17th January 2022
Granada Tapas Bars – Free Tapas in Southern Spain
Granada Tapas Bars
Granada tapas culture is a pleasant surprise for most visitors when they arrive. Tasting delicious free tapas as soon as you get into the first bar. When you request a drink in most bars in Granada you get a complimentary tapa.
Here are places to get typical Granada tapas. I deliberately selected places around the city centre and have been open for years. These are typical Granada tapas bars rather than the new, trendy or up and coming ones.
This cosy place serves Tasty moroccan tapas. This is one of my all time favourites in Granada. Get there before 8.40pm if you want a seat. Its very popular with students and although it opens at 8.30pm it seems to be packed by 9.00pm.
My picks here are the falafel, kebab or couscous with caramelised onion.
You can also get Pastela Moruna to order, not a free tapa but so worth it. (Moroccan chicken pastela)
There are lots of choices for vegetarians here. Saluka, baked potatoes…etc
- Address: Calle Jardines 17
- Opens: Monday to Saturdays (Closed on Sunday)
- They are closed in July & August each year.
Full of character, Bar Avila is always packed. Standing room only. The house special here is called Jamón asado. Roast ham atop a piece of white crusty bread. Don´t let the serviettes on the floor put you off.
Its a classic in Granada.
- Address: Calle Verónica de la Virgen, 16 (side street opposite Corte Ingles)
- Opens Mondays to Fridays 9.00am until 4.30pm 8.00pm to Midnight
- Saturdays 8.00pm-midnight
- Closed on Sundays
Bar Los Diamantes
The well known Bar Los Diamantes specializes in fried fish. There are a few of these bars now dotted around the city. The original one is on Calle Navas 28, it´s been there since 1942. Since the pandemic the original bar is closed (lack of space for social distancing) so it´s best to head to another one of their venues. Virgen del Rosario is the closest.
It´s always busy but if you want fish for tapas you can´t go wrong here. The Fried Aubergines (egg plant) are also a firm favourite too.
- Address: Calle Navas 28, Plaza Nueva and Virgen del Rosario
- Opens Monday to Friday 12.00h to 5.30pm + 8.00pm to 2.00am
- Saturdays Sundays & Holidays 11.00am to 1.00am
This eclectic place on Calle Molinos is at the heart of the Realejo quarter. It´s a Columbian style restaurant with a good range of vegan and vegetarian tapas. The platter above was ordered separately (it wasn´t one of the complimentary tapas). Such delicious mini arepas.
They have a small terrace with outdoor seating as well as a bar area and cosy dining area.
- Address: Calle Molinos 16
- Opens 12.00h to 11.30pm
- Closed on Tuesdays
This Wine Bar in the Realejo tends to get very busy. They serve locally produced Granada wine but have an excellent wine selection from all over Spain. Sometimes they offer a guacamole for tapa. When I´m inside it reminds me of being inside a wine cellar as the walls are lined with bottles.
Since the pandemic as this is a small venue they allocate tables so that you have a dedicated space. This is done to avoid overcrowding and keep some social distancing between guests.
- Address: Placeta del Agua, off Calle Rosario
- Opens 1.00pm to 4:30pm + 8:30pm–12.00am
- Closed on Sundays
Kiosko Las Titas
Located in this wrought iron building on the Genil riverbank. This bar has lots of outdoor seating but does have some tables inside too. With a tapas list to choose from they also offer montaditos and raciones too.
Spanish omelette is a good choice here. Enjoy wine with a riverside view and people watch as they wander along the park alongside the tables.
See more here about the difference between Tapas, Raciones + Pintxos
- Address: Paseo de la Bomba
- Opens daily from 8.00am til midnight.
This curious place, looks like a delicatessen shop. You walk in, past the deli style counter and through to the seats in the back. This is on a small side street off Plaza Nueva. Tapas tend to be cold cuts and olives here.
- Address: Plaza de Cuchilleros, 11 (opposite Plaza Nueva)
- Opens Monday to Saturday from 7:30PM–1.00AM
- Evenings only. Closed on Sundays
Bodega Los Tintos
The aubergines are so delicious here. Roast ham topped with quails egg is also amazing pick. As well as the tapas the wine selection is also excellent here. Usually packed with locals it maybe difficult to get a table. Make do with a spot at the bar and tuck in.
- Address: Calle San Isidoro
- Opens Tuesday to Saturday 1.00pm to 4:30pm then 8.00pm to midnight
- Closed on Mondays & Sunday Nights
- Closed in August (summer break)
La Entraiya – Casa Rafa
In the Albaicín there are quite a few good tapas places around the Calle Agua & Calle Pagés. However La Entraiya is one of the most typical in the Albaicín. Expect local specialities and a traditional bar atmosphere. Order their broad beans with ham or creamy croquettes.
If you choose to stay for lunch their daily menu costs 12 euros for 3 courses and is very good value.
- Address: Calle Pagés 15 (Albaicín)
- Fridays & Saturdays 9.00am to 11.00pm
- Sundays to Thursdays 11.30am to 5.00pm
- Closed on Tuesdays
Free Granada Tapas
I like to go for tapas every now and again. But there is much more to food in Granada than the free tapas. They are just a snack, a friendly welcome into the bar. Sometimes visitors don’t give the great food on the raciones and menu a second look as they are only sticking to the free tapas.
Here are some of my favourite restaurants in the city if you want to discover local eateries in the city beyond tapas.
A Taste of Granada Tapas Tour
You can also get a guided food tour in Granada with Spain Food Sherpas. Rather than just wandering around sampling tapas. This activity shows you more into how locals eat, what food is produced locally in Granada province and insight into gastronomic culture in this part of Andalusia.
- More details: A Taste of Granada Tour
- Get 10% off bookings with code PICCAVEY
Which is your favourite Tapas place?..
Let me know in the comments below…
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