A while back, Rafa (Snr) and Rafa (Jnr) upped sticks and left Vanila 42 by the market. They headed for a more central spot in town, moving into a handsome building on the main route through Órgiva. It couldn’t be more different from their previous place.
It doesn’t have a kitchen, so the pork stews and paella you may get elsewhere are replaced by tapa of the more simple variety – jamón, olives, cheese. That’s not to say it’s boring; on the contrary, we like what it offers.
A Guinness installation at the bar doesn’t, alas, serve the black stuff. We’ve yet to find it in Órgiva – although DeCurtis bar claims to sell it.
What makes this bar different is that, for better or worse, it’s a themed bar and secondly, the music ranges from Cyndi Lauper, David Bowie and U2 to The Who and, surprise, The Beatles. Most bars here don’t even play music – and the ever-on TV means you can watch a politician’s indiscretions to a backdrop of Don’t You Want Me?
Unlike many bars here, there’s no open terrace which may count against it in the summer months – let’s wait and see. The two large speakers perch precariously above the bar suggest it’s more of an evening place.
Imagine Bar is charming in a 1980s time-warp kind of way. There are red plastic chairs and huge paintings of John Lennon, one of which looks like he’d been eating burgers for a month. The lyrics to Imagine are written large by the entrance – and there’s even a Stratocaster guitar (copy) behind the bar.
We normally go in the morning when the sun streams through the vast windows like a spotlight. Grab that guitar and you, too, could be transported to Shea Stadium – although the bar is a homage to Lennon. There are no photographs of Ringo. Or Paul. Or George. Or Yoko (a bed nailed to the ceiling would be a nice touch).
Imagine Bar: Open everyday (except Sundays) from 4pm to late. Avda Gonzales Robles. [Update: August 2014 – bar seems to be closed at the moment.]
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