a dope cocktail bar in via san gregorio :: 8.5/10 :: €8 for cocktail and small tapas dish at aperitivo
For a refreshingly new drinking experience, check out Barba, located at Via San Gregorio 40. This iconic street, already famous for the amazing Gelato Giusto and Osteria del Treno, is now home to one of the best cocktail bars in Milano. Thanks to a collaboration with Mag Cafè and the talented barlady Marianna de Leo, winner of Mixologist season 2, the drinks are superb at Barba. I enjoyed the minimalist design of Barba, which is much different from the average cocktail bar. Other than the bar area, there are several tables at Barba, where you can chill with your friends over a great drink and tapas style food.
To test Marianna's skills, I asked for a Corpse Reviver 2, a classic cocktail with gin, lemon, Lillet, Cointreau and absinthe served in a coupe glass. On average, only about one in five Corpse Reviver's that I order are worthy of the name. It's perhaps even more difficult to make well than a Daiquiri due to the delicate balance required between the sweet and sour components of the drink. To my delight, Marianna's Corpse Reviver was delicious. It was reminiscent of the version Flavio made for me five years ago at Mag, which first got me interested in the world of cocktails. Marianna also prepared a delicious Whisky sour for me. 100% respect!
For aperitivo, Barba offers great finger food to go along with your drink. If you want something more substantial, Barba also makes great panini, salads and tartare dishes.