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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
If you follow us on Facebook, you will see that we quite like our Sundays. They consist of lazing around with a book in bed, going for brunch in one of many fabulous places in the city and long strolls in the winter sun. But if you really want to make the most of your weekend you can do so at Zero Club, which had their inauguration just last week.
Elephanta is also the ideal place to stop for a cup of tea or infusion with a wide selection, from herbs, flowers and fruits, citrus, spice, nutmeg, amongst other flavors, which are accompanied with delicious homemade cakes. By day expect good music and by night they hold exhibitions and their project of short films and documentaries. It isn’t that innocent, as the bar is more famously known for serving more than 40 types of gin from around the world.
We aren’t going to pretend, this unpretentious bar is situated in the unearthed Raval. Be prepared to bat an eyelid or two as it is rather underground and surrounded by more than just the locals. The bar is like a relic in itself, established in 1947 and doesn’t seem like much has changed as the decor exudes the prior years – mixed vintage photos, dolls, red curtains.
Sor Rita is a colorful and incredibly tacky bar that makes kitsch look meek and shy. Honestly, if you are easily offended this place might not be the one for you. The bar itself displays elements of an altar juxtaposed with a stripper’s dressing room – think leopard and zebra prints strung across the wall and religious icons along with Hollywood stars. The bar takes inspiration from films such as Dark Habits and All About My Mother, with founders Cecilia and José going full wham!
Barcelona’s Beefeater In-Edit Festival of music documentaries celebrates its 10th edition and runs from today until 4th November. With 26 select films focusing on a variety of genres we say now is the time to take advantage and go to the festival if you haven’t been before. The life of pre-Civil War Catalan soprano Conxita Badia Millàs, life with The Beastie Boys and the world of techno are just some of the subjects to be featured.
When we heard that a new “straight-friendly” bar was opening in Gayxample by none other than the super duo behind the successful cafe Federal and candy store Papabubble, we had to check it out. Specifically targeted as an after-work bar, we were keen to see what all the fuss was about, particularly after it’s busy inauguration. Upon entry, you know you are entering a different world with the creative retro sports theme used throughout the space – with the ping pong rackets decorating the walls and skipping ropes draped opposite the bar.
Perfectly located on Paseo de Gracia by La Pedrera and Casa Batllo this rooftop bar hosts views of some of Barcelona’s main sights, including the lights of Montjuic. The pool is exclusive to guests staying at the hotel, however, the bar is open to Barcelona from 7.30pm till midnight. It makes the deal haunt or drinks, snacks or caviar.
Burlesque performance – the naughty elder-sister of cabaret and theatrical sub-genre of erotic dance, born in Hollywood’s über glamorous Golden age – has exploded in popularity over the last several years and is now one of the hottest tickets in town.
After all is said and done, the smoking ban could have been detrimental to the overall health of jazz clubs – once defined as dark dens of iniquity where music laid heavy in the air as billowing plumes of smoke whipped around the musicians, audience wheezing and coughing ‘til dawn. continue reading