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A Look at BarVale, Adriano Paganini’s New Ode to Spain on Divisadero

Gin tonics, tapas, and paella in a buzzy setting

Hit-maker Adriano Paganini’s newest restaurant has opened, bringing a lively new life to the former Urbano space on Divisadero. The food from chef Patricio Duffoo is Spanish, with an emphasis on tapas like patatas bravas, and boquerones.

Adding a Spanish restaurant to his portfolio was a longtime desire of Paganini, whose other restaurants range from Italian to burgers to Argentine. With BarVale, the restaurateur’s main goal is to emulate the feeling of bars in Spain, where groups of friends gather informally to drink and eat small plates together. Paella by the serving — as opposed to the option of ordering one huge plate of rice that takes 45 minutes — will be available, too. (Check out the menu here.)

With the vibe nearing the importance of the menu, Paganini and his team called in Hannah Collins Design to create an open, colorful interior to match what they hope will be a vibrant, bustling crowd. It’s 65 seats, split between the expansive bar and dining room, with what will likely be highly-covered leather booths in the mix.

The bar will be a big part of that bustling vibe: Bar director Jessica Everett has put together a list of cocktails featuring Spanish sherries and vermouth, plus sangria and kalimotxo (red wine mixed with cola). At BarVale, there will be four gin tonic combinations to hit the main tasting notes of gin, from floral to dry, rather than giving diners an overwhelming long list of obscure spirits to peruse.

Pulpo with fingerling potatoes, olives, pimenton
Croquetas de jamon and patatas bravas
Patricia Chang
Tapas tasting clockwise from top: Boquerones, eggplant escabeche, tortilla española, Basque piquillo peppers with morcilla
Patricia Chang
Sangria with pintxos
Patricia Chang
Drink on the bar at Barvale
Gin tonic
Dining room at BarVale

Starting tonight (December 7), BarVale will open from 5 p.m.- 12 a.m. Sunday- Thursday, and 5 p.m.- 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.


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