An ambitious project, Beer'linale occupies two floors, which have been converted into dining rooms, and a stately bar overlooks the entrance and serves as the focal point of a space made with new materials, noble wood and old exposed brick. You're welcomed by 30 craft beer taps and a blackboard with all the detailed varieties. The servers are attentive, quick and know how to give advice if you're overwhelmed by choice.
Surely, purists will find gaps in the beer catalogue, but for most of us neophytes, the 30 taps and the more than 180 bottled varieties will be more than enough. Beer'linale is committed to European brews – Danish, Italian, Belgian – as well as to local beer, and boasts an arsenal of tapas and dishes that are absolutely essential to avoid crawling out of the place like a slug.
The house patatas bravas, dipped in a mountain of spicy sauce and garlic mayonnaise, make for the perfect stomach lining. You'll get other classic, popular recipes that are far superior to the aeroplane food served to tourists in other places. Some may say that Beer'linale is itself a place for tourists. Well, if all the places for tourists had this kind of quality and service Barcelona's Old Town would look very different indeed.