Looking to try something a bit different? In one of Europe’s cosmopolitan epicentres, there is plenty of innovation to go round. From flouncing around in a fairyland to rocking out on the sticky floors of a Mancunian haven, here we check out five of Barcelona’s most unusual dining and drinking experiences, we’re sure they won’t disappoint.
1. Dans le Noir?
Considered to be one of the top 10 most original restaurants in the world, dining at Dans le Noir? certainly won’t be another ordinary evening meal. At this artfully unorthodox establishment you will be enjoying a first-class meal in complete darkness. Yes, absolutely pitch black. Dans le Noir? have come up with the perfect way for people to invigorate their senses and enjoy good quality food and drink they may never have tried before without fear of judgement. Describing themselves as a sensory, social and human experience Dans le Noir? hopes to provide its customers with a new feeling of appreciation for a sense that we so often take for granted.
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Feeling frosty? At this refreshingly cool bar, you needn’t worry about running out of ice. Strangely situated along the boiling hot sands of Barceloneta Beach, Icebarcelona welcomes its customers to enjoy delicious cocktails in the icy chamber that maintains a year round temperature of between -5 and -10 degrees celsius. Provided with a coat and gloves on arrival, guests can marvel in the below freezing surroundings and take in some of the magnificent ice sculptures that have been beautifully hand-crafted.
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3. El Bosc de les Fades
Translating to the Forest of the Fairies, El Bosc de les Fades is Barcelona’s magical secret. This high concept bar has been intricately decorated and everywhere you turn you see something new. Mystically inviting, the main area of the bar is filled with vines and branches, and don’t forget the huge tree trunks bursting through, creating a real forest-like feeling. As you travel through the bar, things take an even trippier turn. Other areas throughout the bar don’t seem to mimic that of the main room, with a traditional pub ‘snug’ adorned with origami beetles covering the windows and a medieval style rocking bed for seating. Then onto the another area in this other-worldy realm which is embellished with plush Victorian upholstery. It’s pretty easy to lose track in this mind-bending establishment, but certainly a trip worth taking.
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4. Manchester Bar
Tucked away in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a bar dedicated to all things Mancunian. Transport yourself to one of the UK’s biggest cities of music for the night and enjoy sounds from the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and many more. Boasting a wide variety of reasonably priced beverages, the Manchester Bar is one of Barcelona’s coolest indie hang outs.
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5. Betty Ford’s
Named after one of Hollywood’s most famous detox and rehabilitation centre’s, Barcelona’s Betty Ford’s bar has all the 50s vibes one could desire. Attracting an array of people on a daily basis, this quirky little haunt really sets the American theme. Offering some of the best burgers in the city as well as a refreshingly wide range of vegetarian options, Betty Ford’s has built itself an almost cult-like following from both tourists and locals.
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