Spanish tapas and beer… next to a real bull? Well-located in the heart of the historical centre, just next to Plaza Uncibay, this tapas bar will surely attract your attention with its real bull standing right in the middle of the bar. Don’t worry, it is a “stuffed” one, but it is still real! This tapas bar is well known in Madrid, where the first “Los Gatos” bar opened 30 years ago; at Easter 2012, the owner, Miguel, decided to come back to his hometown, Malaga, to open the second Los Gatos in Spain. It is worth mentioning that “gatos” is a slang term that Spaniards use to refer to people from Madrid; people from Malaga, malagueños, are called “boquerones”. Boquerones, or little anchovies, are the most typical seafood from Malaga.
In my opinion, Cerveceria Los Gatos stands out from the rest of the similar bars because of its polite, friendly and playful staff. Maybe I’m just lucky, but every time I have been there, the staff have always been welcoming and willing to crack jokes while they are serving the customers. What is more, a couple of times, after asking for the bill and paying, there has even been free cava to say goodbye!
An average dinner or lunch with a couple of tapas and a drink will be around €6 per person. Recommended tapas are “salmón con gulas” (salmon with baby eels), “salmón con queso de cabra y cebolla caramelizada” (salmon with goat’s cheese and caramelized onion) or “bacalao” (salt cod). All accompanied by a “cañita” (small glass of beer) as they proudly claim to have the “best beer in town”. If you are not sure what to choose from the menu, the waiters will happily recommend the best option of the day.
If the weather is good, why not sit outside? The bar is just on the corner of Plaza Uncibay and you will have a nice view of the square!
How do I get there?
Cervecería Los Gatos is located in Malaga (Historical City Centre)