Despite its prime location on the top of the legendary La Rambla, it's actually surprisingly easy to walk past Boadas without noticing those distinctive red doors - which at least saves it from being jam-packed with shorts-and-sandals style tourists. In fact this unassuming cocktail lounge has been in operation since 1933 and as such is the oldest cocktail bar in Spain. It was opened by the eponymous Miguel Boadas, who first learned the fine art of mixology at the world-renowned La Floridita bar in Havana (in those days Cuba had the same party status as Ibiza does today!). And whilst the Barcelona Life team are relatively recent patrons it's hard to believe that much has changed since the 30s... barstaff shake and stir classic concoctions like Liberals, Old Fashioneds, Bloody Marys, Tom Collins and Gimlets behind the counter in tuxedoes and bow ties and the whole joint oozes old world panache. So don't embarrass yourself by ordering a Mojito. For more louche lounges check our guide to drinking in BCN.
Located in the Centre of Barcelona, this cocktail bar transports visitors to a place and a time already forgotten. A place where the important thing is the client and Max dedicates itself to the taste and to surprise and offer a unique experience. While the top-bartenders there wearing bow tie and smiles, dedicated to find out what flavors they will delight visitors. Place loaded with history and good atmosphere. A must-see for lovers of the slowdrink, and so-called or for those who visit Barcelona
reviewed by Alexin from United States on Oct.06.2014
Cult place. Not as young and lively as some other coctelerias but good place to stop off for a gimlet
reviewed by J-Dawg from United States on Sep.19.2013