Note: if you’re closer to Via Laietana, check out Rosa del Raval’s sister for more of the same!
Every time I go to this spot it surprises me with something more. As soon as you walk in the first thing that hits you is the design. Full of colours and weird items such as flip-flops and dolls on the walls, you get a real sense of a unique spot when you arrive.
However, the most important things come first. You can get some fantastic mojitos there for just €3.90, margaritas too. This was what brought me to Rosa Negra for the first time originally (even used to be €3.50!) and now makes me pay return visits to Rosa del Raval on the other side of town. They’re always busy by night, really vibrant and energetic places to start everything off.
But the drinks aren’t all there is to it. When I finally got in at a time when it was easier to get a seat, I was pleasantly surprised by the food; to date there’s still no dish I’ve tried here that I haven’t loved. Then, what’s more, come in the afternoon during the week and you can be treated like royalty – the concept of ‘menú del día’ is a well-known one in Spain, but I find it often just applies to small local bars which offer quite standard food. Here at Rosa del Raval between 13:00 and 16:30 on weekdays you can get an excellent three-course meal and a drink for just €9.90.