Revolution and beer at Bar Funicular, Barcelona

1950s-style local bar on a corner in the well-groomed Dreta de l’Exiample (that’s the right hand side of the Exiample to you and me).  A firm favorite among residents and, as legend would have it, the last place Salvador Puig Antich (an anarchist and one of the most controversial political prisoners of the Franco era) was seen before his arrest in the early 1970s.

Bar Funicular, Barcelona

The food

The classics: croquetas, Russian salad, patatas bravas, boquerones and calamares among others.  Prices around €3.50 to €4 per dish.

Oh, and there was a crayon-scrawled ‘Michelin Star’ pinned to the back of the bar, so it must be pretty good.

Bar Funicular, Barcelona

What we ate

We rolled up to Bar Funicular with a hankering for calamares.  ‘Calamares please!’ we said to the barman.  ‘Do we have calamares?’ the barman shouted over one shoulder to his glamorous barmother.  She shook her head.  We must have got there too late (although the remaining odds and ends of seafood did look good).

On the plus side, Glamorous BarMother spent a good hour and a half stealthily topping up our little bowl of peanuts so we didn’t go hungry.  Gusto Guides loves maternal guilt complexes.

The staff

Glamorous Bar Mother alone is a reason to return.

Best bits

Neighbourhood crowd and excellent period decor.

Bad bits

Kitchen closes a little early by Spanish standards


The verdict: will we be going back?

Sí, señor


More information


Bar Funicular

Calle Girona, 70

Barcelona

08035

tel: 932 655 223

Nearest metro: Girona


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