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Spanish Lesson Beginner 6 Bar vocabulary and how to order in a bar Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Videos

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?

I hope you are all well and enjoying my series of Spanish video lessons. Today we are going to see some food and drink bar vocabulary and how to order in a bar.

In Spain we order tapas in the bars which are small snack sized portions of different food combinations. So now we will see some typical Spanish bar snack ingredients:

Comida: Food
Tortilla de patata: Spanish omelette
Aceitunas: Olives
Queso: Cheese
Jamón serrano: Cured ham
Jamón ibérico: Best quality cured ham
Jamón de York/Jamón cocido: Cooked ham
Calamares a la romana / rabas: Squid fried in batter
Bocadillo de ……: ……. roll
Bocadillo de jamón: Ham roll
Sandwich de jamón y queso: Ham and cheese sandwich
Patatas fritas: Chips/Crisps
Empanadillas: Little Spanish pasties

When ordering your bar food you might need to say:

Una ración de… : A portion of…
Dos raciones de…: Two portions of…
Un / una …: A…
Un bocadillo de queso: A cheese roll
Unos/unas…: Some…
Unas aceitunas: some olives

Of course you will also want to drink something, so let’s take a look at some typical drinks:

Agua: Water
Agua con gas: Sparkling water
Agua sin gas: Still water
Cerveza: Beer
Caña: Small glass of beer (draft)
Clara: Shandy
Vino (tinto/blanco): Wine (red/white)
Refresco: Fizzy drink
Café (solo/con leche/ cortado): Coffee (espresso/with milk/small with milk)
Té: Tea
Zumo de naranja: Orange juice

When ordering your drink you might need to say:

Un / una… : A…
Un café con leche: A coffee with milk
Una botella de…: A bottle of…
Una botella de vino tinto: A Bottle of red wine
Un vaso de…: A glass of…
Un vaso de agua: A glass of water
Una jarra de …: A jug of…
Una jarra de cerveza: a jug of beer
Con hielo: With ice
Sin hielo: Without ice

Now let’s see some things you are likely to hear or say when speaking with a bar waiter:

¿Qué quieres tomar? : What would you like to have?
Quiero…: I would like…/I want…
No quiero: I don´t want…
¿Algo más?: Anything else?
¿Tienes …?: Have you got…?

When you come to pay for your bar food and drinks you will need to ask for the bill and understand prices in Spanish:

¿Cuánto es?: How much is it?
Euros: Euros (listen to the pronunciation in the video)
$: Dólares (listen to the pronunciation in the video)
1€: Un euro
1$: Un dólar
5€: Cinco euros
5$: Cinco dólares
2.50€: Dos euros con cincuenta
2.50$: Dos dólares con cincuenta
75 céntimos (€): 75 cents
75 centavos ($): 75 cents
Toma: Take it/Here you are
Vale: OK

I really hope that you all find this lesson useful and hope that you come to Spain soon to try some of our fantastic tapas and wine. I am from the Basque Country in the north of Spain and there we call tapas “Pintxos”. I know I must be a bit biased, but I highly recommend an afternoon in the old part of Bilbao or San Sebastian roaming from bar to bar taking a pintxo in each one, washed down with a “Zurito” (a very small beer) or a “Txikito” (a very small wine). You won’t be disappointed!

That’s all for today, have a great day and see you next time for another Spanish lesson.


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Laura & Adam have been blogging and creating online Spanish courses for Transparent Language since 2010. Laura is from Bilbao in northern Spain and Adam is from Devon in the south of England. They lived together in Spain for over 10 years, where their 2 daughters were born, and now they live in Scotland. Both Laura & Adam qualified as foreign language teachers in 2004 and since have been teaching Spanish in Spain, the UK, and online.


  1. Tomas:


    • Laura:

      @Tomas ¡Gracias Tomas!

  2. rich:

    Thank you for the advice. I am travelling to Bilbao in 2 weeks and want to do my best to absorb the culture and attempt to “fit in” as much as possible so this was very helpful to read.

    • Laura:

      @rich Good for you Rich! The locals will appreciate your effort for sure!! Bilbao is a wonderful city. You will have a great time. Saludos, Laura