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Aguja Taberna – Hole in the Wall Bar

Hole in the Wall Defined

Here is a prime example of “Hole in the wall”. Rushing here and there, I’ve passed the Aguja on several occasions – I ‘ve always noted, almost subconsciously, that it seems to bustle just a little more crowded than other places on the block; however, I was always in too much of a hurry to stop by and check it out.

When I finally took the time to do so, I immediately understood what all the fuss was about.

The first thing I noticed was that behind the bar they dedicate much more space to their LP music collection than alcohol; in truth alcohol gets a bit shoved to the side – ya know, priorities.

The music selection, meticulously collected, ranges from garage punk to soul to jazz and is just as meticulously cared for. In between taking my order and delivering it, the bartender took time to carefully remove the record from the turntable, dust it, put it in its slip, slip it in its sleeve, and carefully place it back on the shelf – like I say priorities.

These people aren’t out to make a buck, they’re here to create an atmosphere.

The bar, which is painted purple and orange, is decidedly laid back. Old music posters and a wall-size black and white photo of Andy Warhol’s Factory set the tone. Comfy padded benches line the walls and the clientele lounge and chat accordingly.

The crowd is mid to late twenties. In general, they are somewhere between laid back and expressive but no where near uptight. The vibe is very neighborhood – not a place to see or be seen just a soulful place to chill.

If sticky counters and mismatched furniture offend you, avoid this place at all costs. On the other hand, if musical variety and down-to-Earth people are your thing, you know where to go.

Aguja Taberna

Calle del Avenida Maria 25

Metro: Anton Martin, Lavapies

915 277 950

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