Quatre Gats (Els)
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- 98%Local Culture
- 80%History Buffs
- 75%Art & Design Lovers
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Member Reviews (7)
- Quatre Gats (Els)Member ofLocal CultureWellnessVegetarian+ 1Jan 25, 2014
Dating back to 1897, this Barcelona tavern-cum-café is hallowed turf for any history buff worth their salt. A hothouse of Catalan Modernisme style, Els Quartre Gats is known as a favoured haunt of Picasso as a budding artist, and the place is decked out with artwork and modernista detail.
The waiters have a tendency to be a little high-handed, and to be fair, the food isn’t outstanding (although reasonable given that you’re largely paying for the atmosphere and prestige of the surroundings). It’s a good option for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack. If you’re drinking in the bar, make sure you also take a peek at the large piano-clad dining hall at the back.Recommended for:
- Quatre Gats (Els)Jul 05, 2012
Eh.... If this had been a restaurant in NYC I probably would have given it one or two stars. But it's a very old restaurant with lots of cool art history. Food is overpriced and not very yummy. Service is slow and seems like they're all a bit jaded from tourists. I'd go to for just a drink and to look at the art. Then bounce.Recommended for:
- Quatre Gats (Els)Jul 04, 2012
Picasso undertook his very first commissioned work for designing the front cover of the menu and used to hang out here as a young man. What's not to love?! Also my young revolutionary grandfather would have been here talking of taking over the fascist government.
- Quatre Gats (Els)Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jul 04, 2012
This old school hang out of Picasso's in Barcelona would probably price out most modern day starving artists, although the food is good and the atmosphere fun. You can order absinthe and pretend to be having intellectual, smoky discussions with Pablo and Henri...which will dull the pain of the bill for the budget traveller.
- Quatre Gats (Els)Oct 09, 2013
"Hay una expresión catalana inusitadamente poética que evoca perfectamente lo deslucido de la Barcelona de hace veinticinco años: 'color de gos com fuig' (color de perro que huye), es decir, ningún color concreto, una tonalidad indefinida, turbia y sin embargo, indudablemente, un color. (...) Todo eso por no mencionar esa especie de estilo bohemio, de dandismo, que subsistía aún y tiene sus raíces entre las mesas del Café Els Quatre Gats del siglo XIX, y que actualmente el aliento cargado de desodorante del yuppismo catalán se encarga sistemáticamente de marchitar. "
del tomo 'Barcelona', de Robert Hughes, cap iii (1992)