Milk Bar & Bistro

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Milk Bar & Bistro Milk Bar & Bistro in Barcelona's Barrí Gòtic is an elegant spot with vintage décor, festive cocktails, & a hearty Irish menu. Check it out on Party Earth Barcelona. Barcelona Spain 41.381268 2.180207
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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

  • Metro:

    4: Jaume 1, Barceloneta; 3: Liceu‎

  • Phone:

    93 268 09 22

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 10am–4pm, 6:30pm–2am, F–Sa 10am–4pm, 6:30pm–3am
    Kitchen closes daily around 11:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Milk Bar & Bistro Review

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Milk Bar & Bistro in Barcelona's Barrí Gòtic is an elegant spot with vintage décor, festive cocktails, & a hearty Irish menu. Check it out on Party Earth 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.

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Tip from Emma:

Be sure to check out the bathroom, which is entirely plastered in comics. Gives you an excuse to sit awhile!

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient playlist heavy on the jazz, Brazilian funk, soul, British indie, and chill dance music. Free English- and Spanish-language newspapers usually on hand.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: everything from mismatched clothes randomly thrown over beachwear to fancier club attire on the pregame crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Milk Bar & Bistro User Reviews

Average rating:
Great Brunch Place
Samantha M. Feb 5, 2013
Milk is the perfect place for good brunch. It is difficult to find quality breakfast/brunch places in Barcelona, especially if you're looking to start your morning (or afternoon in many cases) with something other than a ham and cheese baguette. Milk has American breakfast items--pancakes, eggs, etc--as well as burgers and lunch food. They have a "Hangover Menu" until 4pm, which my friends and I took advantage of more often than not. (We did sleep late enough sometimes that we'd have to rush to make it by 4, but it was definitely worth it). It is a very small place though, so it's possible that you might have to wait awkwardly by the door until people are finished. I never ate dinner at Milk, but I heard it was also delicious.
The land of Milk and Honey.
Ernst B. Nov 15, 2012
The food here is amazing! I had an egg, bacon and cheddar toastie that was out of this world. And I even got some change back after I gave the very pretty waitress lady a tenner – score! They have a great selection of cocktails and the coffee is good too (to sober you up after a very exotic version of a long island ice tea). This is a good place to have a sexy date, a casual business meeting or just a hearty meal by yourself. Make sure to check out the bathrooms that are covered in old comics. All in all a great place to visit!
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