Surprisingly for the size of the city there are not that many British bars in Alicante, especially when compared to the likes of Benidorm where, if it wasn't for the palm trees and warm Mediterranean weather, in certain parts such as ‘English Square' you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a British city! Often referred to as the Gateway to the Costa Blanca due to its busy international airport, Alicante for many holidaymakers is just that, an arrival point from where they continue on to the predominantly British enclaves of Orihuela Costa to the south and Benidorm to the north. This really is a pity as Alicante has much to offer visitors.
British Bars In Alicante
With a large harbour and marina, wonderful palm lined promenades and many parks and plazas, Alicante is a pleasure to explore on foot and one of the best ways to discover all the city has to offer, including the British bars in Alicante. The city's entertainment venues are centred around three areas, the commercial district, Old Town (El Barrio) and marina where visitors will find an abundance of pavement cafes, bars, takeaways and restaurants.
Flamingo English Bar – Located on Av. Benidorm in the popular seaside residential area of San Juan, Flamingo is quite far from the city centre but well worth a visit when spending time on the fantastic San Juan Beach which is serviced by regular local buses from Alicante city centre. Fairly nondescript from the outside, this bar has certainly stood the test of time, having been around for decades with many faithful holidaymaker returning year after year. The bar is well stocked with both local and British beers and ales, wines and spirits, and a highlight on their menu is Patata Flamingo which they have been serving since they first opened. Another favourite for those in the know is their inventive and delicious strogonoff chips.
Red Corner Sports Bar – With multiple large screen TV's and a pleasant outdoor terrace, this is the place British holidaymakers head for to watch their beloved football teams. Indeed, no matter what sport you are keen on, Red Corner will endeavour to screen it. For its city centre location, drink prices are very reasonable and often accompanied by free bar snacks. Simple and tasty pub grub, as well as the essential full English breakfast is served, although you may want to fully confirm your order as some of the staff's English is pretty sketchy. Red Corner Sports Bar can be found on the corner of Calle Felipe Bergé and Calle Navas.
The Lighthouse – Spanglish comes to mind when visiting this pub in the Plaza de San Cristobal which, along with the marina is one of Alicante City's liveliest entertainment areas. Spanish locals and British holidaymakers rub shoulders and test out their language skills accompanied by a few buckets of beer in this fun bar where the tables spill out into the square, perfect for people watching. Hungry and too tired to walk home? No problem there is a handy kebab shop and taxi company located within stumbling distance from The Lighthouse.
The Red Lion – An article on British bars in Alicante would not be complete without mention of Calle San Pascual in El Barrio. This is the liveliest street in the Old Town for a bar crawl and offer all sorts of bars, pavement cafes and restaurants. With a typical British facade, the Red Lion is a favourite spot to sit outside and enjoy balmy evenings accompanied by a good old pint of your favourite ale or lager. These are definitely not the only British bars in Alicante, so take a wander around the city centre and El Barrio and you will surely find other great choices.