You don't go to Old Fashioned to look around; you go there to drink. Sure the small space is cosy and tastefully decorated, but where they really shine is at the bar. Luca and Bruno, Italian and Portuguese, respectively, dressed impeccably in waistcoat and tie, have international experience, and not only do they recognise the art in making a good cocktail, but they're not afraid to experiment – all adding up to their being two of the best bartenders in the city.
The Tiramisu Martini, an extravagant whim, is surprisingly pleasant. It's like drinking the Italian cake in liquid form. Luca says their Bloody Mary brings in the masses, and that they have clients who show up at noon to get one in. For research's sake, I try one, and I have to say it's prepared so well, accompanied by lemon and pepper pearls, that it has to be among the best in Barcelona.
Their updated Old Fashioned, which they call the Fashionista, is a delight of bourbon with a giant ball of ice and a special mix using the house brand with nuts roasted in situ with a blowtorch. Luca doesn't stop there, and he prepares a Bowery – Jägermeister, tequila and cinnamon, infused Chartreuse and rosemary, and set aflame right under my nose. I try it, I levitate a few seconds and I realise that I've just discovered a bar where they're going to get sick of seeing my face.
|Venue name:||Old Fashioned|
Santa Teresa, 5
|Opening hours:||Mon 5pm-2am; Tue-Thu noon-2am; Fri noon-3am; Sat 4pm-3am; Sun 5pm-2am|
|Transport:||Diagonal (M: L3)|