Agora Más Que Un Bar



The average local bar in Puerto de la Cruz is dire, awful loud music, widescreen TV, not content with inside, now widescreen TV outside, often ignorant local peasants shouting their heads off. The atmosphere in these bars is unpleasant to say the least.

Then they wonder why bars are closing, why their tourist industry is collapsing.

For the last couple of years, bars that would have stayed open until midnight, later if customers, are now closing at ten o´clock, where they employed three or four people, now one, most are empty, or near empty.

Last year, friends and I went in a bar around ten o´clock. We were the only ones there. We asked were they closing? They said no. The widescreen TV deafening us outside, we asked would they turn it down, or better still off? They said no, they liked it. They then started dragging tables and chairs in around us.

Agora a bar cum coffee bar, located in Plaza de Benito Pérez Galdós, a pleasant little plaza with traditional housing, in the old part, not far from Playa Jardín, is a rare exception.

Pleasant ambience inside, quiet, with pleasant music playing, often MOM playing outside (when they turn the music inside off), tables and chairs outside, good beer, excellent cakes, let down though by their awful coffee, conversation encouraged, Wednesday evening language interchange.

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