The lyrics of ?Cadillac Solitario’ by Spanish band Loquillo, one of Spanish pop music’s most hummed songs, says: ?Here I am, sitting in an old second-hand Cadillac by the Merbeyé, my city ??at my feet; the latest blonde to try the back seat [of my car] left a moment ago?. Well, a few days ago, we decided to drop by this legendary bar, a cult 1980s cocktail bar, we think should be recovered.
Merbeyé remains a benchmark of Barcelona design. Not surprisingly, one of its architects was Ferran Amat?the owner of Vinçon?, and Javier Mariscal designed the fans and the columns?some of the fans have been lowered. Merbeyé serves classic and modern cocktails in a 1950s-style environment: dim lights, dark wood and red velvet couches.
One of Merbeyé‘s highlights is its location atop the Tibidabo and the incredible views guests can enjoy while having one of their seasonal cocktails. We tried the Christmas Cocktail, a special mix with cream, Disaronno and liquid chocolate. Another ?enticements’, as they call their cocktails, are the Made In Japan?with sake, Triple Seco and coconut cream?and the Negrito Zumbón?with cocoa liqueur, orange liqueur, Triple Seco, pineapple juice and chocolate truffle. Also, we liked the fact that each cocktails goes with the initials LD (Long Drink), PD (Pre Dinner) or AD (After Dinner).
Merbeyé recently opened the Merbeyé Sky terrace, with even better view, which can be rented for private parties and events.
The meaning of the name comes from the first owner’s love for French culture. They ‘catalanized’ the term ?merveilleux’, which became ?merbeyé’. And they were right because the place is marvellous!
- Address: Plaça Doctor Andreu, 2 Barcelona