WHERE THE MODERNIST ARTISTS WERE SEEKING INSPIRATION – THE MOST BOHEMIAN PART OF BARCELONA
Barcelona is characterized by its special and unique urban landscape and from Hotel Denit, we want to show you four places that bohemian artists used to go in search of inspiration every time they visited Barcelona and like that, fall in love even more with this city.
At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Barcelona welcomed a new artistic movement, Modernism, its particular version of Art Nouveau. Its architecture sought to create unique spaces, with floral ornaments, wrought iron decoration, stained glass, ceramics and a great inspiration in the nature forms.
But the route Hotel Denit propose is not only to see this particular architecture, but also visit the oldest bars and taverns in the city that were born because the Modernism. Some of the clients who frequented these bars were Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí or Antoni Gaudí.
Thanks to our location in the center of the city, it will be very easy to get to these modernist bars.
BAR MARSELLA - THE OLDEST BAR IN BARCELONA
Located in the heart of El Raval, El Marsella, with almost 200 years, is considered the oldest bar in Barcelona. It opened its doors in the year 1820 and from the beginning it had the possibility of becoming a mandatory stop for the artists of the moment.
Upon entering, it will be as if you had traveled in time, since the decoration has not changed. The place is full of old bottles covering the walls and accumulating dust, walls and ceiling with chipped paint and posters of the time such as "Do not stand on the tables" or "Prohibited to sing" placed during the Franco regime to avoid clandestine meetings.
His clientele made him famous internationally, or at least, three of his most common clients: Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The three were searching for the same thing: absinthe. This drink became very popular in the Paris of the 19th century among artists, as they said that it helped inspire. To this day, it is still the star drink of this bar, although it no longer "inspires" so much. They will serve you in a very special way with a lump of sugar, a bottle of cold water and a fork. That's how the tortured people of modernism took it, and that's how it's taken now.
How to get there from Hotel Denit: It is only 15 minutes walking, crossing La Rambla, in Carrer de Sant Pau, 65.
ELS QUATRE GATS - BARCELONA'S CHAT NOIR
Pere Romeu, animator and waiter of Le Chat Noir in Paris, returned to Barcelona and created Els Quatre Gats, a restaurant inspired by this Parisian cabaret.
It was inaugurated in 1897 and attracted the attention of visitors and locals for being unusual, becoming a legendary place. Those who visited it not only expected good food, but they were going to entertain themselves with the gatherings that the owner presided over, the Chinese shadow shows and puppets or even the artist exhibitions that took place there. A 17-year-old Picasso made his first exhibition on the walls of this place. But he was not the only artist to frequent Els Quatre Gats, also illustrious as Ruben Dario, Rusiñol, Gaudí and Enric Granados, among others.
In 1903, the debts were too many accumulated and, to the surprise of the locals, Romeu had to close the brewery. The place went through many changes until the end of the 70s, three businessmen from the gastronomy branch decided to reopen their doors. Even now, personalities from all areas and famous people still visit the local.
How to get there from Hotel Denit: This bar restaurant is located two streets from Denit, in Carrer de Montsió, 3; just 4 minutes walking.
SET PORTES - THE LUXURIOUS SEVEN DOOR CAFÉ
Set Portes was inaugurated in 1836 and specializes in Catalan cuisine, especially fish and rice dishes. Was created by Josep Xifré, a business man that design a building in Passeig d’Isabel recreating the arcades of the main squares in Paris. In this new building, he housed his home, offices and a luxury café. Its name comes from the journalist who wrote the day of its inauguration; That day, the place still did not have a sign, so the journalist decided to name it Café de les Set Portes, because of the numerous doors that it had.
Later on, it got famous for being the local inventor of Parellada Paella, a paella dish in which the ingredients of the rice are peeled so eating it is easier.
At the beginning of the 20th century it became one of the most important restaurants in the city: Restaurant de les 7 Portes. And in the 50s, many artists and intellectuals used to frequent the premises.
How to get there from Hotel Denit: It is located in the neighborhood of La Barceloneta, in Passeig d'Isabel II, 14; 15 minutes from Hotel Denit, walking through the Gothic quarter until you reach the port.
LONDOR BAR - THE BOHEMIAN CIRCUS TAVERN
London Bar opened its doors in 1910 at Nou de la Rambla in El Raval. It is an emblematic bohemian venue, with modernist decoration that persists. It easily became a meeting place for artists such as Dalí, Picasso, Miró or the circuses of Circus Raluy, relatives of the current owner, Carlos Raluy.
At this time you can have a drink in a place that transports you to the 20s. In it you can find both locals and visitors as one of their best claims is that you can enjoy live music, since concerts are held every night, such as rock, blues or jazz.
How to get there from the Hotel Denit: It is in the El Raval neighborhood, on Calle Nou de la Rambla, 34; walking on Las Ramblas, about 15 minutes from Hotel Denit.