If a bar wins the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in the categories of 'Best Bar of Europe' and 'Best Bar Overall', it merits a special visit.
El Equipo Creative, the design team responsible for Blue Wave,wanted to create a place that reflects the proximity of the water, the colour and the light play of the waves with a hint of the vegetation and rural ambience of the Barcelona hinterland. Centrepiece is the elegant bar shaped in the form of a wave. Ceramic tiles in various shades of blue formed like sea shells dominate the walls and ceiling. Comfy bar stools invite guests to sample the ample offer of drinks or enjoy generous servings of tapas.
Along the left side of the bar, you'll find a passage with small chairs and tables directly over the water sheltered by a perforated white wall meant to represent the foam of braking waves. At night, this wall becomes magical with blue illuminated lights.
The best design in the world is useless, however, if the ambience isn’t right. In charge of creating the atmosphere that makes people want to return again and again are manager Carlos, lively cocteleros and DJ Jose, the soul of the party, both whom help to ensure that events such as art exhibitions or fashion shows and music by up-and-coming singers help to draw people in.
There is a wide variety of cocktails on offer at reasonable prices. As I don’t drink alcohol, I was keen to see what they offer by way of alcohol-free concoctions and I was pleased with their inspired creations! My mock-tail consisted of grapefruit juice with mint syrup and fresh mint leaves, a hint of ginger and another secret ingredient. My friend who was imbibing enjoyed a gin and tonic with orange and lemon slices, a dash of angostura and a mint leaf.
The bar features tapas, ranging from €4 to €12. While listening to the music and sipping my delicious drink, I also had a small plate of fresh strawberries and a tuna fish and crab salad tapas, which was more than enough to fill my stomach.
As night fell punters were still sitting on the terrace, warmed by blankets and heaters and enjoying the sight of the Barcelona skyline and the impressive yachts moored only a stone's throw away.
Becoming a member of One Ocean Club
For security reasons and because of the proximity of the private marina, you have to become a member of One Ocean Club before you can visit Blue Wave. It’s free and easy to do online: http://www.oneoceanclub.es/wp/es/socios/hazte-socio/. Once you get your code, you can visit as often as you like and can bring up to 10 guests.
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