By Nancy Todd
Soft lighting. Good drinks. Music. Sofas for snuggling close. The Spain Scoop recommends two bars that offer cozy places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Barcelona as ideal choices in which to whisper sweet words to your love. Regina and I love going to these bars with our friends. For very cool books on Spain for a Valentine’s Day Gift, check out ‘Books We Love!’ Let us know how you are spending Valentine’s Day.
1. Casa L’Almirall - Walking through the front door made of swooping bands of wood becomes your intro to this Art Nouveau bar.
This style of architecture is called Modernista in Spanish. Dating from the late 1800′s, original swirling floral hand carved woodwork adorns L’Almirall. Leather sofas, a marble bar, painted garlands on the walls, and softly lit wall sconces provide a romantic background to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A bronze muse from the Univerasal Exhibition of Barcelona, 1888, sits on the bar to greet customers. No food. Open till three. More Valentine’s Day tips……
Where: Joachim Costa, 33
Metro: Purple Line, Universitad Plaza or San Antoni.
2. Les Gens Que l’Aime – The name means: friends that I love. This is an intimate bar in which to spend time with your date. To enter, step down stairs into a lower level that is not a basement but feels more like an oasis from the noisy streets of Barcelona. The central location is in the Art Nouveau neighborhood, L’Exaimple. Les Gens sells good martinis. Red velvet love seats with fringed hanging lights, stained glass, quiet murmuring voices. No food. It is pleasant to stroll in the area to take in the beautiful architecture of this barrio.
Address: Valencia, 286
Metro: Passeig de Gracia, Green Line.
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