A mysterious light calls you from a hidden corner in the Born Next to the entrance, an amber-coloured liquid falls, drop by drop, in a hypnotic process of cold infusion. This is one of the many processes they use at Dr. Stravinsky to create the drinks they serve.
Dr. Stravinsky is the brainchild of Lito and Enric (who also run La Confiteria, Alegria, El Maravillas and El Paradiso), enthusiasts of well-concocted drinks, the likes of which had already been prepared on this spot, where once stood the legendary Bar Nus. The pair took the space over to keep it as a revered neighbourhood bar.
They've swapped beers for shakers and made this a type of alchemist's den full of fun and surprises – mirrors that reflect distorted images, Josefa who will bring you meals in Tupperware if you order in advance, flasks filled with water from the coastal town of Tamariu... The interior walls are lined with jars with herbs inside that are lit from behind and where they make their essential oils; the effect is lovely and like that of an ancient herbalist's.
Upstairs are stills and flasks, creating the look of a vintage laboratory. The drinks menu is the result of the imagination of cocktail expert Antonio Naranjo: the Camp Nou, made with a syrup of dill, thyme and coriander, house-distilled gin, lime and camomile, has a freshness and flavour like nothing you've ever tried; the Suculento, with tequila and mezcal infused with coriander, and a syrup of lime and peppers, is a knockout. Long live the creative inventions at Dr. Stravinsky!