Don’t be fooled by the laid-back attitude: though Two Schmucks, in Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood, calls itself the “five star dive bar,” it’s anything but low-rent when it comes to service and taste. Currently ranked #26 of the World’s 50 Best Bars, what started as a pop-up series has become a hot new fixture of Barcelona’s cocktail scene and a must-visit destination.
Few can mix a drink like Two Schmuck’s world-class team, but for those unable to reach Catalonia anytime soon, they’ve shared some of their best mixology advice for home bartenders.
“Entertaining people in your own home can be a very personal experience depending on who you are,” said Moe Ajaff, one of Two Schmucks’ co-founders. “Many bartenders swear that they treat guests at their bar the same as they treat guests in their own home, but still, when someone is in the space where you cook naked, do awkward dances and funny faces in front of a mirror, it’s just not the same.”
His point of view on hospitality comes from his mother, a “strong Middle Eastern woman” who would scold Ajaff if he ever failed to offer his friends drinks and food when they visited.
“What she instilled in me was this: no matter where you’re hosting your guests, never have them needing anything,” Ajaff said. “Always leave their bellies full and their thirsts quenched. These, I feel, are the basics for hosting people in your home.”
Read on, then shake up a delicious cocktail to sip while you plan your next trip to Spain.