I don't love giving reviews of extremes, but I honestly have nothing negative, and not even any significant qualifiers for our experience(s) at La Buena Vida.
Our visit to Granada was brief - one night, but we managed to hit a few spots, finding ourselves back at La Buena Vida. We started off our evening of tapas and drinks at Buena Vida and were greeted warmly, and sincerely by one of the owners, Raul. He explained their menu and the one drink-one tapa policy to us, invited us to take our time deciding. This leads to one of the things we liked most about our visit there...Raul and his co-owner are ever-present, available and aware, without being intrusive in any way. Naturally, this is made easy by the small space, but there are plenty of other business owners of small bar/cafes who fail at this balance.
Long story short, we had a wonderfully pleasant visit, but wanted to check out a couple other places in town. We went to one, owned by a British couple, which was nice enough, but filled with American and British college students. No problem, but not what we were looking for. We went to another place that was highly rated, but it was just a terrible experience.
Both of those we compared to the atmosphere and people at Buena Vida...so we returned, in order to be sure to end our evening on a positive note. We were welcomed back in with a warm smile and stuck around much later than we'd planned on being out - always a good sign that we are having a good time, with friendly people.
We had great conversation with Raul, and he and I have even connected via facebook. I'm glad to be able to continue to support such a great business from afar, through TripAdvisor and Facebook.
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