This rickety bar, which still retains its marble tables and bohemian atmosphere that once attracted such personalities as Ernest Hemingway who was a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, is one of the busiest bars in the Raval Quarter.
Its hundreds years of history makes this bar unique, since it was founded in 1820 by French immigrants. Absinthe, the drink known as the “green devil“, that with its
aniseed flavor drove more than one crazy, is the typical drink of this bar.
There is a sign on the inside which is worth seeing up close. It says: “Forbidden to sit” and “Forbidden to sing“. In the repression during the Franco era, groups of 3 people or more were not allowed as thy were considered meetings and as such could be political and againt the tyrany. This bar was known for being frequented not only by bohemians but also by artists and intellectuals that opposed the Franco regime.
Do not miss spending a few hours here, and of course, you can not go without trying the famous Absinthe. Along with the Casa Almirall Bar, the London Bar, the Kentucky and the Pastís Bar (unluckely close at this moment) are the oldest bars in Barcelona.