Tag Archives: tapas

Bodega

Georgetown is a district you just cannot skip when you’re in DC. With its harbor, cute old houses and excellent shopping & dining options, you might even love it more than downtown Washington. Right in the heart of Georgetown, along M Street Northwest, you will find Bodega tapas & lounge. This restaurant attracts a lot of locals, especially during happy hour when the sangria flows like water. Over-order on delicious tapas such as their to-die-for Pan con Tomate y Jamón Serrano or Patatas Bravas and sit back to take in the atmosphere. The dramatic interior features black and red walls, copper bars, bullhorns and rugged leather seats. It feels like a mix between a traditional hacienda and a dark, trendy nightclub. Bodega offers happy hour every day (except Saturday) from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and opens up its fountain patio during the summer months.

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Caveau

The perfect mix of style, affordability and high-class, without being pretentious. When in Cape Town, don’t leave before you’ve had a memorable evening at Caveau. Situated in the antique cellars of the famous Heritage Square building is this wine bar slash deli. Now you don’t need to drive 40 minutes out of town to learn about South Africa’s wine route; you just book a table at Caveau. Caveau’s wine list allows guests to enjoy some of the finest selections from the Cape wine route. Caveau will assist you in making the right choice. ‘Wine is made te be enjoyed, not to confuse people’, is what they say. Caveau is open for all three meals of the day, although if you have to choose we would highly recommend dinner. Be prepared to arrive hungry! The beef cubes, lamb samoosa’s with tzaziki and prawn tempura are to die for.

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BAR 22

Like the idea of shared dining, but not a great fan of Spanish tapas? Well, try BAR22. Here you can have delicious half-size dishes to share with your fellow diners, without having to choose between tortilla or chorizo. The menu varies from inside-out sushi to grandma’s meatballs to garlic spaghetti. A wide variety of choices. It’s up to you! The drawings on the wall are amazing and give the interior a very unique vibe. It used to be just a bar, and now the focus is mainly on the restaurant. However, you can still feel the cosy ‘bar-esque’ atmosphere: laid-back and unconstrained. And right after dinner, the DJ pops in to select and play music, so that you don’t even have to move on to the next bar down the street. Just stay where you are!

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Cookie’s

Even though its name is a little misleading and its location is almost impossible to find, Cookie’s is by far the most welcoming, quaint and romantic little cafe in Bruges…once you found it. Locals love to recommend this place for the great atmosphere and tasty food. The dishes are tapas-size and made with a mix of Spanish, Italian and Belgium ingredients. You can’t go wrong with these three countries! Next to that, they offer a large range of wines, whiskeys and – of course – beers. The restaurant is small and cosy and perfect for a romantic night out or dinner with friends. Avoid the restaurants on the “Markt” where most tourists get trapped; Cookie’s is within 2 minutes walking distance (but hard to find). Reserve in advance as this small place fills up quickly and make sure you get detailed directions before you go.

 

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Bar Cañete

Bar Cañete is the perfect escape from all Rambla tourist traps. After shaking off all persistent – if not aggressive – restaurant owners you quickly flee into this quiet little street to discover tradional dishes in a great old-school decor. Most seating is directly at the bar, which forms the heart of the very long and very narrow restaurant. The lack of tourists just makes everything so much better. High quality food, the friendliest staff of all Barcelona and a perfectly organized chaos. Although at the bar you’re not able to look directly at the rest of your party, there are so many other details that catch your gaze. All dishes are tapas size and are prepared right in front of you where you have a full view of the kitchen. Their specialty is (shell)fish but the few meat dishes they serve are mouth-watering too. No wonder this place has become one of the most popular Barcelona restaurants in such a short time!


 


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