cine al aire libre agosto

Things to do in August in Barcelona

Spending the month of August in Barcelona may sound boring and not exciting at all, but it is precisely the opposite, partly due to the large number of activities organized in cinemas, theaters, museums and festivals.

Besides enjoying BonaVida Bar every day of August in our regular schedule, we recommend you an interesting selection of activities that are happening near our home. From gigs, films, tours or events, you can get advantage of these festive days in our city.

Festival Gàndules
If you love movies, you can not lose the opportunity provided by the CCCB to watch independent movies outdoors and for free! in its central courtyard. A really good selection in a perfect environment. Film series also takes place outdoors on the beach of Barceloneta.

The legendary Russian Ballet comes to Barcelona with an unmissable show and representing two of the great classics of all time: Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Precisely this show is represented in Teatre Tivoli, 30 seconds from our bar.

Ópera / Flamenco
Also within walking distance of Bonavida Bar there isPalau de la Música, one of the cultural epicenters of Barcelona. Throughout the month, the program continues and you can see from opera (Carmen de Bizet for example) or flamenco shows.

The offer is very extensive, but certainly there is two impressive exhibitions:Universo Marca Barcelona (in Sala Ciutat) and “Nutrición, impulso vital” (ein Museu Blau).

Circuit Festival
From 5th to August 16th the world’s biggest international gay and lesbian festival takes place. During all those days, different sports and cultural activities and festivals are organized in different parts of the city.

Festa major de Gracia
No muy lejos de Bonavida tendrá lugar del 15 al 21 de agosto la tradicional fiesta mayor del barrio de Gracia. Sin duda una de las fiestas veraniegas más bonitas y esperadas del año, donde 18 de sus calles y plazas se engalanan con decoraciones temáticas de lo más originales.

Musical nights Terrat del Drac

If you’ve never visited Casa Batllo, this may be the perfect opportunity. Every day at 21, you can attend a concert in his beautiful terrace and adding a guided tour to learn the rest of the building if you prefer. Who wants to stay at home is because he wants to. There’s plenty of interesting things to do in our city this month. So we hope sooner or later you come by and have some food and drinks in Bonavida Bar.

Bloody Mary

How to prepare a Bloody Mary

Contemporary history of cocktails is rich in creativity, recipes and anonymous bartenders who knew how to represent in a cocktail the hunch of his society. Join us, you will discover the secrets of a revitalized classic Bloody Mary.

The story of the Bloody Mary has been sometimes confused with another historical character nicknamed like Mary Tudor, Mary I of England, who went down in the annals of history with the nickname Bloody Mary (Mary The Bloody). His father, Henry VIII, sponsored the creation of Anglicanism, a Protestant branch which broke away from the Catholic directives of Pope Leo X, in the sixteenth century. When Mary came to the throne, he reversed the religious reforms of his predecessor and persecuted Protestants: the condemnation to the stake of 300 of their leaders, the legend of Bloody Mary was born.

The story of Bloody Mary, our star cocktail today, began at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, by his bartender Fernand Petiot in 1920. Its original combination was a mixture of vodka and tomato juice in equal parts. The name was proposed by two clients of Chicago, who commented that the color of the cocktail reminded the Bucket of Blood, a bar they frequented, and nicknamed it Bloody Mary, like a gorgeous ginger woman.

When Petiot moved to New York, the recipe evolved by adding salt, lemon, tabasco and Perrins sauce, adapting his original recipe to New Yorkers tastes of the time. The refined clientele of King Cole’s Bar renamed Bloody Mary to another more discreet, Red Snapper. However, as we all know, the name that has gone down in history is the most impressive and also the most juicy.

To prepare an amazing Bloody Mary you need to add: 3 parts of vodka, 6 parts of tomato juice, a pinch of black pepper alone and 3 drops of Worcestershire sauce, 3 drops of Tabasco sauce and 10ml of lemon juice or lime. Prepare it in a mixing glass, not in a cocktail shaker and stir gently with a spoon without shaking. Ready to serve in a Collins glass, decorated with celery!

