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.