It was 5 degrees above zero on a Friday night in December 2017, and I had an invitation to a new opening of the first Sangria bar in Newcastle Upon Tyne called ‘Bar de Tapas’. An extension to the already popular Tapas Revolution restaurant.
Let me explain, Tapas Revolution is not your conventional Spanish restaurant. It has established itself to be one of the leading Tapas restaurants in the UK. It’s owned by celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy who has been dubbed the ‘Antonio Banderas of cooking’. His story is intriguing.
Hailed from Madrid, and after working in well-known eateries, he struck out on his own with a mission to spread the joys of Spanish food mainly Tapas and his Spanish culture to the UK. And Tapas Revolution was born. You can tell Omar is very passionate about his culture, promising to provide authentic Spanish tapas and now, a promise of the best sangria in town in his newly opened bar.
Located off Blackett street in Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Grey Quarter. You enter a cosy bar lounge with a slice of urban glamour, our hips already shaking to the beat of Latin music playing in the background and we were greeted with excitement by bartenders who really know their stuff.
Treat yourself to refreshing Traditional Sangria, White Berry, Sparkling Tropical, Blood Orange Rose or if you like, a Skinny Sangria.
I tried all five of them, for research purposes obviously!
I wholeheartedly recommend the Sparkling Tropical and Blood Orange Rose. Both are fresh, slightly sweet with a bit of zing and highly slurpable.
Oh and the way Omar explained how he came up with the recipe was mindblowing, he selected the fruits to match the flavours and make sure that each one enhances the drink.
If Sangria is not your thing, there is a selection of Gin and Tonic and Cocktails, I tried the passionfruit and marzipan cocktail which came highly recommended by the bartender and damn it’s good!
For beer lovers, they have a selection of Spanish beers from Estrella Galicia.
Accompanied by an array of tapas, from cheese, jambon to Spanish omelette and those tasty morsels of croquette.
5 types of Sangria – checked
Live Latin music every Friday and Saturday night – double checked
Spanish vibes – Triple yes
If you are in Newcastle Upon Tyne, do pop in for a visit for a taste of Spain and a hip shake or salsa at Bar De Tapas!
Tapas Revolution Newcastle
Bar de Tapas at Tapas Revolution, Blackett Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AP
*I was a guest of Tapas Revolution for their opening night but opinions as always are of my own*
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PIN IT FOR LATER: SANGRIA EVENING AT BAR DE TAPAS NEWCASTLE