It always used to be this way and this very typical Spanish custom is still practiced in other parts of Spain except on the Costa because of tourism.
Thankfully the custom is back at the new Bodeguita Hierbabuena in Estepona.
This is where you will get a free tapa of your choice with every drink and enjoy a very typical Spanish ambiance. The jamon, manchego cheese, chorizos, and various
other free tapas with every drink at same prices as elsewhere make this little bar a highly recommendable.
It is in Calle Real 52, a pedestrian only street which makes it even more characteristic.