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Champagneria

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

On the prowl for real Catalan, and on recommendation of a previous resident, we visited Champangeria, located on a dark alley, near the ocean- this creates an odd sound medley of crashing waves, seagulls and glasses being smashed.

Recognizable by only a dim glow coming from what looked like an open garage, we walked down a street full of dumpsters, hanging laundry and yowling cats only to discover Spanish party time in full effect. A typical Tuesday for those crazy kids, at 10:30pm when we entered and our usual bedtime, the place was packed to the exposed beam rafters. The building itself is a sight to behold. All saleable merchandise- wine, cava, jamon on hoof is either quarantined to the back or behind the bar, all other booze is stacked skyward on teetering pyramids that somehow stay in place.

Although slightly mucky, Champagneria is only that way out of AUTHENTICITY. Similar to the sawdust on the bottom of a good BBQ joint, Champagneria is littered with used greasy napkins, glass and a syrupy mixture that sticks to shoes. Food choices include Jamon every which way, croquettes and other typical Catlan fair. Drinks consist of delicious cava, of which our favorite was a roset that Seth described as having notes of “jolly rancher.” Ordering is part barking at the seemingly endless parade of old men cleaning, slicing, cooking and pouring behind the bar and trying to smile manically to get their attention.

We stumbled out sticky, our clothes tinged pink at the ends and licking the delicious jamon off of our fingertips. Presently we are trying to figure out how to move in and live there.

Oh and did we mention everything is under 3 Euros?

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