Barcelona Wine Bar has come to Denver and it is hopping. I originally encountered the concept while living in Atlanta and there are quite a lot of similarities. Denver is actually the 15th location for Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-Batuz’s flagship but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from the line out of the door on a Friday night in RiNo. The wine bar has over 400 selections when it comes to vino and pair that with a Spanish style tapas menu and you have a recipe for success in the Mile High City.
I spent an hour or two a few Fridays ago to check out how the restaurant was doing as there has been a buzz since it has opened. I was greeted to a line that was starting to head out the door. The kitchen was a flurry with activity as the chef constantly called out new orders to his troops. The wait staff didn’t have a moments rest as they deftly maneuvered the crowded space. The bartenders also kept pace as every seat at the wraparound bar was occupied and constantly changing as people pounced on any open spot the moment it became available. There were celebrations with family, date nights and friends hanging out. It was a symphony of organized chaos.