Nightlife in Granada
Enjoyable central bars include Bodegas Castañeda on the corner of c/Elvira and c/Almireceros, near the top of the Gran Vía, a traditional, though modernized, bodega , the lively Bodegas La Mancha , c/Joaquín Costa 10 around the corner, and the earthy Bar Sabanilla , c/San Sebastián 14, up an alley off the southeast corner of Plaza Bib Rambla, which claims to be the oldest bar in Granada, and serves a free tapa with every drink. The bar of the Hotel Reina Cristina , c/Tablas 4 off the Plaza de la Trinidad - the building in which Lorca spent his last days before being seized by the fascists - is also an excellent place for a tapa and a glass of fino . All these stay open until around midnight.
If you want to go on drinking through the early hours , head out to the student areas round the university. Calle San Juan de Dios (and its continuations c/Gran Capitán and Plaza Gran Capitán), Carril del Picón and c/Pedro Antonio de Alarcón are all extremely lively. The streets to the east of the latter - c/Casillas de Prats, c/Trajano and Plaza Menorca - have most of the pubs and disco-bars ; current vogue places include Biblioteca, Gente Guapa, Black is Beautiful, Pub M, Babel and Chueka (a popular gay bar in nearby c/Goya), though new places open almost weekly in summer. Other places to try are Granada 10 , near the cathedral at c/Carcel Baja 10, a beautifully restored retro cinema that reopens as a disco when the films finish; Dar Ziryab , nearby at c/Calderería Nueva 11, an Arabic cultural centre that often stages live traditional music; and, just south of Plaza de la Trinidad, Salsero Mayor , c/La Paz 20, which specializes in salsa, merengue and Latin jazz. The Campo del PrÃncipe, a square on the eastern slopes of the Alhambra, is another popular drinking haunt, as are the areas around Plaza Nueva, where on weekend evenings throngs of drinkers jam the streets solid, and the Carrera del Darro (running alongside the Rio Darro below the Alhambra) - La Sal , c/Marqués de Falces, Pie de la Vela , a gay and lesbian (but not exclusively so) bar just off Plaza Nueva on Paseo de los Tristes, and Rincon de San Pedro , Carrera del Darro, a mixed-music gay bar, are all worth seeking out.
For flamenco , one of the most touristy and heavily promoted of shows is Los Jardines Neptuno , c/Arabial (near the Parque García Lorca in the south of the city; tel 958 522 533; tickets about ?24), best avoided in summer when they bus in the tour groups but better in winter, with an intimate atmosphere and a log fire in the bar. Alternatively Eshavira , c/Postigo Cuna (off Gran Vía), is a jazz/flamenco bar with a great atmosphere and live performances.
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