A look at music and noise laws in Mojacar – what’s the real deal?

I have written a number of times recently on problems with establishments and people getting into trouble with the local police over noise and music. But what’s the truth of the matter, legally? The problem appears to be that small bars claim to continue to experience problems in obtaining permission to have any sort of live music in their bars, whilst the big discos and hotels are perceived to be allowed to blare out noise Continue reading A look at music and noise laws in Mojacar – what’s the real deal?

No live music even with a permit in Mojacar

You can’t even have live music in Mojacar with a permit it seems, after reports reach me today of an live music incident in Scottie’s Bar in Mojacar. Scottie’s is a nice little bar restaurant in a square off the main paseo along Mojacar beach front. It seems that the place had a live music license* from the council for today, and had hired a singer (his name was not vouchsafed to me) with some Continue reading No live music even with a permit in Mojacar

Turre puts out tender for bars during the feria, puts limits on prices

In a surprise move, Turre council has put out to tender the two bars that will be permitted at this years feria. If you want to run one of them it will cost you 2,500€ plus 200€ flat fee for water & electricity. You’ll also need to have all your paperwork in order and a public liability insurance minimum of 50k. Each bar must have a minimum of 15 tables and 60 chairs. You’ll also Continue reading Turre puts out tender for bars during the feria, puts limits on prices

Andalucia has lost 20% of its bars and restaurants in the last 4 years

Since 2008, Andalucia has seen its bars and restaurants shrink by 20,4% : we now have just 47.003 establishments. It’s according to a survey issued by La Caixa, ‘Anuario Económico de España 2012’. No idea what database they’re using for the 2008 data. These things have to be counted by banks, as the government no longer bothers. The Junta used to insist that all bars & restaurants inscribed themselves into the Andalucian Tourism Registry, but Continue reading Andalucia has lost 20% of its bars and restaurants in the last 4 years

What a mess between pubs and bars

From today’s discussion of the difference between pubs and bars, being carried out on the letters page of The Times: Sir, Many years ago I was called to the bar of my Inn, which has no bar, and drank in a mess. Fortunately the Inn has a pub adjoining, with one bar much frequented by the Bar. Andrew Francis Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2 Well, that’s cleared it up!

Cafe Bar Aguila, Albox

Aguila is a workers bar in Albox. But by gum, it’s a good one. Inside, in a main room, darkened by the windows which are tightly shuttered against the danger of the summer sun, wizened men and worker foremen sit hunched over the bar, drinking their carajillos. A low background murmur from conversation is constantly audible – the minute you look to see where it’s coming from the conversation stalls and you find that the Continue reading Cafe Bar Aguila, Albox

How to open and run a bar in Spain

  ***The following is a tongue in cheek story, based on many, many, many true stories***  It appears to be the British dream. Give up a well paid job in the UK, fly over to Spain, plough all of your children’s inheritance into a bar, run it for a year, then retire off the earnings. They call it a dream for a reason, you know.   Location Choose your location well. In practice, this often means either Continue reading How to open and run a bar in Spain