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Between the snobby velvet cocktail bars of the past and the apex of kitsch that sees potions overflowing with smoke, glitter and impossible colours, there's ample room to maneuver. Coming down from a G&T high over the last few years, Barcelona is bearing witness to innovative cocktails as they come back at the forefront of drinks menus, and the most ambitious bartenders in the city compete to invent festivals for the senses that combine alcohol and creativity without excesses. We choose five of these spectacular drinks and toast with affection the return of the cocktail.