Chicago >Food & Dining > Barcelona
3474 North Clark, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065741.945412 -87.655080
Neighborhoods: Wrigleyville, North Side
RACIST BAR! – My brother was visiting from out of town and we went to the a Sunday Cubs game. We walked down Clark Street and this club was playing "uncut" hip hop music and had a sign with a pretty good deal on it. We thought it would be a nice place to grab a drink and a bite. So my brother and I tried to enter but the bouncer stopped us and said my brother had on shorts and couldn't get in...My brother had on a polo and shorts and he was neatly dressed. Ok this is Aug 8th at about 4pm? Why are shorts inappropriate? So we peered inside the bar and the first guest at the bar had on shorts as did many other young men. So we said those people have on shorts. Then the bouncer said yes, but yours are baggy. MY BROTHERS SHORTS WERE NOT BAGGY AT ALL! This was all about us not getting in because we were black and my brother has dreadlocks. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND THIS RACIST PLACE. Its sad that discrimination and racial profiling exist.
I mean get real? How are you going to be blasting cursing hip hop music and be a bar by Wrigley Field and deny someone who wore shorts to the game because they are black. We took several pictures of all the people who were "wearing shorts".
Anyway, I was so embarrassed that this happened during my brother's visit but we just went to another great bar who would accept money from black people and had a blast! :P
The first trip I made to Chicago included a stop at Bar Celona...and I've made it a must stop for every return trip to the city! The wait staff was super friendly, we had gotten there before the late night hour rush hit, but they still made sure to check on us. Plus, the sangria's really are the best!!
Clark Street's Latin "tasca" bar serves good, reasonably priced eats and drinks. – The Scene
Spicy Bar Celona adds an exotic element to its Cubs-heavy Wrigleyville strip with a sassy, casual Latin feel and fare. Owner Adolfo Garcia has equipped the modern space with loungey touches such as a large flat-screen TV, zebra-patterned fur lining the bar and heavy-duty mirrors. Singles mingle while young couples on first dates fill the tall leatherette stools and seated dining area in back.
Tapas selections like camaron (wine and garlic-sauteed shrimp) and hongos (mushroom and pesto) hail from Spain, Mexico and California--more importantly, they're delicious and big enough for two. Good paninis, salads and tacos are also available. The full bar churns out plenty of flavored martinis, beer and wine, but sangria is the house specialty. Margaritas offer more kick and flavor in many varieties, including traditional--frozen or rocks--or sweeter strawberry and raspberry.
Sangria, sangria, sangria – Thank you for bringing something affordable other than beer and hot dogs to Wrigleyville dining. The food is good, and you can't go wrong with the sangria!
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