It seems that time is up for El Pastís, the legendary bar on Carrer Santa Mònica. Opened in 1947 by an intrepid female French exile, and famous for its own brew of absinthe, the tiny bohemian bar has long been the haunt of an eclectic clientele, from locals and travellers to intellectuals and prostitutes.
El Pastís' low-rent contract finished in December 2014 and the owner doesn't intend to renew the lease. The bar had already been granted a six-month extension on the old lease, but from June 15th it will have to pay market price for its location. The manager of the bar, José Ángel de la Villa, has asked for help from the Ajuntament to keep it open on the basis that it forms part of the city's history and patrimony, but so far none has been forthcoming.
Read more here about the closing of many of the city's most emblematic businesses.