Extramuros might not be first on your agenda when planning a night out in Valencia city. Appearing somewhat off the radar in comparison to other nightlife hotspots such as Ruzafa or El Carmen, Extramuros, or Extramurs in Valencian, lies just to the west of the old town, within walking distance from El Carmen. Here’s why you’d be wrong to overlook it…
The area is often simply referred to as «Juan Llorens» after the main road running through the neighbourhood, a nod to the one of the men behind the Germanías rebellion in the 16th century. Think wide, tree-lined streets with bustling terraces and you’ve got an accurate depiction of the Extramuros barrio.
Where to eat?
Famously scrumptious tortillas. This small cafe is closed most afternoons and on weekends, which can only mean one thing – their tortillas make them so much money that they only really need to open for almuerzo. Get there early, and get there quick. «Son enormes!»
Calle Calixto III 8
A small but bustling restaurant that serves typical Spanish cuisine; tapas and bocadillos. In their own words… «COPAS Y BUEN ROLLO GIRAN ENTORNO A MÚSICA DE LA MEJOR CALIDAD…IT’S FUNKY FOOD!» Stays open late with cheap drinks, alternative music and a table football – this is a popular one.
Calle Calixto III 17
La Venganza de Malinche
An awesome Mexican restaurant catering to all your burrito, fajita and chipotle needs. Tequila, anyone? Wednesdays are €1 taco night.
Calle Perez Escrich 11
An eccentrically decorated bar-restaurant offering «different» tapas. For those of you that way inclined, there’s also a vegetarian menu. Las Gretas is found over the big Fernando El Católico avenue, but still belongs to the 46008 postcode.
Calle de Pere Bonfill 7
Also over the big avenue lies Morrocan joint Dukala, which comes highly recommended. Typical Morrocan food in a charming atmosphere.
Calle Sanchis Bergón 27
Where to drink and get your groove on?
Sala El Loco
El Loco is a seasoned gig venue often attracting international as well as local groups, particularly of the rock genre. When the gigs have ended, head here for pop, soul, garage and indie tunes. Click here for the review of one of the best gigs we’ve seen there: Wau y Los Arrrghs!!! demolish El Loco
Calle Erudito Orellana 12
Rock bar and club Magazine offers drinks promotions on the terrace for early birds and opens til 3:30am. Generally spinning a variety of rock music, Magazine also hosts gigs – recent highlights of which include the Festunizer and No More Lies, Carmonas and Cigüeña.
If you’re really going hard, you might want to try their eponymously-named cocktail Magaziner – that’s lemon slush with absinthe. 2×1 if you get there early. You’re welcome.
Don’t forget to try smaller venue La Llimera next door to experience a more intimate gig venue, workshops and cultural activities.
Calle Perez Escrich 19 -13
Many of the above restaurants and bars have recently taken part in the Distrito 008 initiative, promoting art, culture and gastronomy in the 46008 district of Valencia. Last 20th-22nd June saw a successful 4th edition of Distrito 008 which showcased, among other things, an art market, wine tasting, kids activities, tapas routes, graffiti exhibitions and gigs, including a 12 hour run of music and art for World Music Day last Saturday at La Llimera.
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