This August 2023 at ‘El Viento’, every Saturday night, you can enjoy live acoustic music from 9.30pm to 11pm with Will McCarthy playing popular standards (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Sinatra, Bacharach, Blues, Folk and more). Then from 11pm until late you can enjoy a ‘Sound de Sabado’ Dance Party with Mr and Mrs Black at the turntables playing Funky House, Hip Hop, R&B, Disco Soul and more. All of this is courtesy of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey, which you can enjoy for just 6€ a glass every Saturday night in August! Based in the vibrant barrio of El Cabanyal-El Canyamelar, ‘ELViENTo Bar’ is a place that brings quality tapas and live music together in a relaxed and ambient environment. The lively outdoor seating area is welcoming and invites passers-by to peak in and see what the buzz is all about. Inside the vibe is both homely and trendy, with warm yellow lighting from the low-hanging lights. Wooden tables of various sizes are dotted around to accommodate large group gatherings or an intimate catch-up with a friend. The walls are adorned with various vintage-looking signs and framed tickets, with one corner entirely dedicated to comic-book drawings. It is a place that has a distinct character, and it is no wonder that creative individuals are able to find a home there. ELViENTo Bar provides a space for people to enjoy a variety of local talent and welcomes music of all genres.
Food and music are the main stars of the show on Saturday, with a large group of people sitting at a table near me and ordering and passing around various plates of colourful-looking tapas and chatting over glasses of red wine. It seems that many people are regulars or at least have been to the bar before, which is testament to the friendly environment created by those who work there.
I was fortunate enough to be able to try some of the famous dishes that ElViento Bar have to offer whilst enjoying the live music. I am presented with a plate consisting of their famous guacamole (without avocado!), a tostada topped with chopped tomatoes, peppers and beans, a soft taco with pulled pork, red onion and salsa. Their take on the classic Spanish dish of Patatas Bravas (on their menu known as ‘Bravo las Bravas’) entailed finely-sliced, crispy potatoes with a flavourful chipotle dip on the side. The dishes manage to preserve the authenticity of Spanish cuisine whilst still being unique to El Viento.
It is clear that ‘ElViento’ gives its artists the space to be as creative as they want and attracts an audience that is open to hearing something new. Every Saturday in August, ‘ELViento’ is celebrating its sixth anniversary with live music, food, drink, tapas and DJs! Experience the ambience for yourself and make your way down to ElViento in El Cabanyal-El Canyamelar for a bite to eat, a drink with friends and the possibility of discovering your new favourite music artist! Space is limited indoors so RESERVATIONS are recommended: 60688200.
Report by Shemaiah Rose
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