Bars in Ronda
This fashionable bar opens Tuesday till Sunday. 12-4pm and 8pm till midnight. Here tapas of salmon are marinated in vanilla and lemon, wild mushrooms are sautéed with Spanish onions and garnished with jamon serrano. Say goodbye to traditional tapas.
The décor is minimalist and the wine bodega boasts various wines from the bodegas of Ronda including the infamous Pasoslargos an excellent cabernet sauvignon which just happens to be the house wine of the sister company and Michelin rated restaurante, Tragabuches. The tapas at Traga tapas are truly tantalising and very reasonably priced. A welcome innovative addition to this historic town.
calle Los Remedios (closed Tues)
The smartest bar in Ronda, and where the latter-day señoritos and their mujeres gather for a sherry after mass on Sundays. The décor is after Antoni Gaudí; mosaics, curious architectural details, photos and other Gaudí-esque features. The staff are welcoming, the tapas good and cheap and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how small your bill is. Outside tables tend to be for full meals off the menu, but if it's quiet you can ask to have just a drink.
Plaza Carmen Abela (off La Bola, where the taxi stand is)
A great local favourite for a lunchtime or evening drink, and if weather permits at tables outside. The menú extends beyond just tapas to full-blown platos of, for example, albondigas, meatballs, steak, or fish.
Plaza Carmen Abela
Next door to La Farola, this high-tech bar/cafeteria is very popular with the young crowd, attracted by the shiny décor, plasma screen TVs and (recorded) music. The British owners are also expanding a food menu for lunches and evenings.
calle Santa Cecilia (off Carmen Abela)
Without question the funkiest bar in the whole of Ronda - if you saw this in a movie you'd think they'd made it up as a set: a dark and cramped place out of the Fifties with locals holding up the bar itself and walls festooned with dusty knicknacks. But it's an immensely welcoming place, remarkable given that the staff are run off their feet, and locals flock here for a cheap meal and a drink or two. Particularly popular with younger Rondeños, and the odd fearless tourist.
Paseo Ernest Hemingway (back of the Parador)
Ronda's one-and-only jazz bar/club closed its doors a few years ago, but they sprang back open in 2005 with (sadly, only) once a month live gigs, and a small constellation of Ronda's hip and cool lounging louchely around to a recorded jazz soundtrack. It's open late, and also at lunchtimes, where, in good weather, its small terrace is a quiet suntrap.
Plaza Mondragon (next to the Palacio in the old town)
Open erratically, but has a lovely garden with stunning views west towards the mountains.
It should be noted that while some open lunchtimes, many bars will not open before 8pm in the evening.