Coral Gables’ Spanish gastro bar Bulla lives up to its noisy name – in the best way possible. The two-story restaurant has multiple rooms for dining, but its big daily draw is a lively happy hour, weekdays 5 to 7 pm. Last month, Bulla celebrated its five-year anniversary with a packed house.
Upstairs, local Cuban-American soul singer Sol Ruiz belted Latin hits from the rooftop – literally. Bulla’s Costa Rican chef, Diego Solano, concocted his Iberian cuisine with a New World twist, serving ham croquetas with fig jelly, codfish fritters with tartar, and a beet, almond, and goat cheese salad with kale. And to whisk away the after-work doldrums: generous glasses of the house red and white sangrias.