6 Best Tapas Bars in Barcelona
Tickets • Eixample
Owned by Albert, the brother of Catalan superstar chef, Ferran Adrià, this is a circus-themed tapas bar with the most creative tapas you’re ever likely to taste – a globally-inspired world tour in a few dishes. It’s a casual, informal, buzzy place, and the only tapas bar in town that you have to book online two months in advance.
Map • +34 932 92 42 52
La Alcoba Azul • Barri Gòtic
Tiny, candlelit bar with low ceilings and medieval stone walls. Squeeze in for good tapas – morcilla, tostas (open-topped sandwiches), patatas bravas – and plenty of wines by the glass.
Map • +34 933 02 81 41
Bar Pinotxo • El Raval
Arguably the best tapas counter bar in La Boquería market, going strong for over 70 years. Just look at the platters along the counter and ask the bow-tied owner, Juanito Bayen, about the daily specials such as truita de carfoxes (artichoke omelet), botifarra (grilled Catalan sausage), bacallà amb Samfaina (codfish with ratatouille), and cap i pota (veal head and leg). Busy, fun, quick meal. Cash only.
Map • +34 933 17 17 31
Euskal Etxea • La Ribera
Super-busy Basque tapas bar, with a great variety of pintxos (tiny, elaborate tapas layered on slices of bread) piled high on the counter. Choose the ones you want and keep the toothpicks for the staff to count. Wash them down with a crisp txakoli (Basque white wine). Mostly standing room.
Map • +34 933 10 21 85
Tapas, 24 • Eixample
A gourmet spin put on classic tapas by superstar chef Carles Abellan. Feast on McFois burgers, bikinis (ham and cheese toasties with truffles), slow-cooked oxtail, and more. Book ahead.
Map • +34 934 88 09 77
Viana • Barri Gòtic
Vintage decor, internationally-inspired tapas (burrata with guacamole, slow-cooked beef cheeks, cod in blood orange sauce), carefully chosen wines, and great service. Of the house cocktails, the signature blackberry mojito is a winner.
Map • +34 934 63 82 95
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