Dry Martini

Barcelona, Spain
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Dry Martini is a shrine to one of the most celebrated cocktails. A must visit when in Barcelona. Opened in 1978 under the auspices of maestro Pedro Carbonell (who still holds the reins) and part of the Javier de las Muelas empire, Dry Martini is something of an institution, with all that entails – dapper staff, an abundance of dark wood and a bounty of bottles. This place is classy yet utterly unstuffy.

The walls are peppered with pictures of the eponymous drink and its banquettes are filled with a grown up, content crowd sipping the smoothest of good cocktails. Apparently they’ve served over a million martinis here so they know how to get them right. There’s even a nearby Academy where the company trains bar staff.

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