Taverns or “tabernas” are very traditional in the province of Cadiz. They are public popular establishments where they serve and sell drinks and sometimes you can also eat. They are like small charming bars where you can find the culture of the city where they are located. They are usually very old and with lots of history and tradition.
It is interesting how there are many different ways to call these establishments. In the province of Cadiz there are four ways of calling them: “tabanco” in Jerez de la Frontera, “güichi” in San Fernando, “bodeguita” in Sanlúcar de Barrameda or “bache” in Cadiz city.
But, more than that, it is a meeting place where people (where until recently only men could enter) share their experiences of daily life or where they organise a spontaneous gathering. At times, they are treasures of the culinary offers of the province. In some of them you can even enjoy flamenco shows.
In general, they usually have good local wines: manzanilla, fino, oloroso and amontillado, among many others. They also offer good home-made snacks, dishes or traditional specialities, including different cold meats and cheeses.