny’s their dog!) who welcome a large number of ex-pats and holidaymakers to their cosy bar. Paul cooks great food including superb roast lamb dinners on Sundays (bookings are recommended). Another good place for English football and look out for the live music on Fridays and Paul’s occasional curry night buffets that are always a sell out.
Tapas Bars in or Near the Town Centre
Paseo de Cotobro
Tel: 958 634856
This is probably the best place in Almunecar for free tapas. It’s hidden away along Playa San Cristobal below a residential block not far beyond past JR’s restaurant. Substantial free tapas just keep coming with every drink. Don’t eat before you go there as Luis takes great pleaure in filling you with huge portions of tortilla, carne en salsa and meatballs to name but a few. They put the majority of self-proclaimed local tapas bars to shame. Nearly always packed.
Tel: 958 639044
In the corner of the town’s main square next to the town hall building this traditional bar is a great spot for tapas. Inside you can watch the fabulous grilled meat kebabs being prepared on the open wood fire. There’s a nice terrace in the square in case it’s too hot inside.
Calle Real 15
Walking through the tiny streets of the old town towards the town hall square you’ll stumble on this typical old cellar type bar. Behind the bar are wooden sherry barrels and the walls are covered with bullfight posters and work by local artists. An atmospheric locale with a fair selection of tapas on the menu and a good spot to sample some local wines.
Cafe Bar Ayer
Edificio Victoria 1
Playa Puerta Del Mar
Steve and Tracy have worked hard to establish this lovely cafe right on the seafront in the town centre. It is particularly popular as a breakfast destination thanks to their great coffees, cakes and sandwiches. You can also enjoy a tapas platter on their outside terrace with a nice, cold beer. They close on Sundays.
Lute et Jesus
Bar Avenida (Lute y Jesús)
Avenida de Europa
Lute y Jesus is about two thirds of the way up the Avenida de Europa from the sea and this bar is busy from morning to late at night. The service is good and the food excellent. The menu del dia is not available all day and most of the tables are given over to meals in the evening. Through the day the tapas are excellent and the fried fish is recommended but you may have to wait for a table as this is a very popular place.
Plaza de los Magnolios
Tel: 958 633198
Just off Avenida Andalucía in the town centre next to the Stylo video shop is Almunecar’s main English pub. Friendly meeting place for local ex-pats and tourists offering some great daily specials on British pub food, reasonable drink prices and several screens showing Sky TV.
Mesón Mari y Miguel
Avenida de Andalucia, 18
Tel: 958 883940
Very popular tapas bar/restaurant in the town centre which mainly attracts locals who know about Miguel’s legendary grilled meats cooked on a wood fire barbecue.
Plaza Kelibia at Weekends
A general area in the old town which is fairly good for tapas is Plaza Kelibia which is surrounded by bars with open air terraces. A popular bar snack in these parts is known as a ‘Rosca’. This is a circular piece of bread which is cut in half then filled with a selection of your choice such as cheese, ham and tomato and is then toasted. Smaller roscas often come free with drinks in the Kelibia bars.