Tapas Crawl at Bar Luis, Alicante

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Alicante’s Calle Mayor has over the past few years become a veritable catwalk of tapas bars, with a seemingly exclusively guiri clientele although sadly without D-list celebs musing on whether fur is the new leather, white is the new black, and how – if trousers are the new shirts – are you supposed to get the fashionable devils on over your head?

Among the bars in this corner of Alicante, there are a good few that preserve more than a whiff of the authentic spirit of tapas that we here in Cutre towers adore, something of a rarity in such a heavily-touristed area.

Bar Luis is a good place for tourists to get a flavour of a real Spanish neighbourhood bar: reasonably-priced tapas, veteran waiters and photomenus abound, putting this place among our recommendations for an authentic dining experience in downtown Alicante.

Our bill

Mussels €6

Mixed salad €6.50

Boquerones (anchovies) €6

Bread €1

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Bar Luis – hearty Spanish food in the heart of Alicante

1 Mahou beer €1.80

1 bottle of water €1.50

Total: €22.80

Best bits

Charming staff, free olives with your drinks and a personalised lesson from the head waiter on how to fit a whole dinner service onto a table the size of a postage stamp.  The boquerones are also excellent and fresh – a good place for any visitor to try this Spanish delicacy for the first time.

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Local favourite: boquerones en vinagre

Not so sure

Calle Mayor, despite the name, is pretty narrow and when it gets busy in the summer months, you can end up feeling a little squeezed, especially after a few hearty raciones and a couple of beers.

More information

Bar Luis

Calle Mayor, 27

Esquina San Nicolas


Tel:  0034 965 14 04 11

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