Marsella

The infamous and ancient absinthe bar in Raval

Absinthe at Bar Marsella, by Karina for TKGO

Marsella was a favorite of Picasso and Hemingway, and upon stepping into the bar in Raval it looks as though it hasn’t changed a bit (down to yellowing walls) since those days. It’s one large room, with cobwebbed shelves filled with old alcohol bottles and a prominent bar extending across most of one wall. The bar had years to develop character, and you’ll see all types of people at the tables. Marsella is farther into Raval that many tourists end up wandering at night, so it stays relatively low-key and avoids becoming touristy. The bar had years to develop character, and you’ll see all types of people at the tables. Marsella is farther into Raval that many tourists end up wandering at night, so it stays relatively low-key and avoids becoming touristy. For many of my friends abroad, this was their favorite haunt.

Absinthe comes with a sugar cube on a spoon you light on fire and melt into the drink by squeezing a thin, high-pressure stream of water out of a water bottle (the bartenders pierce the bottle for you).

Karina for TKGO City Guides

C/ Sant Pau 65. +34 93 442 72 63.

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