Toronto’s Bar Raval Serves Cocktails with a Barcelona-esque Atmosphere Morning, Day and Night

Foodable Network is always looking for bar concepts that offer unique beverage experiences. Bar Raval in Toronto, Canada is unlike any other.

When you walk in, you feel as though you have been transported to the Spanish resort town, San Sebastian. This is no accident, either. The name Raval is a nod to the Raval neighborhood in Barcelona.

The bar is standing-room only and was custom design by the Toronto-based architecture and design studio Partisans Projects.

The bar's structure is truly a masterpiece with gaudi-esque wood panels and rich mahogany millwork.

“Bar Raval was an opportunity for us to use advanced digital methods to reinterpret—not replicate—classical Art Nouveau tropes for the 21st century,” said Alex Josephson, Partisons co-founder, as reported by "archello."

The one-of-a-kind structure is all part of the bar experience curated by the owners.

“We wanted the space to be just like the experience — very organic,” said Robin Goodfellow, part owner of Bar Raval. “You come in, it’s like a warm hug from a tree. We’ve heard people say it looks like the inside of a tree’s heart.”

Guests are immediately wowed by the atmosphere, but what about the cocktails?

In the "Across the Bar" episode below, Goodfellow gives us a taste some of the handcrafted beverages served at Bar Raval.

Since the bar is open morning and night, the concept offers beverages like the Mal Gusto, a popular morning beverage with sherry and Cocchi Americano, a quinine-laced aperitif wine produced by Giulio Cocchi.

Watch as Goodfellow displays his bartending mastery by mixing three of Bar Raval's most popular cocktails in the video below.

Aperol Spritz is the Cocktail of the Summer and Here's Why

You may have noticed more orange and fizzy beverages on restaurant tables. Aperol Spritz, which was created back in 1919 in Italy, has quickly become the drink of the summer. 

But this wasn't done by accident. 

"Last month, Campari America marketing executive Melanie Batchelor told The New York Times that the company made a concerted effort to draw the American palate to the drink, starting a few years ago. Those efforts included booths at New York City summer events such as the Jazz Age Lawn Party and the Governors Ball, as well as events in the Hamptons, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs," writes "VinePair."

The recipe usually includes Aperol, Prosecco or some type of sparkling wine, and soda. It's refreshing, so it's perfect for summertime. 

Not to mention, it photographs nicely., which makes it attractive for the Instagram-loving foodie who wants to show off their summer-themed beverage. 

The recipe is also easy to adjust and get creative with. Making it not only attractive to diners but also to bartenders.

“The traditional Aperol Spritz is a very forgiving cocktail, in that if you are eyeballing the measurements instead of measuring it out exactly, you’ll still have a tasty drink once you’re done pouring,” said Clair McLafferty, a bartender and author of “The Classic & Craft Cocktail Recipe Book" to "VinePair." “Home bartenders should feel free to adjust it to their own personal taste. Every human has a different palate, and what is attractive to me may be disgusting to you.”

It can be served on tap, so bartenders can serve the beverage quickly. 

Want to see how other restaurants are getting creative with their Aperol Spritz beverages?

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