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Rita Blue

Barcelona-City-Center

4.1 / 5

May 11, 2018

Bohemia meets modernism at this chilled-out spot near the Ramblas. The funky, retro interior of Rita Blue includes neon signs, 50s-style lamps and lanterns hanging from low ceilings...

Bohemia meets modernism at this chilled-out spot near the Ramblas. The funky, retro interior of Rita Blue includes neon signs, 50s-style lamps and lanterns hanging from low ceilings, a swish upstairs bar, and a dark, bare walled basement that is heavy on industrial chic (think lots of exposed pipework) and low ceilings and cowhide covered banquettes, featuring a dance floor that gets crowded later on for live acts during the week and house and techno sets on weekends. There’s a spacious terrace outside that’s open all day and evenings that makes for a great place to relax and take in the surrounding architecture and has a laid back evening vibe that’s slightly less full on than the sometimes crowded interior. So you might want to start off with a beer at a table out there on the terrace in the square first, before graduating to martinis or margaritas in the upstairs bar later as the night turns cooler. The cocktail list is heavy on the classics (mojitos, cosmopolitans, tequila sunrise you know the drill) so don’t expect surprises, though they are well made and fairly strong. Food is pretty basic Mexican and Mediterranean fare (the usual array of enchiladas, fajitas and nachos, though with some pasta, meat and fish dishes thrown in), though if you have a sweet tooth save room for afters, as the dessert menu is slightly quirkier, featuring unexpected treats like Lebanese pastries. Portions are generous and prices are reasonable, and it’s popular with tourists who are keeping an eye on their budgets but still want a fun night out. Top this with friendly service and a welcoming crowd, and there’s no reason for you to leave Rita’s blue…