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With the festive season fast approaching, it’s time to look out for places to raise a glass with friends. In Barcelona you’ll find innovative and alluring bars to have a celebratory tipple. A new wave of mixologists have introduced bold colours, exciting textures, scintillating aromas and, most of all, imagination to the glass. Enjoy.

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In the elegant Banker’s Bar, inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel (www.mohg.com/barcelona) on Passeig de Grácia,you’ll find impressive movers and shakers behind the bar. Drinkers at the Banker’s Bar love the more unusual combinations which are highlighted by variations in texture and an astute perception of how to combine, what could be described as, unusual bedfellows. A good example is the Devil’s Horn – a spicy concoction using dark rum, macerated raspberries, red jalapeño chillies and topped off with a drizzle of honey.

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Another must try is the Cubajito – a tribute to the three great rum-based cocktails – the Cuba Libre, the Mojito and the Daiquiri. After the main ingredients have been blended, the ‘coup de grâce’ comes from beaten Coca Cola foam. The airy foam is poured into the top of the glass over the back of a spoon. As you drink this heavenly concoction you’ll notice the fresh scent of the mint, the tang of the lemon and the rich flavour of the rum.

Perched on the 26th floor of the W Hotel, (www.w-barcelona.com) at beachside Barceloneta, and offering spectacular views of the coastline from the floor to ceiling windows is Eclipse. Mixologist Emmanuel Duran uses fresh fruit juices and herbs to infuse the spirits with natural aromas which are then topped off with mixers to create truly memorable beverages.

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The 27-year-old barman believes fresh is best. His signature cocktail, the Watermelon Martini, is a refreshing mix of vodka and freshly squeezed watermelon juice served with a wedge of the same fruit in the glass. Those who are keen to learn how to create delicious cocktails at home should sign up for a cocktail master class where some of the trade secrets will be passed on by Emmanuel.

Also beachside is the newly renovated Frank’s Bar, named after Frank Gehry and situated in the contemporary-styled Hotel Arts. (www.hotelartsbarcelona.com) at Puerto Olímpico. If you like your drinks with a feminine touch, this is the place. In charge of the elegant bar is Irina de Filipa. Her philosophy is simple, to use traditional recipes as the base and then give them a modern twist. The perfect example of her style is the Cucumberjito; a refreshing mix of gin, cucumber pulp and mint. Those who love Gin and Tonics shouldn’t miss the eight special varieties which are infused with subtle flavours such as green apple, or honey and halved grapes to provide a slightly sweeter drink.