Can Codina has been around for years – it is one of the oldest bars in Gràcia. For years it was a usefully situated, if somewhat run-of-the-mill place – only good for an occasional coffee or beer during a shopping expedition.
But then, four years ago, something extraordinary happened – the old Can Codina became Nou Codina – a place to go day and night which offers a good selection of craft beers as well as Moritz on tap, and a wonderful menu of delicious and freshly prepared bites.
The antique interior, now brighter and cleaner, is essentially the same as ever but with the addition of a creative lighting scheme, a few shelves and chalkboards.
The croquetes here are fantastic – up there with the very best in the city. You’ll have a choice of hake and prawn, meat, and mushroom – all only € 1 each, or sípia (cuttlefish) for € 1.40 each. Their botifarra morcilla (black pudding/blood sausage) (€ 2.60) is incredibly flavoursome and melts in the mouth. The patates bravas, served with skins on and with a wonderful sauce, are among the best you’ll likely try in Barcelona. And they’ll serve you a glass of Moritz’s malty Epidor for only €2.40. They have a good spread of bottled craft beers and excellent wines and house vermut. They offer a good lunchtime menú del día for €10.50.
All in all it’s a great spot for a beer, a snack and a chinwag with friends and family. Currently one of my favourite spots. The quality of service can be erratic.