BENIDORM Brits have shared their delight at being back in Tiki Beach Bar after UK tourists were finally allowed to return to the holiday hotspot.
The famous Costa Blanca watering hole – now re-named Aloha Beach Bar – reopened back in May after the area’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted.
But it was only recently that Brit tourists have started to return to the city after the UK announced an “air bridge” with Spain – meaning travellers do not have to quarantine on arrival in either country.
The plan came into force just over three weeks ago.
And thirsty holidaymakers have wasted no time flocking back to the popular daytime drinking spot.
Giddy punters took to social media to share their joy at being back, with several posting jubilant videos and photos of themselves singing, laughing and knocking back drinks.
One person sharing a group photo in the bar wrote: “Us oldies gave it a chance a few weeks ago… really enjoyed it!”
Jealous commenters chimed in to reveal their envy, with one writing “wish we was there right now”, another saying “love this place” and a third posting “miss it, so jealous”.
Others said they would soon be flying to Benidorm themselves and “can’t wait” to stop by for a drink, with one even claiming they would “head straight there from the plane”.
Tiki is said to have taken over a bar next door so holidaymakers can enjoy their booze whilst maintaining a sensible distance.
And some visitors hailed the “fantastic safety measures” to keep punters safe from Covid-19.
One person shared a photo writing: “First time I’ve really given ‘Tiki Beach’ a chance. Nice steady flow of customers.
“Fantastic safety features on arrival including temperature checks and spraying your shoes.
“Lovely weather. Cold 2 euro pint. Bliss.”
Others said they actually prefer the bar now as there are no lairy stag and hen parties, with one person commenting: “Not a mankini in sight!”
In September 2018, judges ordered the closure of the “controversial” pub, devastating thousands of holidaymakers and fun-loving locals.
The hugely-popular bar was ordered to shut its doors “for good” following years of complaints from bleary-eyed neighbours.
It was a massive favourite with Brits for daytime as well as evening boozing until the courts called time on the bar.
But in March last year it reopened without an official name, with former England and Spurs ace Paul Gascoigne seen partying with boozers there in July
And it is now understood to have changed its name to Aloha Beach Bar -although many regulars still know it as Tiki.