The Sant Antoni neighbourhood was crying out for a cocktail bar like Bitter (all apologies to XIX Bar). When you cross the threshold, something might cross your mind like 'I praise the new and fall in love with the old'. Because Nacho, one of the three owners, has a background in places like Milano, Caribbean and Negroni, that old-school cocktail bar spirit that he also wanted in Bitter, but also showing off how much he loves the modern.
This is not a place where you'll find molecular cocktails but those made with natural herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil and lavendar are favourites) in delicate and sensual concoctions that might be a few steps from the classics but are still well rooted in them and have a deep respect for them. You'll also find cocktails made with mezcal – a clear sign that Bitter is on trend – as well as a drinks menu that says, 'Hey, how's it going? Would you like to see the menu or would you prefer to chat about what you like?' You see, Nacho's also one of those old-school waiters whose value is more in what they don't say than what they do, the kind who just has to look at you to know, before you even know yourself, exactly what you want.
All that in a space that mixes the sobriety of old cocktail bars with the warmth of an interior with Nordic touches – very right now. White shirt, but no bowtie. Serious but not rigid. Jazz, but not always. Gourmet sandwiches but no peanuts. And with loads of spirit.
|Venue name:||Bitter Cocktail Bar|
|Opening hours:||Mon closed; Tue-Thu 7pm-2.30am; Fri, Sat 7pm-3am; Sun 7pm-2.30am|
|Transport:||Sant Antoni (M: L1, L2)|