Bar Arena is considered something of a hidden gem by those in the know, but once discovered, it’s captured the hearts of both residents and visitors to Playa Blanca.
Opened almost 16 years ago by Dutchman Roland Prinsen, the bar has truly established itself as a firm favourite with local residents – in particular from the British ‘ex pat’ community – but there’s actually a fantastic mix of customers from the melting pot that is Playa Blanca’s population.
There’s always something going on at Arena, whether its the Games Night – a Monday fixture with the regulars who fancy a flutter at the games table (without actually fluttering any money!) – to all of the major sporting events being shown on one of the bar’s several screens.
In 2020, the popular bar menus were given a bit of a makeover, offering an even wider choice of traditional ‘pub grub’ and more.From typical Dutch bar snacks to full on traditional British comfort food, there’s something for all, including a vegetarian take on some of the most popular dishes. There are also a number of hugely popular Specials Nights on a rotating basis every week, taking in Home Made Burgers, Tapas and Fish & Chips.
Bar Arena has never swayed from its original concept of being somewhere cosy, relaxed and chilled to enjoy watching a mix of sports, whilst at the same time, not making sports the focus of the bar.
Family, and pet friendly, it’s not a riotous sports pub, but most definitely a welcoming environment to enjoy a drink, some great food, and friendly company.
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