Entering the establishment however we were in for a real treat. We sat in a fabulous courtyard appointed with beautiful Andalusian tile work, whose focal point was a small 'stage' set up for flamenco. It was awesome in its simplicity and would mirror the marvelous tapas to come.
In Spain, dinner is usually served between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. (sometimes as late as 12 midnight), leaving significant time between work and dinner. Therefore, Spaniards often go "bar-hopping" and eat tapas in the time between finishing work and having dinner. Since lunch is usually served between 1 p.m and 3 p.m, another common time for tapas is weekend days around noon as a means of socializing before lunch at home. It is very common for a bar or a small local restaurant to have 8 to 12 different kinds of tapas in warming trays with glass partitions covering the food.