Legend has it that Marsella is the oldest bar in Barcelona. At nearly 200 years old, that certainly is no exaggeration. The bar is all about its old-fashioned louche ambiance: a cigarette stained ceiling, feeble light from ornate chandeliers, and a regular crowd of solitary old-timers. The house drink? Absinthe. Though most don't drink it for the taste, ordering a glass of the infamous green spirit is something of a ritual at Marsella. Indeed, Hemingway frequented the bar in his early days, undoubtedly starting the night of with a glass of the "green fairy" himself.
Originally opened in 1897, the 4 Gats (meaning the 4 Cats in Catalan) has embedded itself into... Read more