A New Catalan Tapas Spot From the Absinthe Group Rises in Hayes Valley

Boxing Room Is Dead. Long Live Barcino.

By Joe Starkey ·
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As Mufasa described the Circle of Life to Simba, “A Southern comfort restaurant ends so that in its place may rise a Spanish-Catalan, tapas-centric one from the Absinthe Group.”

Or something like that.

We think Mufasa was talking about Barcino, a handsome new dating lair in Hayes Valley of that very description. It’s now open in the former Boxing Room space, and these are pictures of it.

After walking in through a tunnel of metal trellises covered in greenery, light from those huge familiar windows will show you a completely different space. As you and your date are led to your seats, you’ll casually impress them with the knowledge that the mirror-etched map you passed is of ancient Barcelona. History. So sexy.

Your server will hand you a menu. You’ll start pointing at tapas like the Costelles (smoked and braised dry-aged beef short rib, choricero pepper broth, horseradish) or the Ou, which combines a sunny-side-up egg with caviar, jamón serrano and idiazabal crema.

Rum drinks will happen. Secco vermouth drinks will happen. Churro ice cream sandwiches and flirtatious banter will happen.

We’ll let you choose the order, though.
Joe Starkey

Joe Starkey is the tallest person in the room 90% of the time. He enjoys liquors that aren’t smoky, dive bars that are, and has a vague dread that someone, somewhere might be having more fun than him.

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