Friday, 19 April 2013

Is There A Bar Around Here?


This post is about giving information about facilities in the vicinity, and more specifically about the availability of a bar nearby.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. The other person is looking for a place to have a drink. He/ she doesn't know the locality, but believes that you do and says to you something like: "is there a bar around here?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Hay un bar por aquí?

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there are any bars in the vicinity. A yes/no answer may be strictly sufficient. However, with little effort, your answer could be a lot more informative

Here are some examples of how you could reply:

  • Sí, hay un bar cerca de aquí (yes, there is a bar near here)
  • Sí, hay un bar bastante cerca (yes, there is a bar quite near)
  • Sí, hay un bar muy cerca (yes, there is a bar very near)
  • Sí, hay un bar a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a bar around the corner)
  • Sí, hay un bar al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a bar on the other side of the street/ road)
  • Sí, hay varios bares bastante cerca (yes, there are several bars quite near)
  • No, por aquí no hay ningún bar (no, there aren't any bars around here)
  • No, por aquí no hay bares (no, there are no bars around here)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Hay un bar por aquí?

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