I’ve always found that each bar in Barcelona seems to have a theme. Even if it’s just a thrown-together basic collection of decorations that serve to differentiate the bar from others, it seems each bar has something specific going on. Mariatchi is an exception to that idea, but somehow, at the same time it’s a bar with such an intensely strong identity. For me, this place doesn’t have any specific visual theme, but rather it has a certain special atmosphere; one which most accurately reflects my experience and definition of the city of Barcelona – bohemian, alternative, relaxed (and quite small once you actually get inside).
A place that always seems busy, although I don’t know if that’s actually true or just a result of the size, but a great place to go and soak in the atmosphere, chat with friends old, new, and as-of-yet undiscovered, and induce the hangover that you’re working on for the following day. A great help to this is the homemade vermouth on offer, definitely worth a try!
Right in the centre of the Gothic Quarter there are so many bars to choose from, but if you want a definitive of experience of Barcelona nightlife, for me Mariatchi is perfect.