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Wine and Dine in Logrono

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Photo: David Nicolas

If ever a place embodied the spirit of Spain’s tapas tradition, it’s sleepy Logroño, in the Rioja wine region. Here, a Spanish-style bar crawl to experience the city’s authentic charms.

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Destinations: Spain · Logrono

Themes: Food + Drink

Inspired by: Authentic Tapas in Spain's Rioja Wine Region — by Bruce Schoenfeld, Published Dec. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    Marques de Riscal Hotel

    Depending on whom you talk to, the architecture critic at El País or the Elciego shopkeeper, Frank Gehry’s hotel at the Herederos del Marqués de Ri

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Restaurants (4)

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    La Tortilla Mere

    Order tortilla española—runny like a good omelette and slathered with house-made red sauce ($2)—and chase it with the neighborhood’s best bargain:

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    Bar Donosti

    A tiny corridor of a place where embuchados, plates of grilled goat tripe, sizzling and crunchy, with spicy romesco sauce ($6.40) are served with B

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    Bar Ángel

    The establishment’s sole victual—a two-inch-high stack of mushrooms precariously united by a toothpick and topped with a tiny shrimp ($1.50)—pairs

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    El Soldado de Tudelilla

    Family-run spot popular with locals for its classic half-sandwich of grilled sardines topped with guindillo pepper ($2). The tart Bodegas Solagüen

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Activities (4)

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    Pata Negra

    This capacious corner bar is named for Spain’s famous black-hoofed pigs, so don’t miss a crunchy, salty, and delicious toasted sandwich of jamón se

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    Electra Rioja Gran Casino

    Postmodern bar in the corner of a small casino that pours wonderfully acidic Viña Soledad 2005, a white from Bodegas Franco-Españolas ($1.95); the

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    Blanco y Negro

    An eclectic crowd, including pilgrims bound for Compostela, visits this L-shaped bar for irresistible matrimonio sandwiches: roasted peppers, salte

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    Bar Sebas

    This storefront-size bar has a formidable list of wines on a chalkboard. The hearty semi-spicy pepper stuffed with beef and béchamel ($1.50) is a s

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