Do you ride a bike everywhere, even to get loo roll at the corner shop? When your partner says 'It's me or the bike', do you go with the bike? Can you get through an entire stage of the Tour de France without acquiring a severe snoring-induced apnea? If you've answered yes to two or more of these questions, pedal as fast as possible to El Ciclista – you'll know you've found the bar of your dreams the second you touch the door handlebars.
Yes, you read right: handlebars. This Gràcia spot is itself a massive exhibition of reused cycling materials. Wheels have been turned into tables, handlebars are doorknobs, spokes provide a place to put your drink, there's a traffic signal over the DJ booth, collector's bikes hang on the walls as if they were Picassos ... But that's not all: notice the posh recycled furniture in the form of Chester sofas that are jewels of homemade industrial design (the door-table and the stools are delicious) that give a nod to the most original that Gràcia has to offer.
As for what's in it for your liver, they pour an excellent glass of Moritz Epidor and have a cocktail menu as well, with a list of gin and tonic creations with names that carry the theme through, such as Anti Doping and Fixed Sprocket, that'll help you climb the hill of Saturday night as if you were Laurent Fignon in the '80s. Just remember: if you drink, don't ride.
|Venue name:||El Ciclista|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 6pm-2am; Fri, Sat 6pm-3am; Sun 7.30pm-2am|
|Transport:||Fontana (M: L3)|