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Bar Elvis is closed

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(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Sign says that «cerrado por descanso de Emanuel» So that’s history. It’s in Reliegos on the meseta.
 

donalomahony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
"Camino Frances" 2013, "Burgos to Leon," February 2014 - "Frances" June '14
Interesting bar. I suspect it will reopen once he has returned from his "rest".
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
I stayed in Reliegos in October last year. The bar was closed because of siesta scheduling, but the door was open and I wandered in. The owner was cleaning and puttering around. We chatted for a bit before I headed to one of the little mercados to grab a few snacks before dinner time. Later, I was walking around the village after 8 pm, and the Elvis was closed.
 

Mugatu

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Finisterre, Muxia (2018)
Camino Frances or Norte (2019 , June 27-Aug 8)
Such an eclectic place, hopping by for a speedy return! If you know... you know 56596
 
Camino(s) past & future
2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (2019) CF
2013 Arles/Aragones
2015 & 2017 HærvejenDK
When I walked through Reliegos mid-afternoon toward the end of November, it was closed. Very disappointed. It was a magical place when I was there last spring. Hope everything is o.k.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (by train) 77; Frances 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta 19.
It was closed the day I passed through Reliegos in 2015....

Come to think of it, I've never broken bread with anyone who actually found it open!
 
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Darby67

Enólogo caminando
Camino(s) past & future
2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
It was open when I wandered through Reliegos at the end of January 2018. Sadly I was freshly fed and hydrated and didn't pop in, sounds like I may have missed out on an experience.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
It was closed the day I passed through Reliegos in 2015....

Come to think of it, I've never broken bread with anyone who actually found it open!
You didn't meet me then :D
Twice I walked through Reliegos it was opened and I can't remember free jamon y queso tapas so huge than at Elvis.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I walked to Reliegos in 2016, accompanied on the last part of my walk by a young man named James, I believe he was an Australian, who was walking the camino bare footed. He was eager to renew his acquaintance with the owner of the bar, and I think that he spent the whole night there, drinking and socializing, and never made it to a bed. It was certainly a unique location because of its owner, but very far out of my comfort zone, so part of the adventure of travelling in foreign parts.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
I walked to Reliegos in 2016, accompanied on the last part of my walk by a young man named James, I believe he was an Australian, who was walking the camino bare footed. He was eager to renew his acquaintance with the owner of the bar, and I think that he spent the whole night there, drinking and socializing, and never made it to a bed. It was certainly a unique location because of its owner, but very far out of my comfort zone, so part of the adventure of travelling in foreign parts.
After a night at Elvis you just shouldn't plan to walk to Leon the next day. It can be very tough on some senses ;)
Mansilla de las Mulas would be quite OK though.
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
It's a special bar. So is its owner :D
I know Bar Elvis is sort of sacred site. But I had the bad fortune of drinking coffee there in 2014. I memorable event - but definitely not a good one. If it has close, it won’t be missed for its coffee.
 

Mike Savage

So many friends to meet . . . so little time
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés,Inglés
Muxia/Finisterre
Português Coastal
Português Central
Sanabrés
When I stopped in the late afternoon September 2015 he was sleeping on a bench. He got up and we shared a few laughs. Later that evening the place was jam packed full of people in full party mode.
 

AndyK

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2016
Cannot remember how the coffee was, but I stopped by in May 2016 and had lunch there. Quite a unique place. Fascinating walls inside. My office's walls are totally boring compared to that bar, too much white space ... ;)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Cannot remember how the coffee was, but I stopped by in May 2016 and had lunch there. Quite a unique place. Fascinating walls inside. My office's walls are totally boring compared to that bar, too much white space ... ;)
I guess it's time to start partying in your office and decorating those white walls :D :D :D
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
It was open both times I passed through in June 2015/2017.
 

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jennysa

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino F 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 C Aragones 2012, 2017 2018 Via Francigena 2016 & 17 Primitivo 2018
I first saw it in The Way and then stopped there on 2 consecutive years. It had changed from the bright blue colour to some indescript shade that I didn't recognise it but I think that the whole character of the bar had changed with it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
That is a drag. I haven't been there since 2014. I was hoping that it would be open when I did my winter camino this November. People wrote some very funny and cool things on those walls.
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
I hope does come back he is a very special man

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Notice the cigarette. I walked into the bar. He was wearing this mask. He threw me a cigarette (I never even spoke), then threw me out. He was spraying the bar for flies. He lit his cigarette straight afterwards, I thought he was gonna blow the place up! Then he came outside carrying a baby bird, passed me a whole bottle of wine (I still had not spoke) and started to feed it steak. Yep, I am back at Bar Elvis. Bless his cotton socks.

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Hope he is fine and comes back soon!

Davey
 

Devon Mike

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Finisterre & Muxia (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019), Primitivo & Ingles (2017)
I have been in Reliegos several times and the bar has always been open. 😁

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Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Bar Elvis was most Definitely open when I was in Religeos in April last year with The Camino Skies Documentary team. We all, at various times during the afternoon and the evening, popped our heads in to say hello and to satisfy our curiosity about this almost 'legendary bar'.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
I hope does come back he is a very special man

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Notice the cigarette. I walked into the bar. He was wearing this mask. He threw me a cigarette (I never even spoke), then threw me out. He was spraying the bar for flies. He lit his cigarette straight afterwards, I thought he was gonna blow the place up! Then he came outside carrying a baby bird, passed me a whole bottle of wine (I still had not spoke) and started to feed it steak. Yep, I am back at Bar Elvis. Bless his cotton socks.

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Hope he is fine and comes back soon!

Davey

It's El Ramon!!! :eek:
 

Redhead Keith

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francé: 2005: 2016
Inglés: 2017
Salvador: 2018: 2019
Primitivo: 2018: 2019
I thought I saw him working in a chip shop...

