Pastrami Bar is pretty much what it sounds like, a sandwich place where you can get a mean pastrami, the likes of which you won't find anywhere else in Barcelona. But it also hides El Paradiso cocktail bar behind a secret fridge door. As for the Pastrami part, this is the first time that the Rooftop Smokehouse – a gastronomic collective headed up by English chef Buster Turner, who uses artisan smoking techniques in oak barrels – has had a place you can go without searching for their food truck as it pops up from time to time around town. What Pastrami Bar offers isn't much, but it's excellent, in that you're getting the only artisan pastrami in town, and you can also try the smoked cheese sandwich, and the grilled smoked cheese with caramelized shallots.
On Thursdays they hang a whole grilled pig and sell it bite by bite. Turner is a chef of principles: you'll find no colas or wine, just craft beer that Turner makes every week. And bonus: they're open until 3am. If you open the wooden fridge door, which takes up half a wall and gives itself away a bit thanks to its hinges, you'll be transported into El Paradiso – a speakeasy that's not just any cocktail bar. This is an elegant cave lined with wooden slats where Giacomo Gianotti was awarded best cocktail mixologist in Spain in 2014. But don't worry, their aim is to create signature cocktails at affordable prices, not to cater to the jet set.
You'll find outrageous items like a re-distilled whiskey, where they separate the old part of the whiskey that has a woody taste and use it to make a tea sorbet. You drink it, and as it melts with the alcohol, the whiskey ages! And 80 percent of their imaginative and potent house creations cost a lot less than at a highbrow cocktail bar.
|Venue name:||Pastrami Bar / El Paradiso|
Rere Palau, 4
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 7pm-1.15am; Fri, Sat 7pm-2.15am; Sun 7pm-1.15am|
|Transport:||Barceloneta, Jaume I (M: L4)|