In the nineteenth century what is today the Barceloneta dock was called Moll de la Riba, boats were tied up and donkeys carried loads up and down. It was in this maritime atmosphere where the first ‘pudes’, old dockside warehouses converted into makeshift taverns with unhygienic conditions, were installed.


In the ‘pudes’ the freshly caught fish were cooked but above all it was where fishermen, port workers and people from the underworld were partying and having fun. These old warehouses were built under the sea wall, taking advantage of the different levels, making them them damp and poorly ventilated spaces.