Sipping Absinthe With Hemingway's Ghost in Barcelona, Spain
This dark corner bar in the Raval is said to be the oldest in Barcelona. Bar Marsella feels every bit its age of nearly two hundred years, from the creaky floorboards and clatter of wooden chairs to the dusty bottles lining the walls. Victorian-era chandeliers cast a moody glow onto the crowd, who huddle around small round tables clinking glasses of the house drink—absinthe. The intoxicating allure of the thick green spirit that inspired generations of artists and bohemians from Van Gogh to Picasso lingers in the air. Hemingway was a regular here, and would doubtless invite you to imbibe in a glass or two as a prelude to a rough and tumble night on the town.