Thursday, September 10, 2009
Milk Bar, Barcelona
Fortunately these good and upstanding Irish Spaniards have gone creative and avoided any cliches that would reference the dread IIB. Sofas, groovy wall hangings, small flowers, big breakfasts, coffee. The ambience is the thing since it's primarily a night spot (beers, cocktails, food), not actually a brunch venue. It's very soothing even though it's a bit calculated and international-boho-chic.
Beer taps for evening. The staff seemed to think I was odd for taking a picture of this. At the time, I thought it was perhaps a normal tap and it was one of those situations where the locals were surprised by tourists taking pictures and tittering over the most mundane details ("Look dear, plastic sushi!"), but now I just don't get it. This tap is awesome any way you look at it. Unfortunately it doesn't feature the name of major brewer Estrella's main product, which is called Damm, but I'm sure we'll get a picture of that in later. The cocktail lounge ambience at night must be quite good if the taps are this cool and the wallpaper is that vintage.
Yes, I took pictures in the bathroom. I took a lot of pictures on this trip - I got Europe approximately never, and things like El Bulli are likely to be once-in-a-lifetime.
This wall-of-comics was too funny to miss. Perhaps it's a Spanish tradition to laquer the walls of toilets with comics.
But perhaps not. In any case, Yay! Spider-Man! YAAY!!
Should you be wondering, they did indeed serve breakfasts bigger than your head (picture not actual size; the quantity of potatoes was somewhat daunting in real life). I managed to snap off a quick shot of one (mine). This was fresh, tasty, eggy, potato-ey, contained mass quantities of genuinely spicy chorizo nuggets, and was more than sufficient to warrant a recommendation to visit should you be in need of weekend Gotic brunch in Barcelona. Strangely, I was hungry two hours later...
Ah, there you are then. The owners designed the place to look like a "millionaire's drawing room". That explains it then.
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At left, a gratuitous placement shot from the Barri Gotic. There's a lot of graffiti on the doors.