Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar, opened in 1933, is just a few steps off the Ramblas, a hundred metres or so down from the Canaletes fountain.
It’s a good central spot to meet up with friends after work before going on to another bar and then dinner.
It’s a classic art deco bar with bartenders in tuxedos who will mix you a cocktail with style. There’s no menu of drinks – but the bartenders are well-practised at serving over 60 different cocktails. If you’re undecided just ask for the cocktail of the day.
Take a look at the sketches, drawings, photos and letters on the walls while you’re here. You’ll see drawings by Miró and a photo of Kevin Costner among portraits of locally known luminaries. It’s a popular haunt for media types, politicians and private eyes. I’ve often seen locally prominent politicians in here arguing a point of policy, or just gossiping, with senior journalists.
If you visit in the evening you’ll likely hear a familiar voice from Catalan radio above the lively, loud chatter.
A good spot for meeting up with friends before a night on the town.
Please be aware that Boadas is not a chiringuito (beach bar) – so dress appropriately – they are none too keen on flip-flops, and if you turn up looking like you’ve just walked in off the beach they may politely ask you to leave.