La Rioja is internationally known for its wines and the capital city Logroño, is known among other things for a street which is full of bars and all of them with high quality “pinchos”; What can we say of the mushrooms in Soriano, the coated pork ears of Perchas, the guts of Muro, the Spanish omelet in Sebas, the Patatas bravas of Jubera and I could go on and on…
This street is called Laurel Street, also known as the elephant’s path because people who go there leave very drunk and in Spanish the elephant’s trunk also means “drunk” therefore the name.
But yesterday in Facebook I read a curious explanation with respect to the origin of its name:
“The name of Laurel Street comes from the times when there was not a single bar (late 19th century). If you passed by and saw branches of bay hanging from the balconies it meant that “the Lady” who lived in that house “was free”. “Due to so many walkers the first bar was opened The White and Black that continues today as a reference for its anchovy and green pepper bites “.
I don´t know if whether this is true or not, but why not?
If anyone knows something about it, talk now or silence forever. For me this “urban legend” is very nice and romantic.
Also, the most important thing in this street is not the name but the quality of its pinchos and bars, every time I go I’m amazed of how it´s changed in the last 15 years; when they used to serve horrible wines in faded glasses and simple pinchos. Nowadays the glasses are crystal clear, a wide selection of wines is served and elaborated pinchos that are good as the ones in the area of San Sebastian.
To all those who have not been there, I recommend it and more now that you know its story.