For those in Palma quite partial to one or two cócteles, the kind that come with all sorts of stuff floating around on top and preferably served in a glass big enough to drown a small whale, we’ve done you a favour. A big, bubbly, boozy one. You see we’ve gone out and done all the swilling, sipping and slurping for you. From a ‘Florita Mediterraneo’ to a couple of ‘Violet Hours’: We’ve downed them all and have so (after a serious hangover) come up with this little list of the top three places in Palma to get a more than decent drink!
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1) We start of at Brass Club on Passeig de Mallorca. This corner cocktail club is all class. The well mannered bartenders wear perfectly pressed whites and do their cocktail thang swiftly with stealth and style. They serve classic cocktails, their own concoctions and seasonal specials. We slurped down a Mango Gin Fizz and a Florita Mediterraneo (Aperol, white vermouth, rosemary and Mediterranean essence) which were both bang on. Well, to be expected really as owner Raffa has won more cocktail making prizes than you can shake a swizzle stick at!
They play a Jazzy soundtrack and it has a 1950’s Bond-like vibe. It’s usually busy with a mixed but grown up crowd and as it’s two minutes outside ‘tourist central’ Espagnol is the only language you’ll hear which is quite nice really as some spots in the city are as British as builders tea and butter biscuits!
2) Bypass ‘the-plastic-menu-waving-guys’ outside the sangria serving tourist traps to get to cool, classy Ombu. Ombu is on Placa de la Reina, that’s right, just opposite that ancient olive tree called (you guessed it) Ombu. Nope, you won’t be surrounded by locals and will be hearing mostly English and German but the perfectly executed cocktails more than make up for this. Go for something from the ‘Blow your mind’ section of which especially the ‘Violet Hour’ (Tanqueray, violet syrup, lemon juice & Marraschino) and the ‘Nakens’ made us walk a very fine line between ‘a couple of drinks then home’ and a long, late and possibly messy one..
Ombu’s couldn’t be more central hence the relentless stream of red faced tourists which are kinda fun to watch, especially when holding a cold cocktail with a flower floating on top 😉 Aside from killer cocktails there’s a whole team of chefs in the kitchen cooking and prepping high end tapas of the more contemporary kind. If you’re planning on having food or are wanting a romantic setting the table on the balcony upstairs is not only totally private there’s the added bonus of an awesome view!
3) If you turn right on the top of the Borne you’ll get to bar Weyler and although this place stocks a staggering 25 different types of gin it’s bartender Luis’ concoctions you need to get your paws on. His list of specials is a result of 13 years of testing and tasting and the ‘Smoke Baby’ (Laphroig, grapefruit syrup, coriander, lemon juice and bitters) in particularly made us wonder where it had been our whole life.
Cocktails are made with care and exacting precision by the absurdly capable bartender girls who confirm our suspicion that suspenders and bow ties go hand-in-hand with fabulous drinks! The cocktails, a chilled soundtrack and the fact they stay open till late gives you every excuse to slowly work your way through that list of specials and clean forget you’d previously made plans for dinner.. 😉
We’d love to hear if you’ve been to any of the above bars, what your fav spots are, what you had or indeed how you felt the next day…
Bar Weyler, Plaza Weyler 1, 07001 Palma, No: 679 033 120
OMBU, Plaza de la Reina, 07012 Palma, No: 971 214 387
BrassClub, Passeig Mallorca 34, 07012 Palma, No: 871 715 677