Just a year after first opening it’s doors in the Greys quarter of Eldon Square, Tapas Revolution have launched a new lounge and sangria bar which sits adjacent to the popular restaurant.
I headed along one night with a friend to sample the new drinks menu. Inspired by the lively and dynamic bars of Spain, ‘Bar de Tapas’ aims to bring a taste of Spain to Newcastle by offering a unique range of cocktails, sangrias, wine and beer.
Upon arrival we were greeted by our host who walked us through the restaurant area to a table of our choice in the lounge. We were presented with an extensive drinks menu where it took us a while to chose! We opted for a Sparkling Tropical Sangria jug (£18) to share which was made with Cava, passion fruit, watermelon, pineapple, orange and lime. Surprisingly I had never tasted Sangria before but I really enjoyed how fruity it was and we both agreed that it was very light and refreshing.
After finishing the Sangria we decided to try a few cocktails. I was impressed at the amount of choice available on the menu and again struggled to decide. As I enjoy fruity drinks I ordered the Pimento and Mandarin Daiquiri (£8.50) made up of Bacardi rum, mandarin, melon and pimento dram shaken with caramelised pineapple. Served in a unusual crystal glass and topped with foam, this cocktail tasted as good as it looked!
To follow I enjoyed the Passion fruit & Marzipan Batida (£8.50) which consisted of vanilla and marzipan vodka, condensed milk, tigernut milk and passion fruit shaken with pimento dram and Disaronno amaretto. It was unlike any cocktail I had tasted before, the Marzipan and condensed milk was a good combination!
To accompany the cocktails we ordered some tapas dishes to share, both of which were delicious. The ‘Pan Mallorquin’ (£5.25) was our favourite, the grilled bread with soft chorizo spread, gratin with manchego cheese and honey was lovely and sweet, I’m already thinking of trying to create this at home.
Despite Bar de Tapas offering a range of unique drinks and tasty tapas dishes, I felt that the lounge area lacked atmosphere. The décor and the bar itself was comfy and inviting and the staff were all very friendly and attentive; however, it was very quiet for a Friday night with only a few other tables occupied in the lounge area. Perhaps this will change once the bar area becomes more established.
The restaurant area was full which wasn’t surprising as the tapas dishes were very good, I felt I would have preferred to sit at a table in the restaurant though as there was more going on and it was more lively. I would definitely return to Tapas Revolution for cocktails but next time I would enjoy them with a sit down meal in the restaurant part.
*Our drinks (not including food) were paid for in return for an honest review.