NEVERMORE

NEVERMORE

Nevermore is a bar on Calle Cera in Barcelona that opened at the end of August, a new conept mixing a coffee shop/wine celler/delicatessen/school. It is a venue that as well as serving some wicked wines, also provides a wide selection of coffees and teas and delicacies like: jamon, oysters, preserves, cheese, salmon etc. In addition, every tuesday you can go and take a cocktail class, and a really cool "cold kitchen" class to learn how to make cold plates like Guacamole or homemade pates, all given at the hands of a renowned chef, Alfonso de la Mota (what more could you ask for!)

The other "socio" is Antonio Iglesias, who was the window dresser for the now defunct Vinçon, and he has worked his peculiar magic on this space, using a wide range of recycled material to give a quirky charm, and to reinvent their original purpose, doors are used as tables etc. Their are crows on the walls that give a decidedly Poerian feel to the whole deal.

Address: Calle Cera 17, 08001 Barcelona

Opening times: monday to saturday: 12:00 - 0200h sunday 12:00 - 16:00

The reason that the model Raval Nevermore has been named this way is that I like the bar, but I LOVE the poem by Edgar Allen Poe called "The Raven", published on the 29th of January 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror.

The Raven tells the story of the visit of a talking crow to the house of an afflicted lover and their slow descent into madness, the lover is mourning the loss of his true love, Leonor.

According to Poe, the bird was inspired by Charles´s Dickens´s raven and that the slow paced style was inspired by the poem Geraldine by Elizabeth Barrett.

The true centre of the poem centres around remembering and forgetting, namley the desire to remember someone who is no longer there, and the desire to forget them forever.

Another interesting fact about is that the raven always answers "nevermore" to every question, and that the lover formulates his questions to elicit this response, which could on some level signify that his true intention is to deepen and intensify his suffering.

A great poem, and a great bar! well worth checking out.

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