When our awesome photographer friend invited us over for lunch at the weekend and insisted we went out for a Vermouth apéritif, well, who were we to object? And so, we ended up in Gracia’s La Vermutería del Tano sipping on the good stuff.
Neighbourhood bar serving, among the usuals, excellent home made vermouth and cold tapas. The place is full to the rafters at weekends and we, obviously looking like a weirder, drunker and altogether more dysfunctional version of the Holy Family seeking room at the inn, were kindly offered the cigarette machine to use as a table.
The walls are adorned with the usual local-bar mixture of décor/lost property and the clientele is a nice mixture of youngsters, families and old people telling very dirty jokes very loudly.
Good cold tapas, mostly seafood – the anchovies and cockles are top picks. Excellent spicy (and very strong) homemade vermouth served with a 1960s sifón of water to dilute.
Anchovies in house marinade – €3.50
Olives – €1.90
Crisps – €1.50
3 glasses of house vermouth – €1.50 each
Total – €11.40
Dry but very amenable. Incredible ability to squeeze between groups of sozzled punters.
Some of the best vermouth we’ve had in ages.
So busy even babies have to queue outside in the street (see pic)
The verdict: will we be going back?
Calle Joan Blanques, 24
Tel: +34 932 131 058
Nearest Metro: Joanic