Published January 04, 2013
Braised Rabbit and Hemingway in Brookline
What a week.
First, New Year’s Eve (fun). Then, New Year’s Day (not so fun).
Finally, work reentered your life. For three whole days.
This calls for wine. Tons of it. Tonight.
And maybe suckling pig, just because.
Unleash a flurry of flamenco guitar notes for Barcelona Wine Bar
, a sexy slice of España via
dry-cured ham and rampant wine worship, now open in Brookline.
Like your fantasy mistress, this is a dark-featured Catalonian sexpot. Meaning: floor-to-ceiling reclaimed wood, an imported marble bar
and a cheese-and-meat display
accented by an 80-year-old hand-cranked charcuterie slicer. Oh, and the bust of a bull vanquished during an
actual bullfight in Spain (to do in 2013: learn matador-ing).
You’ll gather here amongst friends. Or with a second date (two words: dimly lit). Then decide if you’d
rather dance with some six-month
manchego, jamón ibérico and braised rabbit tapas
at the bar to the left, or maybe in the dining room
to the right (the table under the giant black-and-white candid of Hemingway at dinner feels right).
On either side, you’ll notice a large outdoor patio through the collapsing windows. “That’ll be great
when it’s nice out,” you’ll say over a Brookline Sour
(thyme, grapes, rye) or one of 300-plus
wines from Spain and Argentina.
You tend to blurt things out after whiskey and wine.
Barcelona Wine Bar
1700 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446