On the corner of Calle Arfe and Calle Antonia Diaz is the little Bar Arenal Ventura, now in its eighth decade and third generation. It’s regarded as one of the classics, in part because of its long association with the nearby bullring and the people who work there (including the second generation owner who was an alguacil at the Maestranza). Inside is tiny, just a couple of small tables, and standing room at the bar, though there’s also a small terrace outside.
It still has the ambiente taurino, the walls full of pictures and mementoes of all things bullfighting. The menu is simple, the most famous offerings being mussels in escabeche and tuna (bonito), although the tortilla, ensaladilla and anchovies are also recommended, along with a nice glass of fino or an ice cold beer.
Bread/Service Charge: 0.50€ for a bag of picos
Tel 954 223 686
Open 9.30 – midnight Monday – Saturday
12.00 – 17.00 Sunday
€ € €
Food 6 | Wine 6 | Service 6 | Ambiance 7
mussels in escabeche