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A Night at Paradiso: Barcelona's Hidden Gem

Updated: 5 days ago




Barcelona, a city known for its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and mouth-watering cuisine, has another feather in its cap: Paradiso, a cocktail bar that's been making waves in the global cocktail scene.


Tucked away behind a sandwich shop in the El Born district, this speakeasy has been ranked as the World's Best Bar in 2022.


But what makes Paradiso so unique? Let's dive in.



The Paradiso Ambiance




As you step through the hidden entrance, you're transported into a Dali-esque world of curved wooden interiors and dim lighting.


The atmosphere is almost otherworldly, a place where "the unimaginable is real," as their website puts it.


It's a sensory experience that feels like a unique blend of a classic speakeasy and a modern art installation.



The Paradiso Cocktails


Paradiso offers a wide range of imaginative cocktails that are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the palate.


Here are some of their signature drinks:


  • Kriptonita: A mix of Mare gin, Príncipe de los Apóstoles gin, shiso, lemongrass, Sichuan pepper, riboflavin, electric liqueur, grapefruit cordial, chocolate bitters, and kefir lime essential oil. The drink is electric and bittersweet.



  • Evolution Negroni: This tropical, spicy, and woody drink combines Maker’s Mark Bourbon, mango, vanilla, Campari, Mancino Rosso, Chai Tea, and Disaronno.





  • The Cloud: A smoked, refreshing, and penetrating blend of Casamigos mezcal, hibiscus, Montenegro amaro, Mancino secco vermouth, birch syrup, Perrier, and a coffee cloud.




  • Cronos: A unique blend of Patron Silver Tequila, mushrooms, spicy corn, sea buckthorn, aloe vera, and cocoa. The result is a soily, sweet, and cocoa-infused drink.



  • Mediterranean Treasure: A complex mix of Ketel One vodka, fine sherry macerated with oyster leaves, lemon, agave honey, cilantro, and egg white. This cocktail is smoked and spiced, capturing the essence of the Mediterranean. (My personal favourite)



Awards and Recognition


Paradiso isn't just a local favourite; it's a global sensation.


The bar has received numerous awards, including:


  • World's Best Bar 2022

  • World's 50 Best Bars 2021 (Ranked 3rd)

  • World's 50 Best Bars 2020 (Ranked 19th)

  • Best Cocktail Menu of Spain by Fibar Valladolid 2021

  • Mejor Cocktail Bar de España by World Class 2019















More Than Just a Bar


Paradiso also offers mixology classes where you can learn the art of cocktail-making from their expert bartenders.


They provide 360-degree consultancy services in the creation of new projects, team training, and concept development for other establishments.



Conclusion


Paradiso is more than just a bar; it's an experience. Paradiso offers a night out in Barcelona that you won't easily forget, from its hidden entrance and surreal interiors to its award-winning cocktails.


So, the next time you find yourself in this Catalan city, make sure to visit this hidden gem.


You won't regret it!


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With Great Love,

Lea - Club 28 x

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