|Address||Viladomat 17; 08015 Barcelona
between Parlament and Parallel
|Neighbourhood||Sant Antoni – Parallel | See on map|
|Metro||Poble Sec [L3]|
|Telephone||+34 93 532 7199|
|Hours||Tues-Sun 19-02:30 (Fri-Sat until 03:00)|
While Sant Antoni has emerged as the undisputed foodie district in Barcelona, there’s been such a dearth of bars in the area that any decent watering hole is considered something of a find. As luck would have it, Bitter Cocktail Bar is much more than decent.
It’s not what you’d call happening – for something livelier, you’ll still need to head up to Gayxample or, say, Mary Boone – but it’s a wonderful, modern take on the old school coctelería. Classically trained, the barmen know their drinks here, yet there’s also craft beer and wines for those who can’t be bothered with the mixing, shaking and stirring business, and there’s nothing dusty or stuffy about either service or interiors.
If you haven’t been fed yet, there’s also a short menu of sandwiches, cheeses and other nibbles to keep your alcohol concentration in check. Take a seat in the intimate, lounge-y back if you brought your own company and already know what you like to drink. If you’re by yourself, then plant your behind by the bar in front and settle in for the kind of mixologist small talk that comes with these kind of places. Sweet, not bitter.