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Free Sangria Every Day at La Bota's Cool Docks Spot

By Jul 19, 2016 Nightlife


When we heard Spanish tapas bar La Bota at the Cool Docks, next to The Waterhouse hotel, was giving out unlimited FREE Sangria from 5-8pm every day of the week, we were like, "Haaa yeah right. That's crazy. There's no way."

So we sent our best drinker of free drinks (me) to investigate. Here's what was discovered.



The restaurant was mostly empty when I arrived on a Tuesday afternoon. The staff escorted me to a table and handed me a menu that I did not look at. I ordered the free Sangria. They politely asked if I wanted any food with that. I said no. They brought me the Sangria. The end.

I know what you're thinking. It was some junk liquid made with fake alcohol powder and tap water, or just the tap water. Or at best, it's that low level crap you find at a shoddy ladies' night in some terrible club.

Nope. Not at all, my dear Shanghai-trained cynics. This was a real drink made with red wine, fresh fruit, sprite, and rum (which you'll notice when you get to the end of your drink and really, really notice after your third glass).

Despite the fact that there was no judgement from the staff -- no "hey you should order something else you lousy, cheap bastard" -- I made it through my second round before giving into the shame and ordering something off the menu. Your results will vary, depending on the thickness of your skin.

The deal supposedly lasts through the summer, but you might want to call ahead to confirm when you go because this is the type of promotion that might get out of hand and be shut down immediately. They also have a nice patio area in front of the restaurant. Drink up.



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  • 4 years ago J Bishop

    wow, great deal. LA BOTA always has legit food/drinks.. definitely going to have to check this out.

  • 4 years ago PeterPeterPEater Unverified User

    FALSE ADVERTISING! They now require the purchase of food, no matter how big your party is. Of course they haven't changed their advertising, you only find out after you travel all the way over, order a round, and THEN they tell you that the deal has been changed.

  • 4 years ago J Bishop

    @Peter that's not true. The rule is that if your party is over 5 people then you must spend at least 50rmb on food or something else in order to enjoy 3 hours of free sangria, which I think is reasonable. If your party is under 5 people, then have at it at no minimum expenditure!

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