On a recent trip to Spain I found myself in bars more often than usual, almost daily in fact. For someone like me that’s quite a statement – usually I’m more intent on saving money and would almost always pick food over drink.
So why the sudden change? Well, here are my reasons for liking Spanish bars so much:
They’re full of character
Small and quirky. Donned in football memorabilia. Ornately carved wooden bar-tops. Large legs of Iberico ham hanging from the ceiling.
These are just some of the unique characteristics that help to identify Spanish bars – all of which are more interesting and appealing than any chain bar in England.
You can eat tapas
We all get peckish at some point during a night of drinking; Spanish bars offer the perfect solution with a range of fresh tapas ready to serve – dare I say it, tastier and cheaper than a portion of chips or greasy kebab!
The fact that you can order and eat these fresh snacks at the same time as your drink is a massive advantage for Spanish bars over their English counterparts.
Side note: the best tapas I’ve ever eaten were in San Sebastian – read about them here.
Beer is served in small glasses
Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a good old fashioned pint of lager – a quintessentially British 568ml pint that is, not a 473ml United States pint or the 425ml pints found in South Australia!
It’s just that the Spanish way actually makes sense – smaller glasses means you’re always drinking a crisp, cold beer. Of course, prices are in line with the smaller measurements too and it’s ideal for light drinkers like myself.
Incredible value for money
Spanish bars have nailed it here. Most places only offer one or two different types of beer on draught, making it easier and quicker to order a drink. The most common serving sizes are cañas (just under half a pint) and jarras (a mug, close to a pint).
You can find a caña for as little as €1 (£0.85/US$1.20) and jarras for just €2 (£1.70/US$2.40). Compared to the equivalent prices in England – around €4 (£3.50/US$4.90) for a pint – it’s an absolute no-brainer to head to your nearest Spanish bar and order a few cañas!
So there you go, my 4 reasons why Spanish bars trump their English counterparts. You might also like to read; 5 reasons why Spanish trains are better than English ones.
What are your thoughts on the size of beer servings on your travels? Do you agree that smaller servings are better?! (I have a feeling I might’ve opened a can of worms here!)