Spain has more bars and restaurants per capita than any other country in the world. Photo: Gianni Cumbo
Ask Spaniards abroad what they miss most about home and you're likely to get three answers: the weather, mum's cooking and "la marcha" – Spain's exciting social life.
Bar culture is an essential part of Spanish people's day-to-day routine, with more bars and restaurants per capita than any other country in the world.
It's where families and friends meet to eat, drink and chat to their hearts' content.
As Mark McKinnon, author of Spanish-English slang dictionary Word Up, says: "If you are a GUIRI (foreigner) and you want to be cool, then you should get to know the bar culture."
So this week in The Local we're giving you Mark McKinnon's essential guide to his favourite Spanish slang.