Fancy going back to the 1920s era of expressionism or jiving to the jukeboxes of the 1950s? Feeling the need to escape the busy city and be whisked away to fantasy forests or tropical islands? Look no further than the modern metropolis of Barcelona, and travel back in time or around the world with this list of enchanting themed bars and restaurants.
Restaurant, European, Spanish
Be seduced by magic carpets, Moroccan lanterns, camels and belly dancers that conjure the allure of Arabian nights in this themed restaurant. Drink Arabic tea, smoke a shisha or treat your palate to a tasty array of tagines and exotic dishes. It’s easy to feel spoilt for choice with their extensive range of dishes, which makes the set menus perfect for those diners who want to try a bit of everything. Though hidden away at the top end of El Born, the large camel in the doorway will help you spot it!
One of the most detailed and decorative bars in Barcelona, Kahala oozes tropical flavor and immediately heightens your Hawaiian hunger. Cocktails are fruity or fiery and often come in smoking volcanoes for sharing or in colorful glasses flaunting star fruits. Waiters are dressed in floral shirts, and tribal masks cover the walls to really make you feel like you’re in paradise. Here, the coconuts are calling you, so lose yourself in the Hawaiian tropics of Kahala Tiki bar.
One of the most truly mesmerizing themed bars in the city, El Bosc de les Fades translated as ‘The Forest of Fairies’ whisks you away into a fairytale fantasy. Sit amongst the trees and vines while sipping delicious cocktails or devouring delicate tapas dishes. The interior mimics a secret grotto filled with butterflies, lanterns and plants to evoke a mystical ambience. The bar really takes it to another level when you suddenly see the lights fade and thunder and lightning begin. Unique and charming, El Bosc de les Fades is certainly one not to miss!
One of two themed bars named after the northern English city, Manchester Bar boasts imagery and music originating from the area. Pictures of local artists and old buildings or views adorn the walls, while the music of infamous groups such as Joy Division, Oasis, and The Smiths flood the speakers. A wide variety of reasonably priced drinks are available, including shots named after songs such as The Stone Roses’ ‘Sally Cinnamon.’ Though dedicated to all things Mancunian, you certainly don’t have to be a Manc’ to enjoy this trendy, indie bar!
Named after the Californian rehab and detox center, Betty Ford’s bar is one of Barcelona’s most talked about bars. The cool brick interior and 1950s vibe eludes sophistication and class, attracting an array of people regularly. While known for a wide collection of original cocktails, Betty Ford’s frequently tops burger joint lists in Barcelona and provides vegetarian options in its range. The bar does not pay homage to the USA’s First Lady in detail, yet the atmosphere oozes cosmopolitan class to set the American theme.
This classic American diner located in the heart of the city exudes 1950s retro flair with an interior that transports you back in time. With scarlet red sofas, jukeboxes and burgers, the only thing missing from the authentic American restaurant are some rollerblades and views of Route 66 from the window. The diner’s quality of food has garnered the venue spots on the top burger restaurants in the city, and with its long opening hours, you’ll certainly feel like you’re living the American dream.
Home to one of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Ferran Adria, Tickets is an innovative restaurant that offers the most original and creative culinary skills in its spectacular tapas range, with exclusive dishes such as avocado and crab cannelloni and manchego air puffs. The running theme of entertainment transcends from its fantastic gastronomy to its décor, with a circus and theatre-inspired appearance. A ticket booth, red velvet rope, and large circus tent sets the lively atmosphere to make the experience entertaining and unique. Be sure to book a table far in advance (a few months), as the this place gets really booked up.
Unusual and thrilling, IceBarcelona is an overall body experience as you are provided with warm jackets upon entering the bar filled with ice. Set at minus five degrees Celsius, sculptures and ice blocks fill the interior as you shiver yourself through this ice palace. Lighting is specifically synchronized to the scene, with cool hues of purples, blues and greens that mimic those of the Northern Lights. The bar is conveniently located on the beach with a terrace facing the sea, making for a perfect cocktail-sipping spot. IceBarcelona provides a holistic and alternative way to drink the night away and escape the Mediterranean heat.
Step back in time and marvel at one of the most exciting and revolutionary decades in history with this 1920s-inspired bar. Think glitter, jazz, burlesque, cocktails and all things Fitzgerald, and you have Gatsby Barcelona, a restaurant-bar-club inspired by one of the most alluring fictional characters. The venue mimics the bedazzling and phenomenal parties thrown by the Great Gatsby where glamour is in the architecture, décor, food and, of course, people. Gatsby Barcelona is the new place to be seen, so be sure to bring your best dress and dancing shoes!
Leveraging competition for the best burger bar in Barcelona, Peggy Sue’s offers a different experience by providing a charismatic 1950s-themed venue with high quality food. The pink walls, neon lights, salon-style chairs and range of milkshakes encapsulates the vibe of the hit musical Grease. Sitting in the diner allows you to dream of the Pink Ladies hanging out by the bar or Danny and Sandy busting a move to ‘Summer Lovin’. Revel in American high school innocence whilst wolfing down delicious grub in this 50s and 60s-themed diner!