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“great place for salad!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Paraigua

El Paraigua
Pas de l'Ensenyanca 2, Barcelona, Spain (Barrio Gotico (Barri Gotic))
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Ranked #372 of 1,109 things to do in Barcelona
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Owner description: El Paraigua is not only a jewel in the midst of the modernism route of Barcelona, nor is it only a regular cocktail lounge. Neither is it only an ideal location for concerts with the most perfect acoustic sounds reflected off the stone arches of the wine cellars, that was once the home to one of the oldest convents in the Barrio Gotico, nor is it only an intimate place with a display of local art exhibitions, an ideal location to hold conferences and events located in the heart of Barcelona. El Paraigua is all of this and much more. An exceptional property, directly behind plaza St.Jaume, open to all those who enjoy a good cocktail, try an extensive choice of tapas and a wide variety of national wines, allowing yourself to become lost within the music in a bar full of charm, character and endless history. El Paraigua no es solo una pequena joya integrada dentro de la ruta del modernismo ni tampoco una de las coctelerias miticas de la ciudad de Barcelona. No es solo una sala de conciertos con acustica perfecta ubicada en las bodegas de un antiguo convento del barrio gotico, ni tampoco un espacio intimo para acoger exposiciones temporales de arte, conferencias y tertulias. Ni tan siquiera es solo el sitio ideal, ubicado en el corazon de la ciudad, para poder celebrar fiestas privadas o eventos de empresa...El Paraigua es todo esto y mucho mas. Un espacio polivalente, justo detras de la plaza St.Jaume, abierto a todos aquellos que les guste disfrutar de los cocteles, degustar buenas tapas y excelentes vinos y dejarse llevar por la buena musica con la mejor compania en un local lleno de encanto y repleto de historia.
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“great place for salad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

okay, I'm clearly reviewing this place differently than the others. We (my husband and I) did not go here for cocktails or nightlife so I have no opinion on that. We did, however, come here for a light bite. After being in Barcelona for a few days I realized we were not going to get much to eat in terms of fresh greens, when I happened upon this restaurant/bar. Salads! My husband and I chose different salads and they were both great, as was the service! We made a point to come back the next day for the same salads. I don't remember the prices but they must not have been to high or I would have remembered that!

Visited September 2014
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“Great place to enjoy the evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We found this place on TripAdvisor and didn't regret. The cocktails we tried were so good, so unusual. Yes, they are a bit expensive - €9, but it's worth to try. Plus there was a group of young guys playing music, singing - a very enjoyable evening.

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“Not great”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Creepy waiter. Visited as a group of two girls. Took over 30min for cocktails too arrive and when they did they were horrible. Also the waiter was very creepy, calling us 'baby' and trying to make us stay when we were leaving.

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place for a cocktail or three”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stumbled across this bar on a Sunday evening. We were immediately made to feel welcome and shown down into the amazing cellar bar. The guy behind the bar was superb and the service was the best we had received in Barcelona which had already raised the bar considerably higher than many other cities we have visited.
The drinks were superb with probably the best Mojito ever, although I will still keep looking to find one ben better while enjoying the challenge. When the bill arrived it was very reasonable as well. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Best cocktails in Barcelona”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Stopped by this place around 6pm on a Sunday (so it was relatively quiet) and wandered downstairs in search of a nice cocktail. Wow, the mixologist here is amazing, close to the best cocktail i've ever had. Great decor downstairs, I imagine it has a great vibe and ambience when there is live music. A must-go if you are in Barcelona and enjoy exquisite cocktails.

Visited October 2013
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