In the spring of ’05, an Irish couple arrived from San Francisco, California to bring us “Milk Bar & Bistro”. Milk offers us a modern and elegant option for the ever livelier nights of Barcelona’s old town. The bar is done like a millionaires drawing room with plush sofas, flirtatious pillows, gilded lacy red picture frames, antique chandeliers and incredible wallpaper designed by 50’s designer Florence Broadhurst. The patterns are evocative of the 20’s. Milk has large windows, sparkling blue walls and earth-toned floors. The space has a laidback style and in a city with so many hot bars you have to do something special to stand out. Milk has certainly achieved this.
The head Chef has created a distinctive menu which features exquisitively prepared and approachable food, served in an upscale setting. Our bistro food combines is made using locally selected produce purchased daily from the famous Boqueria market on the Ramblas. The menu changes seasonally. Popular dishes such as the mouth-watering “Mama´s Mambo Burger” topped with a mushroom and brandy cream sauce, served with potato wedges, “The Ultimate Caesar Salad” which has our homemade dressing, chapata croutons, smoked bacon, parmesan cheese and topped with a warm poached egg and of course the ever popular “Sophie Lorraine”, ensure that the food marches proudly out of the kitchen like a fine brass band.
Milk has extensive cocktail list with drinks staring at 5 euros. The staff creates fabulous original concoctions with great flavours and names such as the “Dead Elvis” and the “Porn Star Martini” which is made with vodka, passion fruit liquor and passion fruit served with a shot of champagne. Ease yourself into one of the cushy dark brown sofas and order up the “La Leche Martini” made with a jolt of Spanish coffee to keep you going through the night. Milk has an incredible Brunch that is served everyday from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Fabulous “Bloody Mary’s”, the healthy “Very Berry Banana smoothie” and of course dishes ranging from the “morning glory”, “salmon eggs benedict” to the “mexican omelette” are sure to satisfy the hungriest of appetites. Expect to hear classic crooners singing in the background as you leaf through the complimentary foreign and local newspapers. It is a great start to anybody’s morning. Dinner is served every evening from 7.00 pm to 12.00 am. Be sure to book.
Sister bar to the legendary “Marmalade Restaurant Bar”, Milk is sensational because it is still such a secret. Tucked down a narrow alley in the Barri Gotic (Old Quarter) it is fun to seek out. Its heathy atmosphere is in keeping with the spaces chequered past. It was once a famous absinthe bar with tarot cards being read, where the less desirable of Barcelona’s nights would once gather.
Milk has a warm, professional and cosmopolitan wait staff. Catalans and foreigners are waited upon attentively at the tables and even when the house is full there is always someone in attendance, since service in the philosophy underlying this bar and restaurant. The clientele pick up momentum as night descends. The crimson lighting and soothing colour tones makes everyone look hot so be sure to arrive early if you want a seat in this intimate space. The staff has also a great knowledge of Barcelona and its hidden treasures, so be sure to ask what is on offer. It is truly a great meeting place to start an unforgettable vacation in a city that is second to none.
Brazilian music, funk, soul, jazz and many more sounds can be enjoyed on any given night and you can be sure that you will be less than a step away from intoxication by ordering their most requested cocktails. The classic and glamorous surroundings are for all to enjoy and happy hunting.
Milk Bar & Bistro, Gignas 21, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
(34) 932680922 www.milkbarcelona.com