Bar Allioli is a mainstay of the Barriada de la Estacion in Jimera de Libar, a real life saver. The range of pub food is good and reasonable, from tasty tapas to a hamburger and chips. The drinks are reasonable as well, simple and generous. The microbrews are stellar for those who enjoy artesanal IPA and similar "meals in a glass." This summer, there's been live music on Thursday evenings, primarily classic rock "covers" well performed by Marcus or Alberto, with no cover charge. There's also been barbecue with a salad buffet on Friday and Saturday evenings. This is a family setting; it's not unusual to see everyone from babies to grandparents out enjoying themselves, and even well-behaved dogs are welcome outside. The view of the mountains and the stars on a summer evening is glorious. They'll also do to-go (takeaway orders). There is WiFi ;a wealth of tourist information; books for sale; an English-language, informal, lending library; and as a pay phone out front. (Mobile phone coverage in this part of the village is iffy at best.) English, Spanish, and Danish are spoken, and the bar serves a clientele that includes Spanish and expat locals as well as visitors.. Both Paul and Synnove, the owners, are bicycle enthusiasts and can recommend good rides and walks in the area. The bar is very convenient to the train station platform and also to the bus that goes to Ronda or to Cortes de la Frontera. Closed Tuesdays. Accessible, but a tight fit inside. There's no A/C, but they do heat the place in winter. The only reasons I did not give it "excellent" are that it can be difficult to get service when it's a bit busy and it can get loud, even when the music isn't live. You may have to flag down the server or walk up to the bar to get a drink or your bill. The cost rating says not to include drinks, but that's typically the item on which you'll spend the most and not because the drinks are expensive. Relax. Have another beer, and take the train.
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