If in addition to taste a delicious Bloody Mary you want to discover what dishes taste great with this cocktail, come and listen to our World Class, Simone Guido. You have not tasted anything like it!

teatro tívoli

Teatre Tívoli, a classic from Barcelona

Teatro Tívoli, as you may know, is a theater of Barcelona dedicated to theater plays and cinema. Did you know that among these walls took place the best operas and operettas? Becoming also the protagonist of a bunch of premieres of the most important works worldwide. Today we pay special tribute to this theater and that’s why we want to explain a little about his history, architecture and all the shows hosted here. Are we going to Tivoli? Turn off your phone and let’s the show begin!

Did you know that this is the theater and backstage in Almodovar‘s film “All About My Mother”? Tivoli theater has a rich history and great art running through its structure. Somehow its inception began in 1849, when the Tivoli Gardens were at the same place as the current theater, next to Paseo de Gracia. At that time the area was still undeveloped and outside the city wall. Already in the gardens-even without theater- it took place concerts and dancing balls. Since 1869 there was evidence of a kind of ‘summer theater’ outdoors where zarzuelas, operas and musicals were represented. Over time, concerts and performing activities became important and so in 1880 a theater with walls and ceiling was built, what we know as Tivoli.

The building that we know is not 1880, but 1919, when the theater underwent a radical reform to make it bigger. The current Tivoli is one of the largest theaters in our city, with a capacity to accommodate 1643 people, including the audience, the club and the amphitheater, as well as the side boxes. One of the things that stand out in this beautiful and classic theater is its decor and typical modernist style of early last century, where we find moldings and nature motifs abound in gold and red seats and curtains. Because of its large capacity and the spirit of the time, it was transformed into a cinema, but in the mid-twentieth century it was recovered as a theater, alternating performances with film sessions.

Did you know that great artists have passed through its stage ? And not just the world of theater and dance, but also the world of music today, including: Carmen Amaya, Peret, Los Vivancos, Alicia Alonso, Joaquin Cortes, Josep Maria Flotats, etc. and he has been chosen theater for the premiere of some of the entertainment company La Cubana: Blinded by Love (1994) and A nit d’Opera (2001).

To finish, you should know that at the time of his inauguration, was one of the largest theaters in the city. Since its reform in 1919, it became the theater with more capacity in the city, after the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

You know a little bit more about its history, but we invite you to go deeper and why not joining the theatre? Let’s check the summer Tívoli schedule :

What else you would like to know? its schedule? Tivoli is open from 17h and until half an hour after the last performance begin. The bar open one hour before the performance.

This summer Tívoli! And if you like, before or after the theater, come to discover our tapas and cocktails in the best atmosphere of Barcelona.

jamón con pan con tomate

Why we love so much Jamón?

Jamón, specifically Jamón Ibérico, is one of the delicacies of our cuisine, and Catalonia no longer understand bread with tomato without pink slices of a delicious cured ham, right? To find out why we love it so much, it is enough to go deep into the history of its use: it seems that it’s in our DNA!

Pig farming and the production of hams is with us since the Iberians: trade of hams, sausages, olive oil and wine reported them a big amount of benefits. Romans, occupying the peninsula, knew a lot about the product: the pig was entired consumed, not only the ham, although this was a luxury reserved for the richest people. The ham made in Rome wrote books and cookbooks, and how they did it is very similar to the technique used today.

In medieval times the consumption of pork and ham was conveyed by the monasteries and convents. Besides taking care of their gardens, each year they used to raise a pig. As Christians were reconquering land in the south in XII and XIII centuries, livestock moved his cattle to these areas, rich in meadows and forests, and the peasants were gradually accessing the breeding, and recovering manufactured hams and sausages for towns and villages.

Generation after generation, no pork or ham ceased to be major players in our diet: in  XV and XVI centuries, with the advent of printing, you can find numerous references to ham cookbooks. Currently, Spain is the world’s largest producer and consumer of cured hams “Jamones” and “paletas”.

Cured ham, it’s not only super tasty, it contains high-quality protein, with all essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and a great source of vitamins B1, B6, phosphorus, iron, potassium and zinc. Besides being very digestive and healthy.

