The Vegas of Tenerife…

Maybe not!

 Ok, so it seemed necessary to dedicate this place with its own post, not only because it was pretty much our go-to for evening entertainment, (Hard Rock I salute your efforts but Mariah Carey tribute, come on, even she struggles to hit the high-notes these days…) but because it is a must for anyone visiting Tenerife. Unlike the rather-small sleepy towns and villages hosting huge hotels and little else, Las Americas is the bustling heart. It set us back around €35 for a return trip which took around twenty-five minutes each way from our hotel but was so worth the journey The streets are littered with tourists of all ages and backgrounds. The lanes are lined with highly-lit shop fronts and luxury brands, ideal for spoiling yourself or a loved one and there’s a whole square dedicated to restaurants and bars to suit all tastes, budgets and kinds of cuisine, so understandably we were in food-lover’s heaven.  

 The entertainment square itself is Fountain Las Americas, which I’ll make an educated guess is due to the fact it surrounds an impressive carved fountain which boasts a musical, light and ‘dancing’ show every twenty minutes. Overlooked by a balcony of bars and restaurants. We were frequent visitors of Harry’s Bar and not only for the fact that it was the only place we could grab a seat! There was table service for ordering, the drinks were very reasonably priced, much to Bear’s approval they served an array of beers and much to mine their cocktails were made using real fruit-juice. There were raised and low seating areas outside, some under canopies and others in the open night-air (though there are heaters if necessary) we didn’t venture inside at all but the hum of people outside made for a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, great for a few drinks and just people watching.   

 Harrys Bar was located conveniently next to Empire Modern Steak House, which despite where we go in the world, I have no doubt will always be my (Bambi’s) favourite. So much so that when we got home we actually enquired about whether they cater for weddings. True story…  It’s no secret that Bear and I love nothing more than a slab of steak, but that doesn’t even begin to cover the mouth-watering delights Empire Modern had in store for us. From walking through the door to our slightly less-coherent exit the experience was a delight. While the restaurant itself looks pleasant enough it’s traditional and modest surroundings didn’t really hint to the quality of the meal we were about to have! The staff were full of conversation, laughs, passion and pride. Without our waiters knowledge and recommendation, we might never have experienced the out-of-this-world beauty that is the Bilbao Steak; If there was ever a cut of meat that was specially selected by the gods, then this was it. The meal, with complimenting bottle(s) of wine and sides set us back just over €88. I can absolutely recommend the dauphinoise potatoes but there really wasn’t need for much else…  

 SAX rock bar is located just across the road from the fountain square, while the entertainment on our visits ranged from cheesy (as-expected, off-season Tenerife in winter isn’t bustling with youngsters) karaoke and open-mic artists to more-seasoned-but-still-cheesy tribute artists who are open to requests and heckling, it made for a fun filled night. Drinks are on the more expensive-side, but if you’d rather avoid the dad-dancing and Abba mega-mix the seating outside is a comfortable alternative, with a pleasant-atmosphere but the option to hear what the person opposite you is saying…    

Despite the masses of holiday-makers this place is hassle-free, no hailing on the street to visit particular restaurant’s or being hassled by the various street artists. Though Bear did purchase an amazing hand-cut portrait of himself (which he promptly lost after one too many-drinks!) the vendors and artists are respectful and while their services are displayed they’re happy to receive a compliment or interest without rinsing your wallet.    

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