Sangría, vermouth, rioja, and cava with cured ham on snack sized sliced of bread, salted almonds, garlic, tomatoes, and olives. Add tradition, color, and liveliness plus amazing architecture to those bite sized, crunchy, salty snippets of flavor and sweet cool sips on sunny terraced afternoons and there's nowhere you would rather be than in Barcelona. Want to make the best of the best of it? Then check out our selection of the best bars in Barcelona for traditional food and drinks.
Can Paixano- La Xampanyería
Cataluña is well known for its sparkling cava and stopping by La Xampanyería, near the Barceloneta area, to try some is a must. The famous traditional bar is always buzzing and is also a great place to snack on some tapas or small sandwiches made with the hams and butifarra that add to the character of the lively locale. Carrer de la Reina Cristina 7, Barcelona.
Also in the Barceloneta area, this colorful bar where young and old gather in the afternoon on weekends to listen to live guitar music and drink vermouth and claras (lemon soda spiked beer) has a vibrant atmosphere and is covered in clippings and photographs of Bambino (Miguel Vargas Jimenez), a singer and dancer from Sevilla. Carrer Sant Carles, 34. Barcelona.
PALAU DALMASES ESPAI BARROC
Another venue to catch live flamenco concerts is this hidden palace in front of the Picasso museum in El Born. The atmosphere of the bar is unique as only an art filled palace can be, and the bar is open until 1 am on weekdays and 3 am on weekends. Carrer de Montcada, 20, Barcelona.
Credited by some to make the best sangria in the World, this small tapas bar just off Avenida Diagonal, is elegant, classy, and well stocked. To get a better feel of what we’re talking about, check out the quirky cinematographic spots they have uploaded to their webpage here. And after some tapas, try getting into Mutis, their exclusive speakeasy on the top floor. Pau Clarís nº 192, Barcelona.
This typical Catalan Modernist bar is over one hundred years old and preserves the antique charm of its age, not only in its décor but also in its drinks, including the traditional Oliveta vermouth, absinth, wines and caves. Joaquin Costa 33, Barcelona.
La Vinya del Señor
Not only does this beautiful wine bar offer a great selection of Spanish and wines to sample and savor, it is also located in front of the Santa María del Mar basilica which is a stunning gothic church in El Born. Placa Santa María 5, Barcelona.
Bodegueta Cal Pep
Located in the Sants area, this typical bodega is the perfect place for a less crowded vermouth with a very authentic traditional Spanish feel. Stop by for a glass of wine or cava and tapas during the daytime hours. Carrer de Canalejas 12, Barcelona.
The great thing about Bar Seco in Poble Sec is that it offers great vermouth and tapas options, plus vegetarian food and all made with fresh organic products as they focus on sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Passeig de Montjuic 74, Barcelona.