Albert and Ferran Adrià began working with tapas in 1991 in elBulli, the legendary Michelin 3-star restaurant near the town of Roses, Catalonia. Tickets Bar opened in 2011, the same year as the closure of elBulli.
The restaurant is located in Poble Sec in the Flotats building, which dates back to the 1930’s – a period when the neighborhood was famous for theatre and cabaret.
Tickets Bar is run largely by Albert Adrià who was the pastry chef at elBulli and part of the team for over 20 years along with his brother Ferran. They describe the concept of Tickets Bar and La Vida Tapa as follows:
“For us, La vida tapa is a global concept which links gastronomy to a way of understanding life. An amusing way of eating that turns the eater into an interpreter of a theatre play, of a chorus magazine, of a circus variety, being the character of a fairy play. It is a staging of real life. At La vida tapa there is no place for boredom, sadness or loneliness but there is much for laughs, complicity and good company.”
Some famous items from elBulli are still available at the more casual and modestly priced Tickets Bar, such as the famous olives marinated in olive oil, garlic, thyme and orange zest. Tickets Bar was awarded 1 Michelin star in 2014. Be sure to book in advance: the restaurant has a waiting list that can be several months long.
Gofre de albahaca
Pulpo crujiente com kimchi
Polo de almendra
Palomitas de merengue
Nenúfar de cebolla
Atadito de aguacate
Address: Avinguda Paral·lel 164, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Neighborhood: Sant Antoni
Price Range: €€€€€
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
Nearest Metro: Poble Sec (L3)
See also: Best Tapas Restaurants in Barcelona