For these reasons, and because a good ham it is the most delicious thing in the world, in BonaVida we pay a tribute, making the star of our 3 tapas: Iberian ham and Iberian assortment (ham, lomo, chorizo) accompanied by tomato bread and focaccia with ham, mozzarella and rúcula- as you can see in the photo.

¿Salivating? Approach to BonaVida and Simone, nuestro bartender, will tell you the perfect cocktail match with this amazing product.

Palau de la Música

Summer agenda at Palau de la Música

BonaVida Bar has around famous theaters, concert halls and cultural centers of prestige not to be missed. One of the most important and historical is certainly Palau de la Música Catalana.

This magnificent modernist palace was built between 1905 and 1908 by the architect Domènech i Montaner as a request of Orfeó Català to house its headquarters there. Such is its architectural and aesthetic heritage that is considered as the only modernist concert hall declared World Heritage by UNESCO since 1997.

Since its construction, the building is an essential enclave of Catalan cultural and social life, thanks to its history and especially the comprehensive and continuous program of events, concerts and various musical areas that developed in it.

As one would expect, ahead of the summer season, cultural agenda that poses the Palau de la Música is the most extensive and diverse. We leave you with a brief summary of the most important and essential recitals.

La Venecia de Vivaldi
performed by the prestigious girls choir of the Orfeó, can be seen on Thursday, July 23 at 21h in the big room. It is included in the cycle of “Summer in the Palau”.

Bachelona: Festival Bach de Barcelona
Within the tribute concerts to the classical composer Bach, on Thursday July 23 will take place this function in the Petit Palau at 20h.

Tribute to 80’s
Curious lyrical concert to honor the classical and pop of the decade of the 80’s music. Will take place on various dates both July and August.


Carmen de Bizet
In Palau you will never miss a classic. For 3 Performances (20, July 29 and August 18), you can see this acclaimed opera with more than 100 actors and 2 hour show.

Sergey Belyavskiy
The next day, August 10 we can enjoy the performance of this prestigious award-winning Russian pianist.

Gran Gala Flamenco
Complete performance of multiple interpreters of the best current flamenco scene will gather on July 16 in the large hall of Palau.

Before or after coming to Bonavida Bar to have something to drink or eat, you will notice that concerts, opera or musical performances offered by the Palau de la Música Catalana are the most tempting, and just a few meters from our bar!

anís estrellado

Star anise, king of gintonic

Star anise is a spice for cocktails. Best known as the king of gin and tonic. This botanical is one of its most trusted companions, as well as being very decorative, has digestive properties.

Call it star anise, or Illicium Verum, but this species is a fruit, much like anise and is a visual and aromatic gem tree. It is harvested just before ripening to achieve more of its essential oils. In fact its scientific name means “the one who attracts” due to the attractive scent given off by its flowers. It is very decorative for its star shape and intense tan: the contrast with the broken white watery gin and tonic is very beautiful. This botanical should be one of your first choices if you want to bring to the gin and tonic acid nuance and anise flavor that leaves a soft scent at the combine.

It is also one of the species most used in the production of premium gins, as well as eclectic, has an active substance that aids digestion, eliminates intestinal gas and helps to relieve spasms in the bladder, stomach, intestines and uterus. In fact, its seeds contain vitamins B (theanine, niacin and riboflavin), A and C (antioxidants), besides great amount of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, zinc and magnesium.

Its origin is placed in the southwest of China, and they say their introduction in Europe held an English sailor in the sixteenth century, in the era of the great explorers. Today, it grows in the Atlantic, North America and in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia.

What kind of gins love to have anise in the party? Citadelle, Port of Dragons, Master’s. In fact, Citadelle features star anise as one of the botanists of their preparation. And more premium gins that exploit the taste of a good use of the species. If you want to find out which ones, bring your taste buds to BonaVida and let our bartender Guido Simone lead you trough this ceremony.

Tapas and Cocktails pairing

Pairing food with cocktails is one of this year trends. An art that challenges the skills of bartenders, because mixing cocktails with food requires an expertise taste in both areas. The richness of hues turn cocktails into a natural accompaniment to food, an experience that always wins our palate.

