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5 Tapas Bars Not to Miss in Logrono, La Rioja

5 Tapas Bars Not to Miss in Logrono, La Rioja

Logrono is the capital of La Rioja province of Spain. This relatively small city of only 150,000 inhabitants has a bustling gastronomic scene. It is home to several Michelin-star restaurants.

You will find traditional tapas and pintxos bars everywhere around the city center with Calle Laurel being the epicenter of tapas. Experience traditional tapas bars – get a drink and a pintxo (small something on a piece of bread) at one bar, and crawl to another.

Tip: Do not go heavy on pintxos. Instead, take a look at the menu which is usually above the bar, and order a racion, which is small typical dish cooked to order. I like to order several small hot dishes. They are fresh, yummy and I end up eating less bread.

Here are some ideas for you on how to make your tapas experience even more diverse.

Treat yourself to high-quality gastronomic tapas at one of these Logrono restaurants distinguished by the Michelin guide.

Tastavin

Tastavin offers traditional tapas with a modern twist and a good selection of wine by the glass. 

This is a larger bar in Logrono, on Calle San Juan, frequented by locals.  

My favorite plate there is chipirones in tempura, a kind of small calamari, crispy and delicious.

Umm No Solo Tapas

Not just tapas.

The second UMM establishment in town by chef Alex Garcia.

If you want to see pretty and original tapas and pintxos, this is your place. A good selection of premium local wines will enhance the experience.  Highly recommended!

Tondeluna

Traditional Riojan tapas of the highest quality and sleek modern design.

Croquetas and Russian salad were the best I had. 

They also offer a tasting menu to share.

However, it is not only the Michelin-guide restaurants that will make you remember La Rioja tapas forever.

Drop in to one of the very traditional bars focusing on only one type of tapas. 

Bar Soriano

Bar Soriano only serves mushrooms stuffed with prawns and seasoned with garlic sauce.. 

They are made to perfection and go extremely well with a glass of Verdejo.  

La Taberna del Laurel

If you have to try patatas bravas only once in Spain, go to the right place.  

La Taberna del Laurel specializes in spicy fried potatoes. I recommend them with a glass of Rioja to make your experience 100% authentic.

Enjoy your tapas crawling. For more restaurant choices in Logrono as well as in Rioja wine country, view all Rioja restaurant recommendations. 

 If you are planning to visit Rioja wineries, pick them in the Rioja wineries catalog or join a Rioja wine tour.

Where to stay in Logrono?

My advice would be to stay near the historic center but not in the busy bars neighbourhood.   

In my opinion, residential areas within 5-10 minutes walk from Calle Laurel will be the best choice.

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Polina

Polina

I am a sommelier and a wine tour guide.

I travel for wine in Europe, collecting the best wineries to visit, best places to stay and eat.

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