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Dr Stravinsky, Barcelona Review

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‘An Alchemist’s Idea of Heaven’

 

Dr Stravinsky is a speakeasy bar tucked away down one of the labyrinthine alleyways of the El Born district in the Old Town of Barcelona.

Run by co-owner and bar manager Antonio Naranjo it has only been open for 18 months but has already earned a reputation as a world-class cocktail bar. 

More botanical gin bar than a traditional cocktail bar Dr Stravinsky is well placed in the cultural El Born. There are bars, restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, flamenco and street entertainers aplenty to keep you occupied 24/7.

 

Havana Pedigree

Born in Havana, Antonio has Cuban pedigree. His great-grandfather worked in Old Havana as a ‘cantinero’.

Antonio has worked his way up the ranks of bartending. Before he came to Barcelona, he served in the Himkok speakeasy in Oslo as bar manager, winning Norway  World Class Bartender of the Year

 in 2016. 

 

Homemade

Himkok incidentally means homemade. And today this has resonance in Dr Stravinsky where 70% of the cocktail ingredients are homemade by Antonio.

“Passionate about flavour” he infuses gin, distilled in Madrid with four botanicals: junipercorianderangelica root and anise, with a variety of ingredients to extract some exciting flavours which he combines in his cocktails with homemade syrups. The syrups are all made in-house from fresh Catalan herbs. 

 

Dr Stravinsky has the appearance of an alchemist's idea of heaven. Jars of backlit botanicals line one wall and there is plenty of distilling equipment and flasks on display. OK, so you know it isn’t for real and the real stuff goes on behind the scenes. But the whole décor is done very well. The effect is welcoming and cosy and somehow familiar.

Backlit botanicals

 

Dr Stravinsky has the appearance of an alchemist’s idea of heaven. Jars of backlit botanicals line one wall and there is plenty of distilling equipment and flasks on display.

OK, so you know it isn’t for real and the real stuff goes on behind the scenes. But the whole décor is done very well. The effect is welcoming and cosy and somehow familiar.

 

There is plenty of distilling equipment and flasks on display.

There is plenty of distilling equipment and flasks on display

 

Antonio and his team effortlessly make you feel at home while performing amazing feats of mixology behind the bar.

 

Antonio and his team effortlessly make you feel at home while performing amazing feats of mixology behind the bar.

Antonio on the right

 

I was lucky enough to visit there recently where Antonio served me 3 distinctive cocktails. All so excellent it was hard to choose a favourite.

 

The first was his signature cocktail Camp Nou, named after the  FC Barcelona stadium . A bright vibrant green the Camp Nou is a gin sour. Made with gin, fresh syrup of dill, coriander and basil, lime and Manzanilla sherry it has a zingy freshness.

Camp Nou 

 

Camp Nou

The first was his signature cocktail Camp Nou, named after the FC Barcelona stadium. A bright vibrant green the Camp Nou is a gin sour. Made with gin, fresh syrup of dill, coriander and basil, lime and Manzanilla sherry it had a zingy freshness. 

 

Next, was Schumann’s , sweet and tasty with a gin base, yuzu sake,  Becherovka herbal liqueur  , Jun (a fermented product of green tea and honey) and a cider and spices syrup. And if all that sounds a little complicated the delivery in an earthenware cup is simplicity itself and reinforces the botanical credentials of this herbaceous cocktail.

Schumann’s 

 

Schumann’s

Next, was Schumann’s , sweet and herbal with a gin base, yuzu sake, Becherovka herbal liqueur, Jun (a fermented product of green tea and honey) and a cider and spices syrup. And if all that sounds a little complicated the delivery in an earthenware cup was simplicity itself and reinforced the botanical credentials of this herbaceous cocktail. 

 

the Truffle Dry Martini, made with truffle infused gin and dry vermouth. This was served the traditional way in a cocktail glass with a single olive. (If a rather gigantic one, Spanish olives are huge!). But the flavour was anything but traditional. Savoury and memorable, if you like truffles you will love the Truffle Martini.

Truffle Dry Martini

 

Truffle Dry martini

Finally, after the sweet and the sour came the Umami: the Truffle Dry Martini, made with truffle infused gin and dry vermouth. This was served the traditional way in a cocktail glass with a single olive. (If a rather gigantic one, Spanish olives are huge!). But the flavour was anything but traditional. Savoury and memorable, if you like truffles you will love the Truffle Martini.

 

 

Dr Stravinsky, Barcelona

 

 

You can find Dr Stravinsky on Carrer dels Mirallers, 5, 08003 Barcelona.

Open every evening from 7 pm.

Expect to pay around 10 euros for a cocktail.

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Enjoy!

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