Those Adrià brothers from elBulli aren’t known for doing things by halves, so a self-assured younger brother to their box office Barcelona tapas bar Tickets was always going to be an interesting proposition. What an encore it is. Where Tickets is all front of house razzmatazz, 41° Cocktail Bar next door is a behind the scenes sort of place, where you can see the magic happen – food blog Bacon on the Beech sum it up nicely: “Tickets is like Willy Wonka’s tapas bar, 41˚ is like a cool cocktail bar on the moon”.
There’s a two hour window starting at midnight when anyone can drop in for a painstakingly mixed, almost sculptural drink, but it’s the 41° Experience that’s really packing them in. Taking up to three hours and limited to 16 people per night, the dining event is a 41-dish journey into avant-garde finger food delivered in design agency El Equipo Creativo‘s dark and atmospheric surrounds – a complete counterpoint to its flamboyant sibling. Spotlights fall on the diners, intimately illuminating them, but after the show the house lights go up a little and the centrepiece is revealed to be a show-stopping typographical bar which sits beneath ribbons of projected visuals, dangling like the tassels on a silver screen starlet’s frock. Film reels and cast iron supports reinforce that early 20th Century Hollywood feeling. Believe the hype, 41° is yet more essential viewing from the Coen brothers of the culinary world.