OCAÑA.

Este pasado sábado fuimos a tomarnos una copa a Ocaña, nuevo espacio de ocio en Plaza Real. Aunque no llegamos a probar el restaurante, la “apotheke” (coctelería y lounge)  o la cafetería, sí que tuvimos acceso a su club, que nos sorprendió gratamente.

El lugar en sí ya inspira “buen rollo” y si te gusta mezclarte con gente canalla de todas las edades y nacionalidades, este es tu sitio. Sonaban ritmos hip hoperos y vimos más de uno con mucho arte bailando.

Nos llamó especial atención el diseño interior, y tras investigar un poco, resulta que tiene mucha historia. Y si añadimos que la mente tras el local es la misma que creó El Plata de Bigas Luna en Zaragoza, nos podemos imaginar que la programación será interesante.

Recomendable este artículo de Informativos.net para el que quiera saber un poco más:

http://www.informativos.net/reportajes/el-ocana-reinventa-el-concepto-gastronomico-y-de-ocio-de-la-belle-epoque-en-la-plaza-reial-de-barcelona_53844.aspx

Y por supuesto la propia web de Ocaña, que incluye una introducción de la propietaria, Joaquina Laguna.

La próxima vez habrá que probar su coctelería en Apotheke.

This Saturday we went to Ocaña, a new place on famous Plaza Real, offering a café, cocktail bar, restaurant and club.

Although we only got to try the club located underground, it positively surprised us. Hip hop tunes made an eclectic crowd dance (and some of them seemed to come straight from a talent show) and a stunning interior design, with lots of history, created an indeed cool setting.

Here we copy the introduction by the owner, which we found on Ocaña’s website:

“Ocaña is named in honour of the infamous José Pérez Ocaña who spent 12 years living next door. Located at numbers 13-15 on the Plaça Reial – one of the city’s most emblematic plazas – the listed building was bought by the Laguna family in 1992 and they spent the next twenty years conceptualising what it would become.

Finally, after eight years of extensive renovation the building has been restored to its former glory with many of the original features in tact. During the process an interior evocative of the belle époque was discovered complete with gilded pillars, hardwood parquet floors and 1930s bar panels, and thanks to the meticulous restoration of Albert Guilleumas and Mireia Campañá the original spirit of the place has slowly come back to life.

New additions to the interior are the vision of Joaquima Laguna who is an avid collector of cultural artefacts from around Spain. The wonderful wooden pews arranged around the balconies in the restaurant came from an amateur theatre company in the small village of Westendorf, Bavaria. While the wood outside the kitchen was salvaged from a 16th century church near León.

The lighting concept is by Odile Soudant of the Lumières Studio, Paris. The café is particularly dramatic with its large-scale lustred chandeliers designed by Dominique and Didier Pic of Les Pic Original. Joaquima discovered them in a flea market in Paris. The Medea café chairs are by Italian designer Vittorio Nobili.

The most dramatic space is the Apotheke cocktail bar with its ornately carved and painted wood panels reminiscent of Islamic interiors. In fact these were salvaged from a pharmacy in Vitoria (Pais Vasco), a nod to the Orientalist style that was fashionable at the start of the 20th century.

‘We wanted to create a candy-box for the senses: the kind of place where anything could happen, but also somewhere you feel completely at home.’

Joaquina Laguna, Owner”