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5 Cool Bar Food Scenes

Bar Food: La Salle a Manger

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El Vaso de Oro, Barcelona: Among the old fishermen’s houses of Barceloneta, this sepia-toned cervecería is full of local sea dogs and other salty types who come for house-brewed lager and a dizzying array of tapas (boat-fresh squid and shrimp; flash-fried padrón peppers). And when a football match is on, forget about it: the tiny bar is as jammed and as rowdy as it gets. $

Ved Stranden 10 Vinhandel & Bar, Copenhagen: On Monday nights, the canal-side wine bar becomes the hangout for the city’s culinary scene. A guest cook—sometimes from Noma or Relae—prepares a simple, tasty one-pot dish that functions like a staff meal, except it’s open to all. $$

La Salle à Manger, Montreal (pictured): This neighborhood bistro hits all the marks of Nouvelle Montréal cuisine: taxidermy in the dining room, chalkboard of nose-to-tail specials, and scruffy hipster chefs in baseball caps. Sit at the bar amid the regulars snacking on plates of sublime pork rillettes and rabbit pâté. $$

Emporio Sagarana, São Paulo, Brazil: Shelves of beer bottles line the walls at this cozy bar that serves Brazilian comfort food, including sausage-filled cheese bread; sandwiches of pancetta, arugula, and Minas Gerais cheese; and dulce de nata. $

Walrus & the Carpenter, Seattle: Pristine shellfish, displayed on ice in wire baskets lining a gleaming zinc counter, are the main attraction at this handsome Ballard oyster bar. The shucking itself is a work of art. $$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

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Photo by Yannick Grandmont

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