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Few visitors venture into Poble Sec, the largely residential "dry village," so named because it lacked any water supply until the 19th century. The narrow streets and 18th-century buildings that back up the east-facing side of Montjuïc (the mountain wedged between the city and sea) offer little in the way of sights—for years, the main draw was tapas at Quimet & Quimet. Slowly but surely, however, Poble Sec is developing a reputation as a cozy neighborhood studded with intimate bars and restaurants springing up along its backstreets, particularly the Carrer Blai. The reopening of El Molino, an iconic music hall in the style of Paris' Moulin Rouge (99 Carrer Vilà i Vilà) suggests a bright new beginning for the area, as does the appearance of 41°, a cocktail bar from the Adrià brothers.—Updated by Suzanne Wales

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