Contributing Editor: Michelle Fuhrer'Santini
La Font De La Cervesa is a shamelessly undervalued local point of interest. Its external promotional material offers German weissbier (wheat beer) and other branded beverages, yet the clientele gather here because the array of local reserves, the bar's approach and overlooking sights.
Sant Antoni is an area connected to Poble Sec and famous for its decade long renovation of the landmarked Sant Antoni Market. Here it still resides unfinished, which can be seen from inside the bar. Nearby, sits a covered row of assorted fresh tapas. Dishes range from original egg, potato tortilla to bombers (Spanish ‘Scotch egg’) and other remakes on traditional favorites.
The area of Sant Antoni is still reasonably undeveloped, it has its place on the periphery of the voguish Poble Sec. It almost acts as equilibrium to the crowds and renovation of Poble Sec.
Spending the daytime here on a weekend is quite the experience as stalls linearly occupy the outer streets, selling undergarment goods and various accessories, and nearby a large array of affixed stalls create an external market where the roads are closed.
This place draws the crowds and Sundays more than most will be a busier time, as well known in Spain the casa vermuts (house vermouths) are as trend as religious tradition and the sabbatical day itself.
Local points of interest here see a continual flux in custom. Prices retain relaxed and people congregate here as middle ground in-transit from central to south-west or vice versa.
La Font De La Cervesa’s blackboard offers are pictorial and in abundance; Quinto and tapas (5 small beers and a tapas) or 3 casa vermuts and a tapas for €4 per offer.
The prices seem almost depicted to ridicule and other combinations alike display perfect prices for local attitudes. Here the menu offers expire at 12am yet prices remain cheaper than cheap. Hours of operations in Barcelona are late for most countries' standards, but here nightlife starts circa 11pm, so is here contextually relevant in conjunction with custom.
In the bar, the décor internal is dressed traditional with constructed railway arches and alike-bricked bridges. An old man’s working club and with almost contemporary fashioned black and white photos of old Barcelona act as wall consuming wallpaper.
The ambiance is a compilation of muted commercial television playing alongside voices of Catalan radio and neighborhood gossip. Ample opportunities exist for all to engage in an unguarded rapport where supplies of casa de la vermut are served, as it should; cold with spice, well distilled and with segmented orange and whole pitted green olive. Even if you come alone, you are welcomed and served as if you are a regular.
The rule of thumb for those not familiar with vermut is that favorites blanco or negro, one should always opt for the latter if overly sweet isn’t to your liking, and always add the table spritzer soda if you want a long, more refreshed beverage.
Here the friendliness of service and incoming guests are almost as attractive as the offers themselves and keeps the continuum of custom in constant renewal.
The advice on a weekend is to arrive before midday to refresh and relieve or revive a hangover. After 12pm expect the family crowds to occupy the downstairs benches, acquaintances to seat upstairs and amigos to straggle the entrance gangway.
Come en route to or to find personal comfort and refresh.