All posts, Culture and buildings

You spin me right round – Discos Bora Bora, Granada

The great thing about not yet knowing a ‘new’ city is the stuff you stumble upon. So far we’ve chalked up a few smelly junk shops, the fabulous Tauriq – a preserving jar of Granada’s ceramics, bronze and old chestnut – and various restaurants that get you dribbling just at the thought of them.

And sometimes you enter a place that makes you sweaty sixteen again – well, one of us at least. Back then music was all that mattered; which bassist played on what album, could an LP really be played backwards to hear a hidden message – and should we bunk off school to see Wishbone Ash at the Hammersmith Odeon. We were drawn to an Aladdin’s Cave of a south east London record store, smelling of patchouli oil and saving our pennies for Genesis’ next album. Punk was in its infancy as the Bromley Contingent strutted their stuff along the High Street. But we were too busy listening to Led Zeppelin to notice (and eating family tubs of coleslaw on a park bench, followed by a brick each of Battenberg cake from Marks & Spencer).

Today, Discos Bora Bora, near Granada’s botanical gardens on Plaza de la Universidad – ticks all the right boxes. If you’re in your 40s and – horror! – even your 50s, you’ll particularly like this place. Colourful, eclectic and brimming with a love of music, the place could keep you entertained for hours.

bora_bora_farfisa

There’s a Farfisa organ in there somewhere

There are signed snare drum skins, photos of musicians, badges, cute t-shirts for babies, instruments, old concert posters and, of course, records – glorious vinyl. The owner, Gonzalo, seemed pleased he had a customer thumbing through the Latin jazz section while also admiring the fabulous guitars (including a 1964 Framus) – and a signed Lemonheads cover sleeve, next to an old Farfisa organ.

bora_bora_records

No record collection is complete without Sabbath 4

If you like this kind of place you may enjoy the nearby vintage clothes shops too. In one visit you could buy a leather jacket with tassels, a bullfighter’s outfit, denim hot pants and a pair of 70s Adidas trainers. In short, this bit of Granada is worth a walk around – if only to admire the magnificent Iglesia de los santos Justo y Pastor which stares down at this little record shop’s front door.

Afterwards a bite at Cafe Baraka just around the corner is most welcome (the pesto and spinach tostadas are delicious). The warm welcome we got from Gonzalo ended with a gift of a fabulous Discos Bora Bora t-shirt. Yep, been there, got the…. Lovely guy, fantastic shop.

bora_bora_girl

Dancing Queen

bora_bora_guitars

Two beauties

John Coltrane to the left

bora_bora_shopfront

Welcome

Discos Bora Bora: Plaza de la Universidad,  Granada – Facebook page.

Related posts:

Granada junk shops

Incense, in tents and Pink Floyd

A visit to a past life

© con jamón spain

Con jamon spain logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion

One thought on “You spin me right round – Discos Bora Bora, Granada

  1. Looks like fun, will have to check that out next time in Granada!

    Posted by Barry O'Leary | July 28, 2016, 12:18 am

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: