Down The Rabbit Hole Wines have done it again. Yes, the local winery held yet another amazing pop-up wine bar over three days last weekend.
This time, DTHR showed us the goods with a fabulous Boho Barcelona themed fitout of the Producer’s Bar in the Adelaide CBD. Upon entry, we are approached by a doorman dressed in Spanish-inspired red velvet and roses, with a gentlemanly top-hat to finish.
“Welcome, please step this way,” he bellows, pulling aside the curtain and showing us through the notorious ‘rabbit hole’ cut into a brick wall.
We step into what is known to us as the Boho Barcelona Pop-Up Cellar Door and Bar, and the sight is downright magnificent. The Producer’s Bar, fairylit to a T, was turned into a blissful and relaxing hangout for Boho Barcelona attendees, sitting on pillows and soft carpets in an intimate space or enjoying a boogie to bouncy, live music by the stage.
At each corner is wine within reach (for what is a pop-up wine bar without wine!); two bars and a decadent wine-tasting room offer fruity sangria in a quirky, patterned mug or teapot, as well as a tasteful selection of the Down The Rabbit Hole fine wines including a 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2015 Friends & Lovers Rose, a 2014 Shiraz and a 2014 Tempranillo.
But before we get the chance to grab ourselves a glass of red or two, we are taken aback by the abundance of food on offer. A selection of Spanish tapas draws us in, plates and boards spread eloquently across a seemingly endless, wooden table. And for foodies like us, boy, was this a treat.
We help ourselves, trying each of the eight tapas combinations: Jamon, Prosciutto and Melon, Steak and Chimmichurri, Anchovy, Green Pepper and Olive, Chorizo and Manchego Cheese, Baked Apple and Manchego Cheese, Spanish Omlette and Ricotta, Roast Capsicum and Olives.
A favourite was the prosciutto and melon, an unconventional yet unspeakably appetising pairing whereby sweet and savoury compliment one another in the strangest of ways. Another would have had to be the tender-cooked steak and spicy chimmichurri served on fresh bread, as one cannot go wrong with this classic combination. But, praise the almighty heavens, the menu did not stop at pintxos.
Boho Barcelona alternatively offered a traditional Spanish plate, the Paella: a savoury rice dish which came in the two choices, vegetarian and chicken. Patatas Bravas (or as we know it in layman’s terms: hot chips) were a tasty snack in between paella and tapas, with crunchy, chocolate-coated Churros for dessert.
Having spent a week in the beautiful Barcelona ourselves just one month ago, the event brought back a flood of unforgettable memories (mainly of that incredible Spanish cuisine!!) and it is safe to say that Boho Barcelona certainly lived up to its name.