6 Best Barcelona Cocktail, Wine, and Vermouth Bars
Sor Rita • La Ribera
The leopard-print wallpaper and Barbie lamps at this kitschy bar were inspired by Pedro Almodóvar films and the irreverent theme continues throughout – from the original cocktails to offbeat weekly events such as tarot readings on Mondays.
Map • +34 931 76 62 66
Zona D’Ombra • Barri Gòtic
A wine shop with over 300 wines and a wine bar attached, Zona D’Ombra is a great place to acquaint yourself with a couple dozen Catalunyan wines by the glass, accompanied by classic tapas (cheese platters, marinated sardines…).
Map • +34 935 00 58 02
Boadas • El Raval
Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar has a timeless elegance about it, as well as professional, bow-tied bartenders who’ll mix you a Fantasia or a Dracula. Hemingway used to hang here.
Map • +34 933 18 95 92
Bar Marsella • El Raval
This dedicated absinthe bar has been around since 1820 and the decor looks like it hasn’t changed since. You’ll soon be propping up the counter just like Hemingway once did. Drip the mineral water over the sugar cube provided into your absinthe glass for that sweet, warm buzz.
Map • +34 934 42 72 63
Bitter Cocktail Bar • Sant Antoni
Stylish bar popular for late-night drinks, with a lounge out back. Expertly prepared signature cocktails (try Bamboo, Adonis, or Catamaran Cooler), DJ sets on weekends, and decent bar nibbles, including generous grilled sandwiches.
Map • +34 935 32 71 99
Tandem Cocktail Bar • Eixample
Long, windowless cocktail bar going strong for over 30 years, with velvet bar stools and a loyal clientele. Bartenders in white tuxedo jackets are particularly good at mixing classic cocktails. Laidback ambiance; ideal for a date or tête-à-tête.
Map • +34 934 51 43 30
4 Best Barcelona Craft Beer Bars
BlackLab Brewhouse • Barceloneta
Barcelona’s first brewhouse inside the historic Palau del Mar. There are nine homebrews on tap, including a passionfruit IPA and German-style pilsner. Offbeat seasonal offerings, such as the coconut toffee stout, plus a lively kitchen sizzling with burgers.
Map • +34 932 21 83 60
Ølgod • El Raval
With 30 craft brews on tap from Denmark, the rest of Scandinavia, Catalonia, and the UK, this Norse mythology-themed bar brings a touch of beery sophistication to bohemian El Raval. Creative beer cocktails and well-priced tapas, too.
Map • +34 934 43 90 82
Kælderkold • Barri Gòtic
This Danish-run, intimate craft “beertopia” has 15 regularly rotating beers on tap, with a particularly good selection of Scandinavian brews. There’s always pils and weizenbier on tap, and you can also go for a beer cocktail.
Map • +34 932 77 96 71
Garage Beer Co • Eixample
One of Barcelona’s original craft beer breweries, with mismatched furniture and a tap room open daily for tastings of beers brewed on-site as well as guest beers from Catalonia and beyond. Of their own, IPAs (Loose, Virtue Signals, Soup) and DIPA (Hærdball) are particularly good. Good bar food, lively in the evenings.
Map • +34 935 28 59 89
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