On Spain's Costa del Sol, located between Malaga and Marbella, sits a quiet little mountain village called Mijas.During the summer of 1969, after ... More
The 9th Door
On Spain's Costa del Sol, located between Malaga and Marbella, sits a quiet little mountain village called Mijas.During the summer of 1969, after having been made famous by James Michener's novel The Drifters, Mijas had become an expatriate community of writers and poets. On lazy afternoons, these expats would gather at their favorite bar - one without a name, recognizable only by the number nine that was carved into the door.Behind the 9th door, they would imbibe on the local wine and brandy and share the tapas of the house, trading stories and reciting poetry to the local women until the early hours of the morning.
Very good tapas. Hip atmosphere and music. But there are some potentially big problems, depending on your particular situation. They got busy 1/3 of the way through our visit and the service slowed to a crawl (waiting 20 minutes for the next tapas dish to come- We also saw an impatient group just walk out). Also, it's winter and they need to edge the thermostat up a little. This restaurant is COLD! Probably in the mid 60s inside. Had to wear my wool coat and look ridiculous. I would go back because the food is good, but I'll wear a sweater next time. And keep in mind it could be a 2+ hour meal with the waiting. (Also, the $10-20 price is deceiving, unless you're just lightly snacking. The dishes are very small and require multiple dishes to fill up- that IS tapas, after all.)