If you enter the Marsella, you will walk through a door that was opened to the public for the first time way back in 1820. You will understand that the majority agrees to assign this place the title of the oldest bar in Barcelona.
In the eyes of those who enter, the bar appears unkempt, dilapidated, left to itself: and it is perhaps this aspect that arouses curiosity and entices the visitor to take a step further. And here the atmosphere of another era envelops the senses: the environment is warm, the lights flood the room. The dominant colors are brown and orange, while the furniture recalls bohemian and retro France.
The ceiling is high and the walls bear the sign of time, as does what is hanging on them: you will open your mouth as you look at the shelves full of bottles whose now illegible labels are covered in dust, and you will then look at your open mouth reflected in the mirrors yellowed by time, which bear the two rules of Marsella written on them: Prohibido cantar and Absenta. Now perhaps the owners turn a blind eye to the infringement of the first rule, but this does not happen with the second: if you ask the bartender for advice on what to drink, he will certainly answer Absinthe.
You can obviously opt for a cerveza, but respect for tradition would require the consumption of the famous green drink. In fact, at one time, the Marsella was frequented by artists of the caliber of Mirò, Gaudì, Hemingway, Dalì and Picasso, to name a few. Today it is an attraction for all admirers of these great figures in the history of art and literature: in addition to the locals, you will find fans and young artists.
Our advice is to go during the week. By avoiding the weekend you will be able to better admire how time has stopped in the heart of Barcelona.