Who doesn’t like spending a nice evening in a bar? Now that you are in Barcelona, you might be wonderig which are the best bars in the city. Here is a selection of our favorites, hand-picked and personally tested!
Address: Carrer Palma de Sant Just, 1 – Gothic Quarter. 93 310 5309
Probably my favourite cocktail bar in the whole city.
It has a vampy 1920’s feel to it, with curvaceous white booths and low, slinky lighting and the right kind of jazz.
Good wine list and excellent cocktails.
Ginger serves the best Manhattan you’ll find in Barcelona.
Address: Carrer Dagueria, 20 – Gothic Quarter
Staying on the topic of Gothic Quarter wine bars, a friend from New York, who spent two months in Barcelona, went absolutely nuts over this place.
It’s a tiny, tiny wine bar off Plaça Sant Just run by a guy called Francesc, and my friend swears it is the best place for a quiet wine date during the week (Francesc takes weekends off).
Address: Carrer Joaquin Costa, 33 – El Raval
Stepping into this bar is a bit of time travel, taking you back to Barcelona of the 1910s.
It is one of the few historical art nouveau bars in town and really preserves its old-world charm in a way that always gives patrons something to talk about.
Wine, beer and long drinks are decent. Apparently they make mojitos, but I’ve never tried one. The atmosphere makes up for shortcomings in the art of mixology.
Address: Carrer Torrijos, 54 – Gracia. 93 284 9590
Hugely popular, funky bar a block down from the Verdi Park cinema.
Shabby chic living room with good music and kung fu movies playing on a TV in the corner, Chatelet is best for a post-movie drink since it gets insanely crowded on weekends.
Drinks are good, so are their sandwiches.
Address: Carrer Poeta Cabanyes, 21 – Poble Sec. 93 442 4985
The name says it all…red lighting, red sofas, even red drinks if you so desire.
A friend of mine who lives up the street from Rouge has made it her local, so much so, in fact, that the bartender named a drink after her.
It’s a place where neighborhood spirit and underground chic lead a happy co-existence.
Address: Carrer Riera Baixa, 22 – El Raval. 93 441 2948
Old world, down to earth, Barcelona charm: it doesn’t get much more authentic than Resolis. Wine and tapas. Small and simple. A touch of modernisme.
Every once in a while, it is essential to have a drink at a place like this and contemplate the rich history of the city we live in…and if you’re visiting, a stop at one of the city’s surviving classics is de rigueur.
Other great modernist bars where memories of Barcelona’s golden age are still palpable: Bar Muy Buenas, Carrer Carme, 63; London Bar, Nou de la Rambla, 34 – both in the Raval.
Address: Carrer Blai, 28 – Poble Sec. 93 442 3080
As soon as the weather gets warmer, I indulge in what I believe to be one of Catalonia’s greatest gifts to the world: fer el vermut. It isn’t just a glass of vermouth; it is a tradition of meeting with friends, having a few olives or tapas and sipping great, homemade vermouth (no comparison with supermarket Martini-brand vermouth).
Bar Ramón on Blai is a perfect spot to gather on a spring or summer afternoon or evening, sit outside and share un bon vermut. (Right around the corner on Poeta Cabanyes is Quimet i Quimet, which might well have the best homemade vermouth in the city…but it’s a tapas bar and therefore doesn’t belong on this list…but it will probably show up on one of these posts in the future…)
La Caseta del Migdia
Address: Mirador del Migdia, Parc de Montjuïc. 617 956 572
Speaking of spring and summer…this might be the ultimate warm weather spot.
The drinks won’t win this bar any prizes, but it’s location is unbeatable for an afternoon in the sun, down tempo beats drifting on the breeze, a cold clara within reach of your deck chair, smell of BBQ in the air…
La Caseta is at the top of Montjuïc, a 10 minute walk from the castle, surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the port. They also serve food on weekends. (June-September, 8pm-2:30am, Thursday to Saturday, noon-1am on Sundays; October-May, noon-7pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Address:Carrer Creu dels Molers, 17 – Poble Sec. 93 443 3243
Tintaroja feels a bit like dancing tango with David Lynch in an old attic. Sofas upholstered in red velvet, forgotten knicknacks, a lit-up globe, surreal paintings, tango playing somewhere in the distance, a stage waiting for a cabaret that never comes.
A decent wine list (including a selection of Argentinean wines), the expected beers and several Argentinean cocktails…but the atmosphere and décor are what really make Tintaroja one of the city’s true originals (note for non-smokers: the bar has several non-smoking spaces that really are smoke-free!)
All pictures – courtesy of TripAdvisor.
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