 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
Current status? Anybody know?
I can’t answer your question but I wonder whether the thread title isn’t misleading, and neither the bar nor “Elvis” are history yet. I’ve seen posts on Facebook where people were in the bar in May this year after the date of the original post in this thread, including photos of the legendary owner/barkeeper. His proper name is Eusignio, btw, not Emanuel, and it’s shortened to Sinín.

Should I admit that we didn’t even enter the famous bar but spent a pleasant stop in the place next door? Probably stupid of me but I often feel no desire to visit the places and people that have become Camino celebrities and I just wish I had not heard or read about them so often beforehand ... are there any other weirdos like me?
 
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Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)
And to shed some light on the meaning of descansar in this context. There are many articles about the world famous bar and its owner, and according to one interview in 2010: Desde 2004 sólo he cerrado una vez para descansar”, comenta con orgullo - "Since 2004 I've closed the bar only once in order to take time off/rest/etc.", he said proudly. That record is apparently now broken by at least one other descanso, no doubt well deserved. ☺
 

Thomas V

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 & 2017 FRANCES, 2018 Portuguese, 2019 Norte Irún to Santiago
In 2016 we had a break just before the Bar Elvis. We wished we had stopped there but continued on. In 2017 we watched “The Way” (again) before our second Camino and noticed a quick flash of the bar in the movie. We definitely stopped in this time on our way to Mulas. The owner was great, friendly and even had a video of “The Way” playing in the corner of the bar. I hope the owner is on a holiday and will reopen soon. Bar Elvis is great for a break on the Meseta!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sarria to Santiago March 18 , Camino Frances June 18 Camino Frances May 19
I can’t answer your question but I wonder whether the thread title isn’t misleading, and neither the bar nor “Elvis” are history yet. I’ve seen posts on Facebook where people were in the bar in May this year after the date of the original post in this thread, including photos of the legendary owner/barkeeper. His proper name is Eusignio, btw, not Emanuel, and it’s shortened to Sinín.

Should I admit that we didn’t even enter the famous bar but spent a pleasant stop in the place next door? Probably stupid of me but I often feel no desire to visit the places and people that have become Camino celebrities and I just wish I had not heard or read about them so often beforehand ... are there any other weirdos like me?
Current status? Anybody know?
I can’t answer your question but I wonder whether the thread title isn’t misleading, and neither the bar nor “Elvis” are history yet. I’ve seen posts on Facebook where people were in the bar in May this year after the date of the original post in this thread, including photos of the legendary owner/barkeeper. His proper name is Eusignio, btw, not Emanuel, and it’s shortened to Sinín.

Should I admit that we didn’t even enter the famous bar but spent a pleasant stop in the place next door? Probably stupid of me but I often feel no desire to visit the places and people that have become Camino celebrities and I just wish I had not heard or read about them so often beforehand ... are there any other weirdos like me?
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Calisteve

Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 16 CF
July 17 CF with my son
July 18 CP with my wife
July 19 Ingles Muxia & Finisterre
I hope does come back he is a very special man

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Notice the cigarette. I walked into the bar. He was wearing this mask. He threw me a cigarette (I never even spoke), then threw me out. He was spraying the bar for flies. He lit his cigarette straight afterwards, I thought he was gonna blow the place up! Then he came outside carrying a baby bird, passed me a whole bottle of wine (I still had not spoke) and started to feed it steak. Yep, I am back at Bar Elvis. Bless his cotton socks.

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Hope he is fine and comes back soon!

Davey
Had a similar experience when I passed through with my 14 year old son Max in 2017. He showed us the bird and Max still has the video he took. Max then decorated the outside wall as there wasn't a spare inch on the inside. Definitely one of a kind.
 

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Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago and beyond (own way - voie de Tours - camino francés - Biskaya - Manche)

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
Passed by midday Mon Sept 30, 2019. Found it closed yet again. (Sign said something like "Open at 5:45 PM.")
Oh dear, of dear. Perhaps he has just had enough for the time being and, like the rest of us, needs some time to himself during the day.
Entire Camino ruined! ;)

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MacMac

The Ghost Who Walks
Camino(s) past & future
Frances: 2016
Finisterre y Muxia: 2016
Frances: 2017
Portuguese: 2018
Ingles: 2018
Sounds like he sporadically decides when to open and when not.

I was there recently (May 24th, 2019) and it was open. The crazy barkeeper as usual was singing at the top of his voice.

Previously I was there on Oct 4th, 2016, and spent 3 hours in the bar. I was staying in the Albergue just down the road (Pedro‘s Albergue), so getting to bed wasn’t too far a crawl.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
It was open the night I was in Religeos, about 20th September 2019.

I found it disappointing. Allowing customers to scrawl sillly things on the walls in marker pens may be open-minded, but it doesn’t make for a coherent story or even one where you will feel comfortable. Some authors don’t think too hard before scrawling gibberish.

It’s not as good as the myth. In my opinion, that is...
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
It was open the night I was in Religeos, about 20th September 2019.

I found it disappointing. Allowing customers to scrawl sillly things on the walls in marker pens may be open-minded, but it doesn’t make for a coherent story or even one where you will feel comfortable. Some authors don’t think too hard before scrawling gibberish.

It’s not as good as the myth. In my opinion, that is...
stopped there once for drink and to use the bathroom.

felt like a needed a shower afterwards ;)
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
stopped there once for drink and to use the bathroom.

felt like a needed a shower afterwards ;)
To me it is the best bar on the Camino. And best bar on any Camino I have walked! I have had some great nights in there, especially after 10pm when the pilgrims are in bed and the locals come out!

But I am glad we are all different!

Davey
 

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