Route a la Carte: Bohemian Route in the Raval Disctrict

Let´s discover the center of nightlife of Barcelona´s past: artists, writers and thinkers of the new age… here where they lived the bohemian lifestyle to its extend… in its theaters, cabarets, bars and brothels. To finish off we enjoy our “regular´s table of bohemia” at the best place possible: at the iconic bar “Marsella” from 1820, which is opening its doors exclusively for us. There we revive the “Absinth Ritual” with all its details and all the equipment…

Our route starts at the heart of bohemian Barcelona of the past and today, the Plaça Real. We enter Ocaña bar, situated in one of the oldest restaurants of Barcelona dating back to XIX: ‘El Suizo’ where we find out who this excentric personality was back at Franco´s epoque.

We benefit going down Escudellers street by admiring one of the few restaurants of the modernist epoque that still exist: ‘El Grill room’, and the just recently restored Teatro principal, the most long-serving of Barcelona (XVI cent.). There we discover how the evolution of theaters took over to cabarets and music halls.

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Through the theater´s arc we enter the main lane of the “chinese quarter”. This is known as the bohemia´s most notorious area. The place where the luxurious brothel of madame Petit was to be found, the pawnbooker´s shops, the taverns, etc. Plus we reveal how and when this concept of the “Chinese quarter” was created that made a splash during the years between the wars.

We season those moments with anecdotes and splendid images of the past of “Eden”: divas, artists such as Picasso and personalities of the night, in the unique and still existing pub “London Bar”. And we discover a roman jewel that used to be a bucolic monastery of Benedictine of a truly “bohemian” parish: the gipsies.


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