We’d been recommended to try a pre-dinner cocktail here and although cocktails aren’t unusual in style, we thought we’d give it a whirl. This bar is at the Matagorda end of Puerto del Carmen and although it is nothing much to look at from the outside we found it to be particularly welcoming. Indeed the co-hosts were very keen to pose for a couple of photographs (perhaps I should have told them they would eventually be seen on the worldwide web).
There were over 50 cocktails on offer ranging from 5 to 7.50 euros a piece. This small bar played a constant stream of Elton John numbers, offered some tranquillity from the busy main road and I indecisive as ever pondered over the cocktail menu for some time.
Aficionados will be acquainted with the options but as a novice I was previously naive to the options. Apparently I could have a screwdriver, sex on the beach, and an orgasma to name but three. I honestly did not have a clue and the waiter patiently stood by us whilst we studied the menu. I’m not a gin fan and it’s just amazing how many cocktails rely on gin as the main ingredient. In the end embarrassed by my indecision I asked for a Manhattan and my wife went for a cocktail uninspiringly called, a "special". Mine was ordinary to the extreme whilst hers was dressed with a sparkler (an indoor firework) and could have been the final course of a meal. It resembled a "posh" fruit salad whilst the 2 cherries and a slice of orange floating around the edge of mine was obviously the best decoration I could hope for. Certainly this was nothing like the only cocktail I ever had before, purchased for me by my son from a swanky bar in the middle of Hong Kong. Still a cocktail, if taken infrequently stills shouts decadence at me.
I was disappointed that the bar tenders did not transfer the ingredients into the cocktail by way of an elaborate ceremony they just grabbed bottles and liberally poured them into a utensil with another receptacle. Mine was given a quick twissle before being poured but the more complex drink prepared for my wife required a zing on the blender and some deft slits of the fruit before they were mounted on the side of the glass or threaded onto a skewer.
At eight on a Sunday night this place was still extremely quiet but it had a good feel to it. A relaxing and undemanding environment allowing us to relax at the end of a ‘busy’ day reading, sunbathing and listening to good music courtesy of Apple I-pod. What a good start for our evening meal.
For a different setting with cocktails at similar prices try the Diamond Cocktail Bar. It seemed much busier than La Gurta but I reckon it offers a much comfier environment for those pre-meal drinks.