“El Bar” is only somewhat accurately described by its generic sounding title. Yes, they do serve traditional tapas made with fine products. However, the presentation is far from traditional, often venturing into the territory of vanguard cuisine.
Running the business is Sergi Giménez, a known sommelier. The wine list alone has managed to pack in over 90 dynamic options, ranging from Spanish local varieties to unique wineries all over Europe. On the menu, you can find Cantabrian anchovies, potato salad, patatas bravas, gilda olives stuffed with anchovies and green peppers, home-pickled rock mussels, tortilla with butifarra sausage, marinated salmon with ginger and soy sauce, scallops with pralines, macadamia nuts and panceta, or the tomato tartar with dried cod. Before dessert you cannot skip their selection of European cheeses, including a Comté aged 18 months or the Suau Clua Montsec goat cheese followed by the ganache chocolate and hazelnut cream.
“El bar” is not just a bar in the average sense of the word; the attention to detail, comfort and service turn it into a whole lot more.
Calàbria, 118. 08015 Barcelona. T. 93 426 03 82 @elbarbcn
Hours: From 10 am until the last customer leaves. Kitchen open from 13 to
16 and 20 to 23:30 h. Friday and Saturday until 3AM.
Average price: 25 €.
Tapas from € 3.
Beers and aperitif € 2.10.
Glass of wine glass and appetizer for 3.50 €.
Wines from € 3.10
Text: Alba Yañez
Photos: Cecilia Diaz Betz
Translation: Brett Piron