I’ve never been to Barcelona. My wife, though, has been there a couple of times and she swears by it. I will go there, someday, but in the meantime I have to settle for the local, scaled-down version – the Barcelona tapas bar. Since, as I’ve said, I have never been to the city itself, I can’t be certain. But the Rotterdam version of Barcelona is every bit as I imagine the original should be like.
It has a cozy bar, a mustached owner named José and it serves cold sangria and excellent tapas. This is probably the best place in town to watch Barca’s games. I wouldn’t know though – I am a Valencia fan myself and in El Clásico I’m on Real’s side. Please don’t snitch me out to the staff at “Barcelona” – they might just ban me from the place. And that I can’t have.