Bar Plaza, Vera
Tapas, for those of you who don´t know, are a time honoured Andalucian tradition, consisting of a small portion of food served with your drink. The idea´s been grabbed by fashionable Madrileños, who have refined it and exported it world wide, but I still don´t think it´s a proper tapa unless it fulfills it´s original function of keeping the flies out of your drink. And the idea of being charged for a tapa is enough to make the local boy in me rise up in protest.
That said, on bad days when I have to hide from the customers, I´ll often call up a couple of friends at midday and vanish off for a quick drink and a few tapas. If we have to be back soon, we go to Meson Verfran in Los Gallardos – if not, further afield. A firm favourite of ours has always been Bar Plaza, in Vera, just opposite the bull ring.
They don´t serve proper meals, but it´s always busy with local workers who have popped in for a few tapas, or their big brothers the infamous racion (a ration of whatever, larger than a bite size tapa, but you do have to pay for it instead of getting it free with a drink). Two large vitrinas show off the currently available tapas, and they usually have a selection of embutidos (cured meats) behind the counter. Drinks are a lot cheaper than in the usual tourist rip off bars, the coffees actually quite good for a workers bar, and it´s always spotless.
Where is it?
Bar Plaza, Vera
Opposite the bullring, next to the old SEDESA office.
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