claddagh bar tenerife
Situated in the area of Los Cristianos called San Telmo, this bar is out-and-out Irish - its name, the owner, the entertainment, the food.
The name, "Claddagh", alludes to a type of ring, created, it is said, around 400 years ago by a master goldsmith who lived in the fishing village of Claddagh, near Galway Bay, in Ireland.
Considered a part of Irish heritage, the name "Claddagh" has now been immortalised in Tenerife too.
Only opening in January 2008, the bar has since gone from strength to strength, now boasting many loyal customers, who return time and again.
According to the bars's website, on these days, the bar opens at 8pm. However, there is a posting on the Tenerife Forum dated September 2009 stating that it now opens every day at 12 noon. At any rate, the live music kicks off at around 9:30pm and carries on till late. It is mostly provided by the owner of the bar, Gerry, who hails from Galway. You'll see him sat in the corner, with his guitar and microphone, singing away. Alternatively, he may treat you to an instrumental, on penny whistle.
Indeed, you'll find other Irish instruments featured - the fiddle, for example - plus some not-so-Irish ones. Don't be surprised to see someone playing bongoes!
A special day at the Claddagh. This time, the bar definitely opens its doors at 12 noon and, on the big screen TV, shows all the major GAA games. These are Gaelic football matches.
At 3pm, there is a treat for everyone - free Irish stew!
Once the football matches are over, the live entertainment begins, at first with Graham, then, through into the evening, Gerry takes over.
How To Find It
The Claddagh website states that it is the "middle terrace across from the fountain". You find the fountain as follows: from the centre of Los Cristianos - ie, the church square - go up the road at the side of the church and turn left to take the road passing behind it. Follow this road right to the end, where there is a large roundabout. The fountain is there on your right. At this point, you should be looking over to the other side of the roundabout to spot a Chinese restaurant called the Slowboat. This is part of a group of bars, restaurants and shops called Centro Comercial San Telmo. You need to get over to the Slowboat and go down the steps to its left, taking you towards the beachfront. Turn right and the Claddagh is along there.
Alternatively, you can walk along the Los Cristianos beach promenade with the sea to your left, go through the underpass and the Claddagh is a bit further on up a couple of flights of stairs on your right. It is situated above the bar "North and South" and sports a large Irish flag.
Such is its situation, its terrace has fantastic views of Las Vistas beach and the Atlantic Ocean.
Telephone: (+34) 677 374244/666 803368
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