We are all very sad to hear that our friend Julio, host of the bar El Brindi Negro, has passed away. He had not been well for a few months and was admitted to El Toyo hospital last weekend where he died on Monday. Julio and his partner, Miguel, opened El Brindi Negro in Las Negras in 2012. Here is a photo Digby took of him shortly after the bar opened.
This eclectic bar soon acquired a regular clientele drawn by Julio’s weird and punky decor and the music from his vast selection of CDs.
A little later Margaret painted this portrait in pastel of Julio and Miguel.
Meanwhile Miguel, in the kitchen, soon earned a reputation for his innovative tapas.
Julio always encouraged the arts. Here is one of his favourite photos which Digby took during poetry reading….
…. and here is Hiedra the belly dancer and her partner Danny performing in the bar earlier this year.
Margaret produced a lot of artwork for the bar including painting mannequins …
… and Mexican death masks.
Julio could never pay us cash for her work but we enjoyed free drinks and food in recompense including dinner on Valentine’s night this year.
El Brindi reopened this evening. Please give Miguel your support,