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Gaze at Barcelona Wine Bar's Endless Reclaimed Wood

[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

It's gleaming wood surfaces as far as the eye can see at the brand new Barcelona Wine Bar in Washington Square, Brookline, located in the former American Craft space. The tapas restaurant, which opened last week, is the eighth in a family that includes locations around Connecticut, plus one in Atlanta, Georgia. With a bar, two dining rooms, and a patio, there's plenty of room for diners to indulge in the lengthy wine menu and choose some small plates to share.

Sharing's what it's all about at Barcelona Wine Bar; the menu consists solely of meat and cheese plates, tapas, and larger entrees served "for the table," such as the paella for two or more ($24.50 per person) or the suckling pig with braised greens ($18 per person). The tapas offerings begin at $3.50 (mixed Spanish olives) and end at $14 (lobster fideos with toasted noodles). In between, there are plenty of classics: patatas bravas, albondigas, boquerones, gambas al ajillo.

Steven Brand is the executive chef for the Brookline location; he previously served as executive chef at UpStairs on the Square for six and a half years.

As for the beverage program, the wine list features a huge number of Spanish options alongside Italian, French, and other wines. There's also a sherry list as well as beer and cocktails. Many of the options are scrawled on giant chalkboards decorating the bar area.

Barcelona Wine Bar is open for dinner seven nights a week, closing at 12:30 AM Sunday through Thursday and 2 AM Friday and Saturday.

· All coverage of Barcelona Wine Bar on Eater [~EBOS~]

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar

1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 617 264 8900 Visit Website

UpStairs on the Square

91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617 864 1933 Visit Website