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Boadas Cocktails

Barcelona's oldest cocktail bar

The bar

Miguel Boadas, born in Cuba of Catalan parents, became a celebrated bartender at the famous La Floridita bar in Havana, which was owned by his cousin, Narcís Sala Parera. In the 1920s he returned to Barcelona, fell in love, and in 1933 opened Boadas, in a little triangular corner just off the Rambla des Canaletes. It quickly became popular with Miró and Barcelona's intellectual elite. One of about a hundred known bars in Europe patronized by Hemingway, who used to pop in for a daiquiri on the rocks.

When Miguel died, his daughter María Dolores took over and became one of the top cocktail concocters in the city. It has survived all the city's ups and downs, practically unchanged; the walls are covered with photos and memorabilia, and the flamboyant bartenders, still dressed in tuxedos, still make delicious cocktails.

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Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Image by Boadas