Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Where everybody knows my name . . .

On my trips I always start with great intentions to seek out recommended places to eat and drink, but with the exception of my stay in Venice (where I used my Chow Venice book), I usually have a tendency of walking around asking locals for their advice or just stumbling onto places. This haphazard method doesn't always result in much success (which is why I'm trying to improve in this department), but every once in a while the hunt can sometimes be fun!

Here's a familiar bar (look-a-like) that I stumbled upon on my early morning walks through the city during my stay in Malaga, Spain. . .

Here's a closer look at the familiar name . . .

But after a long day of sightseeing I dropped off my camera and stumbled on to this lively bar to hang out for some tapas and sangria . . .

It's not lively now, because I took this photo earlier in the morning. I think what drew me away from Cheers is the lively promotional game they were having where the more you drink the more chances you had to win a prize. Being the light drinker that I am, I didn't have a chance at winning, but it was pretty fun watching the other contestants. :)


  1. A Cheers in Spain? That is too cool! I don't guess Norm was sitting at the bar, ha ha. And yum, tapas and cava!

    I know what you mean about finding places to eat/drink/hang out. I like roaming and being spontaneous but it does help to do a little bit of advance research. Asking locals is a great idea too!

  2. I'm laughing at myself here because at first I thought that you were blogging about a visit to Boston. A Cheers bar in Malaga?! Who knew!

    I have a hard time planning ahead of time where I want to eat. I like to wander and find places away from the tourist drag. I usually rely on the locals for recommendations. An exception was in Venice where I used Shannon’s book and the recommendations of the apartment owner.

    I would have also enjoyed watching the contest. What were they drinking, beer?

  3. Hola, Yes to the Tapas and Sangria; Blasphemy Cheers in Spain :-) Come visit Boston, where everyone knows your name!

  4. That's pretty funny, who would have thought? Sometimes we wander, sometimes we use our notes - I try not to overplan where we eat, after all it's supposed to be a vacation.

  5. Love the Cheers bar - what a hoot!

  6. Cheers in Spain, who knew? What a find.

    And that drinking contest sounds like a fun thing to watch. I am also wondering what where they drinking?

    I don't plan much where to eat either, unless I know of a place that I want to check out.

  7. Hi Annie, I couldn't believe it when I saw the sign and of course I had to snap a couple of photos. You guessed right, I didn't see Norm there! :)

    Now that I think of it, I almost regret not going in there for at least one drink just to say that I went to a Cheers bar in Spain. :) But I already had two big glasses of Sangria at the first bar and was already feeling it.:)

    I do like exploring and just going with my instincts. I've been sort of lucky so far. Some places haven't been spectacular but they weren't horrible either. Asking locals for their recommendations works for me a lot. And they've been right most of the time too.

    Thanks for your comments Annie. Have a nice evening!

  8. Hi Maria, I giggled too when I first spotted the sign while exploring around. They were still setting up but I still poked my head in to check it out and then I took a couple of pictures for my sourvenir. :)

    In Spain I did do a little research and kept a list but there were so many places that I ended up just going into places that looked interesting. For the most part, my experiences were pretty good. On the other hand while I was in Venice, I totally depended on Shannon's book too and was very happy that I did. I found myself going back to the same places like that pizza restaurant by the bridge. That was one of my favorites. Too bad she doesn't have a guide book for Spain too.

    You probably would've enjoyed watching that contest. One group won so many prizes. You are so right, the drink was beer and that was another reason why I didn't win anything. I bought one glass just to try and didn't like it and worse didn't win anything. I decided to stick to my Sangria. Once I had two glasses I was done. :)

    Thanks for your comments Maria. Have a great evening!

  9. Hola M and I'm pretty sure it's you. :) Yes the Tapas & Sangria were fantastic but I have to agree that only in Boston's original will everyone know your name!

    It was pretty cool seeing a Cheers bar in Spain though. :)

  10. Hi Marcia, I agree with you. I have a general idea of what I want to see and do and will plan my days as I go along. Except for when I have a pre-planned organized tour or a scheduled day trip, I keep it fairly loose.

    Thanks for your comments Marcia and have a great week!

  11. Hi Leslie, I love it too. It really took me off guard since it's been off the air for a long time already. It was fun to see it in of all places Malaga, Spain. So much fun when you come across the Unexpected! :)

    Thanks for your comments Leslie. Have a great day!

  12. OMG, Cheers?! That definitely deserves some photos! And it also sounds like you were very wise to walk away......

    Being an overplanner, I often create great long lists of recommended restaurants and wine bars I want to try when on vacation. But then, after all of my planning, I wind up following my lists only about half the time! So often, I either forget the list or get lost or every recommended place is filled or closed -- or I just see something that looks really appealing and forget all of my planning!

  13. Hi Sandra, it's that just too funny that there was a Cheers in Malaga, Spain. Definitely took me by surprise.

    That's interesting that you only get to about half from your list. But I thnk your point is right. For me, I've gotten lost looking for places that's on my list and I think that is part of the reason that I may go to other places. I do try though especially if the recommendations are excellent.

    Thanks for your comments Sandra and have a great day!

  14. Hi Candi, you must have typed this comment as I was typing. :) I love finding the unexpected on my trips. Makes things fun. The contest involved drinking beer which was what they were promoting so I didn't have a chance as I'm not a big fan of it. I stuck to my Sangria and just had fun watching those very talented beer drinkers! :) It was something fun to see. It is hard to really stick to a list, but like you if I have a really good source (like I did in Venice), I'll make the effort for finding the recommendations. I think I followed a couple of recommendations in Spain but for the most part I went with whatever looked good and interesting. And I did okay. But maybe that is a credit to the Spanish food more than me.

    Thanks for our comments Candi and have a great day!

  15. OMG, that is hysterical - a Cheers bar in Malaga! Whoever started that bar must have been a big Cheers fan.

    My sister and I went into the Boston Cheers just so we could say we had been there. Of course, the inside looked nothing like the TV show, but the outside definitely did.

  16. Hi Nancy, yes that is very funny to find a Cheers bar look alike in Malaga. It think it is so cool that you were able to visit the real Boston Cheers. How fun that must have been!

    Thanks for your comments Nancy. Have a great day tomorrow!

  17. Interesting that Malaga has a Cheers. I had my dad take me to the Cheers in Boston years ago. I really don't remember much except it was very touristy. I do remember my dad telling me that a street or two over from Cheers was a very dangerous area of Boston (at least at that time). That made me not want to stay there very long.

    I probably do 50 50 with recommendations and wandering/asking locals for restaurant recommendations. I also get lost wandering around at times looking for that a recommended restaurant, ending up trying an unknown restaurant. Sometimes it works out well and sometimes is doesn't.

  18. Hi Girasoli, that's so interesting about the surrounding area of the bar.

    I think I'm even less than half in going to places that are on my original list. I make a real effort to find a place if it is highly recommended and easy to find but other than that I tend to wonder too.

    Thanks for your comments and have a great weekend Girasoli!


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