There’s an old saying “estar como sardinas en lata”, which is what a Spanish person will say when they’re in a pretty crowded place. With that being said, expect to be a “sardina” in Bodega La Ardosa. This place is popular between Spaniards and tourists alike that it’s always pretty full despite the hour.
Why is this bar so special? Well, for two reasons: it has an interesting history, and it serves a variety of beers and some riquísimas tapas. La Ardosa was founded in 1892, and you call feel the history even before walking inside. The tavern is recognizable by its bright red facade, which (fun fact!) was painted that way to indicate that it was a tavern for those who couldn’t read.
I often call this place “the pioneer bar” because it was one of the first bars of its kind to not only start serving beer (traditionally only wine and vermut used to be served in taverns) but then later in the 80s they started to offer international beers such as Pilsner, Guinness, and Budweiser.
Let’s not forget about the food — they have amazing home-made tortilla and salmorejo, and often offer seasonal plates. Right now, artichokes are in season, so for a limited time you can try that dish. My advice? Don’t be shy when you see that it’s crowded, there’s always room for more. So head on in, order yourself a tall one and take a step back into history.