Olímpic Bar

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El Raval

The Olímpic Bar is a vortex swirling in bohemians, hipsters, local freaks, groups of drunken college students who want to watch football, lovebirds with empty pockets... This dinosaur, recently revived by happy archaeologists, retains its earlier charm, but is it's back with a spirit-lift so extreme that it has become a delicious living contrast: an old-man bar that young people are going mental for.

With an other-worldly display of 1970s tiles and the kitschest of chromed wooden furniture, this formerly stale Raval classic, has managed to update itself with a recycled modernity and a clearly-hipster-influenced personalty that is really working for it.

Try to relax in their armchairs near the entrance, where you'll have a privileged view of the traffic – and the trafficking – of C/Joaquín Costa. Without a closed door, the bar is completely open to this Raval showcase.

Inside, the cyan-blue-walled bar stretches along a metallic bar that boasts a deli showcase filled with all kinds of fruit (they make some lip-smacking juices). You can spend killing time with appetizers, tapas, salads and snacks at friendly neighbourhood prices, and washing it down with a mojito, or sipping a €1.20 Moritz. Toni has created a very attractive and atypical menu, with more than 60 tasty options for when the hunger bites.

The already famous house patatas bravas are stellar. Aside from some good ham to start off, you can savour some tartares with superb Arenys de Mar gambas. The slow-cooked boned kid is a phenom, and we can't finish without mentioning the cannelloni with mushrooms and foie gras, the octopus and the seafood cocktail.

Venue name: Olímpic Bar
Contact:
Address: Joaquín Costa, 25
Barcelona

Opening hours: Sun-Thu 12pm-1am; Fri, Sat until 2am.
Transport: Paral·lel (M: L2,L3)
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