It's a Spanish tradition to go out and enjoy a few drinks with a mix of small savoury dishes. In fact, there's even a verb for it - to "tapear" means to move from bar to bar, eating and drinking a little at each establishment. There are lots of great places to enjoy tapas in Dublin, and one of our favourites is the Havana Tapas Bar.
The Havana is a Cuban retro-style cantina bar in central Dublin that has a great selection of tapas including favourites such as Patatas Bravas, Croquetas de Jamon, Spanish Meatballs and Gambas al Ajillo - that's prawns with garlic and chilli, served on a lime salad. The Havana also gives you the possibility of ordering in tapas to enjoy at home. It's a fab choice if you're throwing a drinks party and want a buffet-style selection of nibbles for your guests. You might want to get your drinks delivered too. Of course, just because tapas were designed to share, there's no need to! If you just want a few tapas when you're home alone for dinner, that's just as possible when you order with Deliveroo.
We've put together a go-to guide for some of the tapas that feature regularly on different menus, so you can know what to expect if you order them.
Montaditos - These little sandwiches are great when you want to add some mix and match tastes to the table. Often, they're toasted and can have vegetarian or meat fillings.
Pimientos de Padron - There's a fair amount of meat in the average tapas meal, so healthy it up a little by ordering these small green peppers from Galicia. They're fried whole in oil and depending on where you have them, they can be fiery hot too.
Patatas bravas - This is probably the best known potato dish in most tapas bars, and consists of little cubes of deep-fried potato, served with a spicy tomato sauce.
Papas arrugadas - An alternative to patatas bravas, this dish usually has tiny potatoes boiled whole and then slightly roasted. They're served with mojo - a red sauce made with red pepper, garlic, paprika and olive oil.
Revuelto - Eggs also feature on tapas menus - most commonly as revuelto - scrambled eggs - either plain or with different fillings.
Albondigas - Spanish meatballs, also known as Albondigas, are a tapas staple. They're little and made with either a pork and beef mix, or either meat on its own.
Chocos - This is cuttlefish, which is breaded and deep-fried. This is a similar but different dish to fried calamari, another tapas favourite.
Gildas - Lots of tapas dishes are served hot, but gildas can be a refreshing cold bite. Usually stacked on a cocktail stick, gildas include chilli peppers, anchovies and olives. These salty snacks go well with an ice cold beer.
Jamon Iberico - Another cold tapas that's always popular is Jamon Iberico, a salted and cured ham which is served thinly sliced.
If you're looking for the best tapas experience in Dublin, but don't want to go out to get it, order direct from the Havana via Deliveroo.