Xavi Montes is a tavern owner by trade, the type who's much nicer than he is funny. And Bar Casi, with a façade that hints at dive-bar status, is where he shows off all his natural charm. In a more deserted part of Gràcia, up a steep road, the Casi opened in 1978 (check out the original license framed in a corner with Montes's father smiling with pride). When you're strolling through a quiet part of a neighbourhood and you see a bar full of customers, they must have something pretty good to offer. You might not be wowed by the ambience, thinking the best thing you can say about the bar with its six tables is that it's clean enough. But what you'd be missing is its warmth and dynamic and positive vibe: Every day Montes serves up complete lunches as well as a generous and home-made set lunch menu for a tenner. His charisma won't cost you a cent. On your first day you're treated like a regular customer who's been having lunch here every day for decades.
|Venue name:||Bar Casi|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 7am-6pm; Sat, Sun closed|
|Transport:||Lesseps (M: L3)|