The Rock

★★★ : €€€
Plaça del Fossar de les Moreres, 5
Metro Jaume I / Barceloneta L4
Tel. +34 61 943 2737
Surprisingly large chilled out bar, with a cool downstairs lower level space with seating. Upstairs is mostly for standing or propping up the bar. This place seems to attract the ex-pat and local crowd in equal amounts, with the odd smattering of tourists who are prepared to cross the plaça to enter into it's relaxed atmosphere. The decor is sort of rustic with wood - a bit difficult to describe really, because to be honest it's rather bland, if not offensive. Some would call the sound system subtle, others underpowered. Given the bar's Ibiza roots the tunes were surprisingly from the more muzak end of the dance house scene. On the other hand this makes The Rock one of those bars where you can actually hear what your friends are saying - you need to decide if that's a good thing or not. If not, you can always hit the good caipirinhas to take away the pain. The bar definitely has a "younger, hip crowd" feel to it, but that didn't make this 30 something geezer feel uncomfortable ;-) That said, the Rock only manages to make you want to stay for one cocktail before heading back out into the night in search of somewhere with a touch more character. Still, this place is an excellent pitstop for a drink, as part of a El Born based bar hopping crawl.

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