Well did we ever think we were going to escape lockdown? There was a point where I thought my only joy in life was going to be my short trips to place the bottles in the recycling bin. How we didn’t get reported for seemingly running an illegal speakeasy I’ll never know.
But here we are, a few weeks into the new normal, the flights are coming in from the UK, the Germans have already arrived and suddenly, rather than terraces being banned in and around the city they are literally pouring into the streets. If this is the new normal, I must confess I quite like the look of it.
So if you’ve been off on a boat, trapped on the other side of the world or just haven’t quite made it out into the big wide world yet, here are a few choice bars and restaurants that we’ve been frequenting recently.
Obviously number one on our list for a night out once the doors reopened was the fantastic Corner Bar run by the wonderful and ever smiling Matt and Penny, in Plaça de la Drassana. The terrace has grown, the table service is as excellent as ever, the beer is cold both in and out of happy hour and Killer Pool seems to have taken a turn for the female on a Thursday night. They are currently open every night from 5:30pm and are showing all of the main sports. If you want a table on the terrace give them a call to reserve and we’ll see you there for a shot of tequila!
Up into Santa Catalina and perennial local favourite Puente in the Plaça of the same name is doing a roaring trade. They have also just opened a new arroceria across the road that means they now have one of the largest socially distanced terraces going in the barrio. The prices are probably the best there are for Santa Cat, the staff are lovely and the menu has something for everyone. It’s also dog friendly, though watch out for the lovely Lola who has a tendency to lick your earring out of your ear.
Further across town is yachty favourite and home of the best Boerwurst this side of Cape Town, The Crow’s Nest. Run by the delightful Dave and Estelle, this is a perennial favouite for sundowners overlooking the beach at Cala Major and you never leave disappointed, full yes, but never disappointed! If meat, a convivial atmosphere, live music and all things South African float your boat then look no further than up as you leave the beach.
Next time I’ll be doing a run down of the best new terraces along Sant Magi with marks for originality, flair, and most ingenious use of a blue parking spot!