Marlowe Bar

Barcelona, Spain

Marlowe’s address has long upheld its drinking den rep – a gimlet bar sat here since 1979. Today, after a gentle revamp that kept the original curving bar, Raymond Chandler’s fictional detective Phillip Marlowe (whose love of a Gimlet precedes him), inspires its concept. But the offering is far more nuanced than just that, combining all the charm of the 1930s with all the modern drinksmith skills you’d expect of a destination bar. Behind it are Adrià Sánchez, Pedro Falces, Lorenzo Miglietta and Marc Pinotti, whose creations are as imaginative as they are quaffable. Moody hues evoke a sense of the clandestine, while staff – suited-and-booted with dickie bows and braces – offer seriously personalised service. The focus is on ‘La Mirada de Marlowe’ – an idea that sees you converse with the bartender before being graced with a creative cocktail to suit your mood; perhaps featuring a Catalan Pisco made from local moscatel grapes. Seasonal and foraged ingredients and less-familiar Spanish spirits (see Pattar, a Bas

Key Information


Carrer del Rec, 24, El Born , Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003 Barcelona