Kahiki Bar Barcelona
avid tiki bar aficionados (see "Tiki T" in "Los Angeles" and "Forbidden Island" in "San Francisco"), your "Set of Drifters" like to visit as many
Polynesian-themed venues as humanly possible. Our good friend Shakira,
who has lived most of her life in Barcelona, brought us to one of her
favorite old haunts whilst we were visiting her in the summer of 2010. "Kahiki
Bar Polinesian" has been in business since 1977, and from the looks of
it, has not changed much since its inception. The restaurant, and its
entirety of great vintage tiki furnishings, are kept in very good condition. We are especially fond of the the sign out front and the groovy entryway indoors.
While Kahiki serves some powerful tropical drinks in a variety of cool tiki mugs, the spot apparently also functions as a Thai/ Indonesian restaurant that is favored by the youth of Barcelona. How's the food? We don't know. We would be lying if we said we had eaten anything beyond the cocktail peanuts. As far as we could see, or hear, the only drawback to Kahiki was the absence of Polynesian music! Bad American rock & roll pop radio from the 1980's somewhat ruined the atmosphere.Set of Drifters tip: You'll need to climb up a ladder to get to level two! Check it out Sunday - Thursday from 6:30 PM to 3:00 AM and Friday and Saturday from 6:30 PM - 4:30 AM!
Kahiki - Gran Via de les Corts Catallanes, 581, Barcelona, 011 (34) 932 318 83
Located near our hotel in the Barri Gòtic, this little bar immediately caught our attention after a walk back from La Barceloneta (see "sights"), - and not just because the bartender was blaring Madonna's 2006 Confessions Tour DVD! You see, the sight of a large OpArt Pantone patterns in any window will
instantly set us off!
The groovy retro theme continues inside, augmented by walls adorned with vinyl LPs, appealing considering we both consider ourselves vinyl purist DJs... (but that is indeed another story.) The
LP Bar features cheap beers and great cocktails in a chilled out,
We liked the fact that it was hipster-ish, and yet not over run with groovers. That being said, we had arrived at LP fairly early in the evening (10:00 PM) as far as Barcelona nightlife goes! Check it out for a few grooves, a few swigs, and then find some other bewitching spot to snap your next Instagram photo in!!LP Bar - Carrer Simó Oller, 3, 08002 Barcelona, 011 (34) 932 688 839
We had been traipsing through the L'Eixample for at least an hour trying to find the perfect venue in which to shake our booties, and yet at 11:30 PM, it was much too early (by Barcelona's standards) for such antics. Mother Nature was calling (and would not stop at simply leaving a message) so it was time to duck into any watering hole we could find. Luckily, our friend Shakira knew of a cool spot just around the corner, and thus we entered Switch, the current darling of the in-the-know DJ scene. Shakira's friend had designed the wallpaper inside, and oddly, it looked rather familiar to us! "Set of Drifter" Brady has a whole series of paintings (http://www.vivabrady.com/4436/181184.html) which feature the same squiggly black lines!
Since the bar did not have a dancefloor, it was time for us to move on after simply one drink, and yet, that artwork in the bathroom was pretty darn cool! Switch is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 PM to 3:30 AM.
Switch - Carrer Francisco Giner, 24, Gracia, 08012 Barcelona,
Another bar that we enjoyed while in BCN was called Minusa. It was recommended to us by our friend Shakira, our very own Barcelona native tour guide while in town! The night we were in attendance was a special tribute to the music and films of the 1920's and 1930's. The vintage music provided by DJ Tedi KGB was really quite fun and the small dancefloor soon got packed with revelers. Playing on a screen were some rather anti-PC films from the era. One was called "Black Bottom," and featured some harrowing images we won't soon forget. That, and the incessant smoking aside, this bar was enjoyable not only for its clever interior design and relaxed crowd of unpretentious hipsters, but also its incredible strong, yet attractive, drinks!
in enormous bowl-like glasses with big globular pieces of ice, our Piña
Coladas were incredible, with big juicy pieces of pineapple sticking
out from the rim! Delicious drinks. Delicious crowd. Delicious night!
Minusa is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00 PM to 2:30 AM and Friday through Sunday from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM. Shakira adds, "on Sundays, there's usually lindy-hop dancers practicing!" Check the local weekly Barcelona papers for current events as Minusa takes on many different forms throughout the week, and for different crowds!
Minusa - Carrer Valencia, 166, 08004 Barcelona, 011 (34) 933 235 138
We also recommended:
Dacksy Barcelona (Almodóvar-style drag) - Consell de Cent, 247 , 08011 Barcelona, 011 (34) 934 51 29 25, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dacksy-Cocktail-bar-Official-Page/102759556467218
Lust/ Le Rouge Club (disco sans clothes) - Carrer de Casanova, 75, 08011 Barcelona, 011 (34) 934 51 41 19, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Rouge-Club/256451758226
41° Experience (artisan cocktails and more!) - Avinguda Paral-lel, 164, Barcelona, 011 (34) 932 92 42 53, http://www.41grados.es/