Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. 😉 Actually this was more like “brunch beer” as it was after 12.00. I haven’t yet graduated to having brandy at 9 am, think you have to be at least 85 to do that.
I swear I will never be “Sevillana” enough to understand this. THIS being the popularity of the Plaza del Salvador, a pretty square that features the second largest church in Sevilla (after the Cathedral). Across from the Salvador church are two hole-in-the-wall bars that basically just sell beer. And they sell A LOT of beer. To massive crowds of people who don’t seem to mind that it takes forever to get your beer, and then you stand outside jostling shoulder to shoulder with everyone else until you want another beer… and then repeat.
This isn’t an age thing, because I did try when I first came here 25 years ago. I would join friends in the square for a beer, struggle to get into one of the bars to place an order, then pick up the beers and struggle again to find my way back to my friends. Before long I decided that this scene was, frankly, no fun at all. I mean seriously… all that hassle just for a beer? No thanks. Still, it remains one of THE places to be in Sevilla. Go figure.
I’ve walked past this bar many times over the years, but only went inside for the first time the other day (it was time for a quick beer o’clock). Taberna Gonzalo Molina is clearly a local favourite, apparently specialising in quails & wings and they also host live flamenco performances a couple times a week. I didn’t try the birds as I reckoned drinking out of the beer glass I was given was enough of an immune system workout for one day. But I was actually charmed by the place, and will stop by again. If it’s still standing, that is.
I’ve been doing the Beer O’clock thing on my Sevilla Tapas Instagram for years, and can’t even imagine how many beer pics I’ve taken, but this is definitely one of my favourites. In fact I’d love this orange tree tile panel in my living room.
Then it occurred to me that if I ever wanted to see all those beer pics again (you never know), I should have been adding a more specific hashtag, other than #beeroclock. So I came up with #azaharbeer and added it to a few of the older photos, but it would take hours (days?) to re-tag them all. I know this because I remember it took forever when I re-tagged ALL my Instagram cat pics with #azaharcats, and there weren’t nearly as many as the beer ones. Maybe I’ll save this activity for when I can’t sleep at night – it should surely put me back to sleep.