Bosc de les Fades

★★★ : €€€€
Pasaje de la Banca
Metro Drassanes L3
Website : Tel. 933 17 26 49
Bosc de les Fades (Forest of the Fairies) is to be found near the bottom of Las Ramblas, behind the Museu de Cera (Wax Museum). This is one of Barcelona's more unusual bars, to say the least and is quite clearly aimed at the tourist market. As an attempt to create a bar with a mystical, fairytale theme, it's a success - but whether it really works as a place you want to go to for a drink is a different question. I suspect some will love it, whilst others will find it's kitsch organically shaped tables, gnarled fake plastic trees and tree trunk ledges just a step too far. The bar is a dark, dimly lit place, where the windows have been replaced by weird, illusionary mirrors to perhaps represent the mist beyond the trees or vertical, stagnant, silvery pools of mystery. Lanterns hanging from the branches provide the internal light amongst the trees. Just when you think that it couldn't get any stranger, you'll spot another anteroom in the corner of the main bar area that is decked out in the style of an old colonial bar, with tables chairs and wooden cabinets. What's more, snacks are available via a vending machine, or you can go the more traditional route, and chose one of the cakes, peanuts or savouries on view underneath the glass counter at the bar. The ambience is further enhanced by the background noise of forestry sounds, distant storms, insects and wild animals. Ideal for fans of fairytale creatures, ghostly woods, or just about anybody else who fancies a drink in an unusual surrounding. No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to El Bosc de les Fades, but its eerie strangeness (and tourist prices) rather rule it out as a popular favourite for expats.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Karma, really it's a bit of a novelty bar but if your on holiday it's worth checking out as it's very unusual!

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