If you’re a fan of gin and Indian or Asian food you are in luck: they are a perfect match, especially if gin is very botany, because it combines perfectly with the spices from this culture. White fish or shellfish such as oysters, razor clams, or mussels extol with a good sip of gin on the rocks. The Gin Tonic, if Premium, will bring you to glory after you’ve eaten a delicious bite of an author burger. If the Gin Tonic is rather fruity, foie would be your safe choice. why? the very protein meals and fats go great with dry or bitter cocktails, because it will balance and help us clean the mouth.

Both white and dark rum are a perfect distillate. In fact, an old rum with brie is an exquisite combination. If rum is accompanied by a good sashimi, also it’s gonna be applauded. And in this particular case, it seems we can not ignore a classic associated with rum: a good cigar.

From Russia comes a deeply rooted one: vodka with caviar. And following order: after each spoonful of vodka, a good drink of vodka: clean taste buds, leaving them ready to taste all the flavors of caviar. In Scandinavia, vodka is associated with salmon, smoked fish, herring and crabs.

¿Is there tequila in the storeroom? If it’s a white tequila, no doubt: fish, seafood and cheese. Rested tequila is the ideal choice when you think about Mexican food spiced with a good dose of chili. The old, by contrast, will extoll desserts and sweet dishes. Always served chilled. Sweet will lower the sourness of the distillate.

If you fancy a good cocktail and want to pair it with a delicious tapa, Simone Guido, our World Class Champion, will know how to conquer your palate.

Armani Passeig de Gracia

Our favorites in Passeig de Gràcia: Armani

Passeig de Gràcia was already in its beginnings as walk, in 1821, a place to walk and relax, a city lung for the leisure of citizens. With the construction of the promenade, within the project of the Eixample Cerdà, Barcelona‘s beautiful people occupied that space, filling it with glamour, carriages, parisians dresses to see and be seen.

That unique spirit survives after more than a hundred years. Some architectural and urban elements are still breathing, and attracting thousands of tourists. But the heart of this walk also beats thanks to the brand shops that landed to be a mandatory stop for locals and tourists who appreciate luxury and quality.

Among them, one of our favorite companies is Armani. In 1975, with the help of Giorgio Armani and his friend and business partner Sergio Galeotti was born Giorgio Armani, the emergence of 25 years of experience in the world of Armani fashion. Some might not know Giorgio attended three years of Medicine, until he discovered that his fascination with the human body was satisfied wearing and extolling its forms. He became photography assistant of the legendary “Il Rinascente“, the famous clothes and accessories store in Milan. Nino Cerruti noticed him in 1964 and signed him: there, Armani learned everything he should know about the choice of fabrics, cutting, making and marketing. His vibrant personality soon made him stand out as an original creator. In 1975, the legend of Armani started walking and today is still alive in his brand.

Passeig de Gràcia store is one of the approximately 300 stores that the brand has in 36 countries. The universe of Giorgio can be admired in number 6 collection, a complete collection for men and women of Emporio Armani and Armani Jeans, the brand of sportswear and a corner of EA7 Armani / Dolci, a delicatessen product range of chocolates, preserves and teas.

A visit to this store is a trip to good taste, elegance, the simplicity, the sexy chic and expertise of a brand that with every release, conquest the world.

If you need to rest from all this sensations, there’s nothing like a Cosmopolitan in BonaVida, where beautiful people want to be.

plaza gaietà

The most beautiful Barcelona

In our blog we always seek the best spots in town. Today we propose some of the most beautiful places in Barcelona. Hidden corners, patios, terraces, streets, facades and more. Can you come ride with us? Discover the most beautiful Barcelona.

1. Aiguafreda Street:

Get lost in Horta and more specifically in Aiguafreda Street, near Llobregós Street. This is one of the village streets that are still preserved in the city of Barcelona, making you feel you’re not in the city. In Horta existed the Industry of washing clothes for people who could afford to pay for this service and ​​could not do it at home for lack of space and water. It is documented that from the early seventeenth to the twentieth century much of the gentry clothes were washed in Horta. They collected laundry on Mondays and returned it clean on Saturdays. Horta road in Barcelona was the journey that made washerwomen to Barcelona entering through Portal Nou. There is still a way below the gardens of the houses on the street of Aiguafreda that they called the path of Barcelona and was where people and carriages entered to the city. Below that it also passed the “torrent of Carabassa”. Did you know? Thanks to the conservation in Barcelona we still have these beautiful places.

