★★ : €€€€
C/Carme, 33
Metro Liceu L3 : Catalunya L1, L3
Tel. 93 412 3697
This Parisian-influenced bar and restaurant is like a Le Corbusier wet dream, assimilating all that is most austerely po-faced in modern-day bar design trends. Long, beige and very thin, Lupino carves a swathe between two streets, fronting out on the east to a narrow Ramblas contributory and on the west to a terraced area behind the Mercat de la Boqueria (the central Barcelona market). The d├ęcor betrays all the trappings of pretension most beloved by the style-bar sluts: Spartan, tunic-wearing waitresses with the demeanour of nurses administering an enema; an airport landing strip, back-lit wall design; cream leather pouffes; and retina-scorching-white table cloths stacked with pristine glassware. Step out onto the front terrace, however, and it's a different story. As the flat, filtered brew of Barcelonan air hits you you're suddenly back in the Med, with trailing ivy, dried flower arrangements and deckchairs. Maybe worth popping in for a decent cocktail, but in general though, the Lupino is past it's prime and to be honest is in dire need of a facelift and attitude adjustment.

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