For those who yearn for days gone by, the best we can come up with is to reclaim old bars before they're taken over by more modern spaces. However, sometimes we stubborn grumps find ourselves in places like Collage, little treasures that force us to put up with the angry rants of a pungent drunk and accept the healing powers of a humble cocktail.
What makes this place different is that it's nothing like the traditional definition of a bar. It's more of a kind of artistic/alcoholic oasis where art and cocktails come together in a seductive dance: a celebration of creativity at the service of the liver.
At Collage, the experimental cocktails are pure artistic imagination. The house concoctions – while they also serve the classics – are the products of the creative impulses of bartenders who definitely know what they’re doing. Some of their more memorable experiments include the cazador de mosquitos, with Tanqueray, shaken with citronella, lychee and blackberry cream, or the spring perfume, with strawberry, Smirnoff, basil, lemon juice and berries.
The décor features an antique tiled bar at the entrance, and the crown jewel is the top-floor lounge with vintage furnishings, a 19th-century piano and leather sofas, an attractive space decorated exquisitely and tastefully where small art exhibitions are often held. Everyone knows that hipsters drink, and at Collage they know that, contrary to popular belief, hipsters are human after all and they eat, too. So if you’re up for a snack, try the competitively priced tapas.