The Bacanales or Bacchanalia were Roman festivals held in honour of Bacchus the Greco-Roman god of wine, involving copious amounts of food and drink. Quite a promising source of inspiration for one of Eixample’s newest additions, Bacanal, which covers almost every base—cafe, bar, restaurant and exhibition space. Local artists are invited to display their work free of charge on the tall white-washed walls of the light-filled space, framed by concrete columns and high ceilings. The recycled wooden window frames allow natural light to flood in, ensuring you get to enjoy your El Magnifico coffee whilst basking in the Barcelona sun. Brunch and Brinner (breakfast and dinner) are on the menu, which contains creative vegetarian options along with a vast selection of cocktails, beers and wine. Co-owner, Israel, assures that the portions are generous, which is surprising as the prices are affordable, and there is plenty of space for those with babies, buggies, bikes and dogs. Bacanal is only getting started, but it feels as though it will soon be one of Sant Antoni’s most bustling hubs.
Bacanal. Sepúlveda 164.