Calle aiguafreda

2. Tamarita Park:

From Horta to Sant Gervasi, we get into Tamarita gardens, and although it is a park, we can call them gardens because of its lush vegetation. The park is located in the headquarters of the Blanquerna Foundation. The grounds have two completely different areas, all surrounded by lush vegetation that makes you forget you are in a city. An ideal space to go with kids, there are children’s swings and cycling routes. An ideal place to relax and take a break on the road instead. Here are some pictures of Tamarita Park!

3. Bernardí Mercader Passage:

Do you want to know what is hidden behind that forged door down Hospital Street? The entrance is narrow and dark, but don’t be fool. The gentlemen sitting in front of the fourth door, formica chairs and a transistor, the poster of Gujar Gondal & Brothers Bakery, which seems out of Atlanta 1867, and the sailor restaurant menu that The Cafetí have hung under the arch Sant Rafael output, octopus decorated with chalk and a crab with measles. A worthy place to be discovered walking around Barcelona.

4. Sant Gaietà Square:

One of the secrets of Sarria is this Andalusian patio of white walls and geraniums that if you have not yet discovered, you should go today. Just behind the market at the end of an alley that does not seem to lead anywhere, you will find this small square, a sort of Lorca patio with potted geraniums and honeysuckle. Like you’re in Andalusia. It is the cover photo of this article, here you have more pictures.

5. Sant Pau del Camp:

A Romanesque building behind the gym of Can Ricart, did you know?

They say the son of Guifré el Pilós built it at the beginning of the tenth century, outside the walls, in the countryside. It’s almost a miracle that he survived the progressive expansion of the city. Despite being suffocated by the density population of Chinatown and transformations of recent years they have become an embedded watchtower between the Avinguda Paral·lel and south of Raval ¿Do you know which building is?

And if you’re starving of walking too much, why don’t you come and discover Food and Drink Menu? Nice Tapas and Cocktails.

cocteles para el verano

5 cocktails for the summer

Summer is precisely the season for cocktails, let them cool and wet the conversations between friends on a terrace or in a local. Enjoying a good cocktail on a warm summer night is a great plan, and many prefers classics like mojitos, margaritas, piña coladas, daiquiris or fizzy gins.

¿Do you want to try new flavors, with surprising combinations? Today I propose you 5 cocktails for summer which will get your attention. Some of the recipes are more than 100 years old! For example, Spritz, the unique appetizer for northern Italians: base made with sparkling wine (prosecco), began to lower with carbonated water in the nineteenth century to mitigate its strong flavor.  You will also know it as Aperol Spritz because in the recipe you add the bitter point of Aperol.

In Sea Breeze, we find another fashion ingredient for this 2015: juices. That’s right, since the late 20s, it is the star cocktail for summer in the United States. Initially prepared with gin, grenadine and lemon juice, since the 70s served with vodka, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice. A delight that you can not miss.

Also with juices, the Hurricane is a quintessential summer cocktail that combines fruits and rum. It was forged during World War II in New Orleans, in the Pat O’Brien‘s. And it was the result of a commercial ploy to get rid of their own vast stock of rum he had.

Cosmopolitan is an old acquaintance of all, but may not know that his original name was Cape Codder, because it was on this peninsula of Massachusetts where the mixture of vodka and cranberry juice was invented. New York yuppies added the Cointreau, took over the recipe, and gave it the name that we all recognize.

Finally, a Diablo can be a great alternative to tequila lovers who want to enjoy beyond Margarita. It was invented in 1940 in Merida, Mexico, and his original recipe consists of tequila, cassis, lime juice and ginger ale.

In BonaVida, our bartender Simone Guido has original, creative and refreshing cocktail ideas like these ones. Do you get closer to enjoy?