Restaurants

Bodega Bar y Cantina

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Feeling an uncontrollable urge for burritos and tacos that haunts you in your sleep? Feeling a thirst for authentic South American cocktails and beers that cannot be slaked? Then it’s Bodega Bar y Cantina for you. Located on Bennett’s Hill just around the corner from Victoria Square (the location of the Christmas markets), Bodega offers a wide selection of classic South American tapas-style dishes and street-food, along with their own alternative twists on these traditional plates. Whilst the tapas-style presentation is perfect for sharing with friends over lunch, being open 12pm until late, Bodega is also the perfect venue for dinner, offering a variety of larger dishes to sink your teeth into as well as a selection of traditional desserts.

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Upon entering diners are instantly transported away from dreary England and into a vibrant and bustling local South American restaurant. With clusters of chillies hanging from the bar, exposed light bulbs artistically spread across the ceiling and café-style seating; Bodega provides an authentic and laid-back atmosphere – making it a firm favourite of those who enjoy spicy and flavourful food ranging in origin from Argentina to Mexico. Huge home-made nachos covered with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of meat; burritos and quesadillas with a variety of fillings; red wine glazed chorizo; fresh fish of the day marinated in citrus juices and scotch bonnet chillies; tacos stuffed with grilled red snapper, mahi mahi (a local South American fish) and king prawns topped with cheese and chilli-lime salsa – the list goes on, with the extensive range of food allowing repeat offenders to keep their dining experience fresh and new. But don’t worry if it’s your first time; the staff and waiters are really friendly and are more than happy to describe the dishes to you and recommend their favourites.

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Honourable mention should also be given to the cocktail menu – a masterpiece of alcoholism that took over a month to create. Made with tequila, rum, pisco, cachaça or vodka, Bodega offers not only a huge range of authentic South American cocktails but also a large selection of their own unique creations; all expertly presented and bursting with flavour. Furthermore, the drinks menu itself provides a short narration of the origin of each of the spirits featured along with a wine menu and a range of authentic bottled beers.

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With hot sauce already on the table for the rogues and danger –seekers amongst you and a vibrant atmosphere, Bodega Bar y Cantina is definitely for those of you who enjoy amazing South American food, incredible cocktails and the tapas experience. However, if a night out is more your thing then Bodega hosts a DJ night every other Friday (aptly named ‘Lucha Libre’) in its downstairs bar which, with a 75 person capacity, can also be booked out for large parties wishing to dine in style. Also available is a cocktail master-class (minimum of 8 people) which includes: learning the history of the spirits, learning the tricks of the trade and cocktail-making based games. And now Bodega Bar y Cantina are offering Independent Birmingham Membership Card holders 20% off food 3-6pm (Monday-Thursday) and all day Sunday – so get out there and enjoy! You can check out Bodega and all its events at www.bodegabirmingham.co.uk or on twitter: @BodegaBirm.

 
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