Party Earth Review Not for those who value cosmetic beauty, Electric Bar falls decidedly on the shabby side of shabby chic. A bit of color and history comes in the form of some antique cabinets and a few abstract oil pieces, but these are... ... read full review
Travessera de Gràcia, 233
93 210 63 55
M–Th, Su 7pm–2am, F–Sa 7pm–3am
Gràcia, Barcelona –
Not for those who value cosmetic beauty, Electric Bar falls decidedly on the shabby side of shabby chic.
A bit of color and history comes in the form of some antique cabinets and a few abstract oil pieces, but these are largely obscured by the neglected tiles, half-finished paint jobs, and scattered cardboard boxes that constitute the décor – even the cocktail menu is scrawled in black pen on a scrappy piece of paper rather than chalked onto a board.
But to pick apart the décor is to miss the point of this much-loved Gràcia bar, where the Brazilian owner prefers soulful old junk to shiny bells and whistles.
Electric is all about creating a friendly, unpretentious vibe, and in this it is successful – which is why people from all walks of life stop by on a nightly basis for a beer or one of the seven different types of caipirinhas.
Artists, artisans, students, and office workers usually fill the place from midnight to closing to share some conversation over a few drinks.
More than just a bar however, Electric is also a live music venue whose back room – little more than a square black box with mirrors and a stage – is one of the best places to catch diverse musical acts or even the odd poetry jam or theater performance.
Mix of Gràcia locals, live music lovers, expats, and students, 20 to 40.
Live music, poetry, theater, and storytelling in the back, starting at 10 or 11pm on the weekends. Good mix of bar tunes in the front room.
Beer €2.50+, cocktails €6.
Friday nights are particularly popular – Darlly Maia has a regular slot then and plays down-tempo Brazilian vibes. Keep an eye out around town for the monthly events programs.