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Marlowe Bar

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  • Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

With its immune system pulverized by unwieldy tourism, the Born tries as it might to resist the slap in the face of gentrification. On C/Rec, the neighbourhood landmark that was the cocktail bar Gimlet, which operated there for some 40 years, has been rejuvenated to make a stand in favour of another way of drinking. Theirs is a philosophy foreign to the prefab bars set up only for tourists in the area. Adrià Sánchez, Pedro Falces, Lorenzo Miglietta and Marc Pinotti are the romantics who have done a light remodelling on the cocktail bar: they've kept the wonderful bar itself, applied sober and elegant colours and kept in mind when it came to the decor the character that gives its name to the place – Detective Philip Marlowe, created by the writer Raymond Chandler.

Miglietta and Pinotti show us a menu that seems to have travelled in time. And the cocktails are from another galaxy. They make a gimlet just like Marlowe drank, of course, but there are also signature varieties that are delicate, imaginative, perfectly balanced and served in a chilled martini glass. The Sol y Sombra, with basil, bergamot orange, pisco and Italicus, is pure art. But the most curious is La Mirada de Marlowe: you tell the bartender about yourself and he makes you a drink that suits your personality. Much better than going to a therapist and the perfect excuse to spend more time in the Born.

Written by
Òscar Broc


Rec, 24
Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera
Barceloneta, Jaume I (M: L4)
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 6pm-2.30am; Fri, Sat 6pm-3am; Sun 6pm-2.30am
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