Party Earth Review Combining Irish hospitality and a little Spanish charm, Milk Bar & Bistro is an elegant spot with vintage décor, festive cocktails, and a hearty menu sure to please anyone tired of tapas. Run by an Irish couple who made... ... read full review
4: Jaume 1, Barceloneta; 3: Liceu
93 268 09 22
M–Th, Su 10am–4pm, 6:30pm–2am, F–Sa 10am–4pm, 6:30pm–3am
Kitchen closes daily around 11:30pm
Barri Gòtic, Barcelona –
Combining Irish hospitality and a little Spanish charm, Milk Bar & Bistro is an elegant spot with vintage décor, festive cocktails, and a hearty menu sure to please anyone tired of tapas.
Run by an Irish couple who made their way to Barcelona via San Francisco, the classy and cozy space is filled with Victorian-style sofas, intimate low wooden tables, and large front windows that allow light to flood across the detailed handcrafted wallpaper.
True to the owners’ heritage, there’s lots of Magners and Guinness behind the tiny red-lacquered bar, but the variety of unique cocktails mostly eschew nationalism, from the brandy-packed Sangria to the passion fruit martinis and sinus-clearing champagne cocktails.
Upscale takes on Irish and U.S. staples bring in a diverse crowd, with everyone from beach-bound students and expats to savvy tourists and classy locals piling in for fish & chips and classic burgers, while the daily Recovery Brunch serves up everything from smoothies to pancakes until 4pm.
Although the daytime scene is always busy, especially on weekends, evenings can be just as festive, with international groups of friends and couples cozying in for a pregame cocktail or just chilling through the night beneath the pulsing beats of jazz and Brazilian funk.
Owners say they designed Milk Bar & Bistro to resemble a millionaire’s drawing room, but luckily they picked a millionaire who welcomes just about everyone into his home.
Diverse crowd of artsy students, expats, savvy tourists, couples, classy locals, and bronzed beachgoers venturing back from nearby La Barceloneta, early 20s to early 30s.
Ambient playlist heavy on the jazz, Brazilian funk, soul, British indie, and chill dance music. Free English- and Spanish-language newspapers usually on hand.
Full menu of American/Irish cuisine, including fish & chips, curry, Guinness stew, and hamburgers, as well as a daily brunch that includes smoothies, eggs Benedict, pancakes, and omelets.
Brunch €7–€10+, appetizers €4.25–€8.25, salads €9, entrées €8–€11. Beer €2–€3, wine €3.50/glass or €11–€17/bottle, cocktails €5–€6.50, cava €4.
Casual to trendy: everything from mismatched clothes randomly thrown over beachwear to fancier club attire on the pregame crowd.
Early in the week for the long-running brunch, which usually sees a line out the door by noon, or Friday and Saturday nights for a funky, elegant place to either prime the night or spend it.
Dusk (Carrer de Mercè 23) is a sexy lounge and restaurant that offers everything from traditional tapas to international cuisine, as well as a solid selection of cocktails that attracts a similar hip clientele.