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Bar Pastis – Absinthe tripping in Barcelona

Plunder your way through the night-time forest of prostitutes and pickpockets deep in the Raval and you may be lucky enough to venture upon one of Barcelona’s refreshingly authentic absinthe bars.

With any luck Hemingway will pick you up in his Daimler. Certainly after a few solid rounds of nectar in Bar Pastis, he may as well have done.

Alternatively, consider waiting for the chime of midnight on the steps of the Catedral de Barcelona, and with any luck Hemingway will pick you up in his Daimler. Certainly after a few solid rounds of nectar in Bar Pastis, he may as well have done.

The gruff owner has staunch devotion to the marvelous Edit Piaf. So as you sit there and take in the dusty surrealist décor and let her emotive voice trickle into your lobes time will suddenly stop. This is good. This means that you’re slowly entering the Pastis trance.

Prepare to explore Barcelona by night and follow in the echoing footsteps of the centuries of hapless night owls in search of escapism. When you leave the bar, you will find yourself in the 1930’s. Do not be alarmed. Enjoy the subtly glowing lamplights and let the cobbled streets take you on a journey into the belly of the beast.

Fridays and Saturdays are prime time for this popular watering hole, but it’s a wonderful way to kick off your nighttime adventures and may just lead to something exciting.

SBT says dine on: Come prepared.
SBT says wine on: Dream Juice.

Come here if: The world has always seemed a little serious for you
Don’t come here if: You have responsibilities to people other than yourself
When? Open every day, 1930 – 0200, later at weekends Where? Carrer Santa Mónica 4, 08001 Barcelona

Website: www.barpastis.com Phone: 933 18 79 80 


 


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