Monday, March 12, 2007

Tinto de Verano

Since y'all have told me you don't actually click through to read stores (damn you're lazy) I post things I think you should read in full context. Here's on of those - my favorite Spanish activity was buying a bottle of cheap red wine and orange Fanta, getting cups and ice from the liquor stores and standing in the town square getting drunk prior to going to bars.

EuroCheapo Blog alerted me to the fact that this tradition, apparently called Botellón could be ending. Hopefully, there's a Facebook group I can join to protest the fall of Botellón :)

Chalk one up for the quiet and calm adults.

The long-treasured Spanish pre-party tradition of the Botellón is a step closer to death. The Botellón—the practice of buying a whole bottle of booze and some mixers and searching out a plaza or street corner to set up shop with friends—has been a favored way to share a few cheap drinks before hitting the pricier clubs and bars of Granada, Seville, and Madrid.

With public drinking comes noise, and the Botellón circuit has attracted no shortage of complaints from annoyed neighbors. In university towns like Granada and Malaga, the weekly Botellón became so huge that city halls could ignore critics no longer. The result? A wave of new laws designed to curb street drinking has come into effect this year.

So, despite massive protests—30,000 strong in Granada, for one example—cities across Spain started cracking down on the gatherings, doling out tickets and fines across the country.

Though beaten, the Botellón is not completely dead. Some cities are designating certain zones as acceptable for the gathering of spirits.

This spring and summer, remember to check with locals before cracking open a bottle in your favorite plaza.

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At March 12, 2007 10:32 AM, Blogger Alicia said...

Sad...hopefully Missy got one last botellon session in this weekend.

At March 12, 2007 8:19 PM, Blogger Christina said...

"Lotes" were the defining cultural moments of my Spanish study. So sad to hear that Plaza San Salvador will no longer see the "Calle de Piss" from the 1000 drunks who had too much Bacardi. I miss it!!! :)


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