Drinking With Fairies in a Dim, Enchanted Forest in Barcelona, Spain
You stroll through the doors of El Bosc de les Fades and poof!—you're thrust into a dark, mythical wonderland where you expect Little Red Riding Hood to emerge from the woods. Imposing, gnarled vines and branches of fake trees twist above your head, faint sounds of critters and insects are heard, and a babbling stream in the distance weaves through an eerie forest. Here, in this bar found in a quiet alley off of Las Ramblas, the imagination of Gaudi, the surrealism of Dali, and the bits of evil within the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm fuse to create an unusual but intoxicating ambience. You stumble upon toadstools as seats, tables attached to tree trunks, and twinkling lanterns hanging down from the foliage. It's dark, misty, and windowless—in fact, windows are replaced by seemingly magical mirrors on which you'll conjure an image of the wicked queen in Snow White. If you're up for chasing fairies—or want to sip a potion in your very own fable—El Bosc de les Fades is your spot.