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“Not an arbitrary 5-Stars”
Review of Bar La Buena Vida

Bar La Buena Vida
Ranked #75 of 1,492 Restaurants in Granada
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $11
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Atlanta
2 reviews
“Not an arbitrary 5-Stars”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

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.

  • Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good food, good price, good people”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

One drink one free tapas. between 2 of us, we had 3 drinks and ordered tortilla and stuffed red pepper, all delicious! and the bill rang up to 12.60 euros! Super friendly stuff, a few spoke good English, menu in a few different languages. We visited this bar twice in 4 day visit.
By the way, the bar was closed when we went so we asked a man in the little shop (where we bought some fruits as we were starving) across the street - he was so kind and came out and knocked the bar and asked the staff when they are opening for us.
Lovely people all over.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Millie2london
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Milos, Greece
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“best place to be in granada”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

best place to feel welcome and wonderful taste.The guys there are cooking by soul.thank you Raul and Alba

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank fidel13
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Zaragoza, Spain
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Friendly&Delicious”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

It was little, pretty bar and I invited there when I tried to find a tapas bar at midnight. And I went there second time on the following night with my friends. And they're my friend anymore. I will remember Granada with their friendly behavior. You should try.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank HacerBetul
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Budapest
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great tapas, great small place”
Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Its the type of place makes you want to be spanish: great wines, you get great tapas for free with your drinks, very busy on a weekday...

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank JML01
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