CRAFT BEER! - LOGROÑO
I'll get in a load of trouble for even uttering this... La Rioja is seemingly more interesting for beer than it is for wine at this stage. The brew scene is reinventing itself and capitalizing on craft beer popularity world wide. Here are a few places to indulge!
El Dorado & Odeón (off & on-premise)
Menendez Pelayo, 10 | Logroño
Everyone talks about the Calle Laurel for tapas & although it's historic and makes for great people watching, I often wish it was lined with bars putting out as pure & quality-driven tapas as Barrio Bar. They use "happy" eggs for their tortilla de patata, make a MEAN salmorejo and their beet humus is stellar! Really there's not a miss on the menu/counter!
General Vara de Rey, 5 | Logroño
Extensive wine list with a few natural selections. The best croquetas de jamón in Logroño, hands down filled with sumptuous béchamel and hearty chunks of jamón and hard boiled egg you can actually see, feel and taste. They also had the guts to put morcilla de Burgos (blood sausage) in a spring roll and fry it. Terrace makes for great people scanning especially the cream de la cream of young Logroño.
Calle del Laurel, 18 | Logroño
Ok I'm going to say it. I don't know why people keep talking about the Calle Laurel. Yes, it's historic and yes, it's a shit show of drunken locals and tourists Thursday-Saturday but the tapas just aren't what they used to be. It feels like you're walking down a street filled with heavy and heavier tapas trying ever-so-intently on being the next San Sebastian. Drizzles here, mayo there. There are two or three places I make certain I go during my stay in Logroño... Bar Jubera has been making patatas bravas since the early 80s. There isn't a menu. You simply order "uno de bravas!" and this humble dish is a slutty one (a squirt of mayo + a spicy sauce that's been identical since I've frequented the Jubera in 2000). The same duo has been working the bar for at least 17 years and while the C/ Laurel is attempting a tapas version of haut cuisine even though we're past that, the Jubera keeps chugging on for both locals and tourists alike. ¡Gracias majas!