Bars in Santa Pola are quite varied but being a seaside town many are located close to the beach. This is handy for families with young children as the parents can enjoy a few drinks and still keep an eye on the young ones. Most people during a holiday will visit bars more frequently than when at home; and why not, we work all year to take a few weeks holiday and enjoy the entertainment available. Even those that don't partake in alcohol will find many bars in popular holiday towns and cities such as Santa Pola will offer alcohol free beer, sangria and delicious fruit cocktails. It's not just about the drink but more the lively atmosphere and a chance to make new friends.
Traditional Tapas Bars
Some visitors to Spain won't even think of entering a traditional tapas bar. They tend to stick to international ones with British or Irish themes. Here they can visit safe in the knowledge that there will be pints of British lager or a good old pint of Guinness, maybe accompanied by a full English breakfast. This is a shame as most Spanish beer is excellent quality and when served with a free tapa, superb value for money. Sadly, being served a free tapa with your drink order is a dying tradition. Over the years with the massive influx of tourists, many bars that display tapas will charge for them. If you're on a budget then head away from the tourist areas and explore the Spanish parts of town where you will usually still be served a free tapa with your drink order.
Town Centre Bars
When exploring Santa Pola town centre or enjoying a bit of shopping during a holiday, it's nice to take your time for a change and stop along the way for refreshments. Better still if the bar you stop in has a terrace or pavement seating. Here you can enjoy the age old tradition of people watching with an ice cold drink in hand. Located on Calle del Muelle, the rather lengthy named Saint James Santa Pola Urban Bar is a beer lovers heaven and receives great reviews. Here you can tuck into pints of Guinness, pale ale, porter, red ale and a good selection of international and local bottled beer. Attentive staff and great music adds to the pleasant atmosphere.
Visitors who fancy trying a good selection of excellent tapas with their drink should head to El Zero Cafe Bar. Located on Carrer Poeta Miguel Hernandez, this place is legendary for their tapas. Try the tiger prawns or potato croquettes, and not to be missed is their tender baked octopus. Chill out on the terrace at Bar Restaurante Las Vegas located on Carrer Almirante Antequera. Here you can watch the world go by while tucking into one of their famous cauldrons or paellas. A bit further along this road is the characterful and well established Cantinflas. These guys have been serving up ice cold drinks and traditional dishes such as delicious snails for over 50 years.
Santa Pola's marina is the perfect place to head to for a few drinks or a meal with a view. With lovely views over the moored boats is the local Nautical Club. Here you can pop into Restaurant & Bar Vintage where the food and drink is quite reasonably priced for a yacht club. Sit on the large terrace with an expertly mixed gin & tonic and listen to the boats rigging playing tunes in the breeze. Backing the marina on Av. Granada is Tapas Bar Gallego. A bit worn and rather too laid back staff but cheap and cheerful, family friendly and great for visiting the nearby beaches.
There are beach bars to either side of the marina. On the north side of the marina overlooking the town centre beach is Bar Los Curros. Here families can relax on the terrace and keep an eye on the young ones while they play. Being next to the Fish Market, you can be sure your fish and seafood dishes are super fresh. Try their Sailors Rice or delicious baked whole baby octopus. Further north around the headland are several more beach bars. Near Calas del Cabo is Leprechaun Bar. This is the place to quaff pints of Guinness, Kilkenny and cider. It's a great bar to kick up your heels to the music and has a lovely family friendly atmosphere and traditional Irish grub.