Where to Drink in Barcelona
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
Carrer d'Aribau, 67, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
A few steps from Barcelona's Plaça Universitat, sit down to a hot drink and buttered toast for breakfast. Midday, the fixed price menu is inexpensive (usually around 10 euros) and features creative, tasty fare like macaroni with celery and squash...
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 33, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
The Catalan capital has plenty of places to cozy up with your loved one and enjoy your drink of choice, be it a meaty Tarragona red or a café carajillo—the Spanish spin on Irish coffee. Lean your elbows on the marble tables of Casa Almirall,...
Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
It doesn’t get more traditionally Spanish than tapas and vermouth, and Arola offers a great introduction to both. Reserve a table on the breezy terrace—with views of the ocean and Frank Gehry’s iconic fish sculpture—and...
Carrer dels Tallers, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Founded in 1933, Boadas remains one of Barcelona's most elegant bars. It's fun to put on your Sunday best, perch on one of the high stools, and sip your favorite cocktail, prepared carefully, right in front of you. Open hours are from noon to 2am....
Carrer d'Aribau, 162, 08036 Barcelona, Spain
I'm not too much on cocktails, but I am a curious person, so when I read in a local magazine that Dry Martini (which of course I had heard of because it's been around for over 30 years) was classed amongst the 25 best drink bars in the world and...
Ronda de la Universitat, 35, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Catch some live music—generally jazz—or just settle into one of the comfy chairs or booths with an elegant cocktail. Drinks are on the expensive side for Barcelona, but come with salty bar snacks like potato chips and mini-croissants....
Carrer Ample, 46, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Enjoy a banging soundtrack of hard rock and heavy metal at The Bollocks. Snap shots of the motorcycle hanging from the ceiling, and walls covered in rock-related graffiti and memorabilia. Order up some cheap beer (it's always served with free...
Carrer de les Sitges, 5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
The menu is nothing special when it comes to price or variety, but the reasonably priced sangria and the atmosphere are hard to beat in this centrally located tavern frequented by students and young people. The owners now have another much larger...
Plaça Reial, 17, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Enjoy an evening of live music in Jamboree's Jazz Club and literally dance all night (if you so prefer) in Jamboree's dance club, open until 5am weeknights and 6am Fridays and Saturdays. This is one of the better places in Barcelona for dancing if...
Rambla de Catalunya, 2-4, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
With different themes for different nights of the week, as well as rooms of the club blasting various styles of music, City Hall has something to offer most music-lovers in a beautiful theater-like setting. That said, like so many dance clubs in...
Diputacion, 233, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Arena is a gay-friendly group of discos and bars in Barcelona's Eixample neighborhood. Weekends, Arena Classic is a good place to dance to older hits, and Arena VIP ( plays a mixture of old and new popular music. There is an entry fee (it's...
Carrer de Milans, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
The best thing about the Manchester Bar's two locations in the Gothic Quarter, and Raval (Valldonzella 40) is the selection of music by greats like Bowie, Radiohead, The Arctic Monkeys and The Talking Heads. The drinks are reasonably priced and...
Calle Consell de Cent, 245 Bis, 08011 Barcelona, Spain
Cozy up to a drink and small plates in this unusually elegant game-themed bar in Barcelona's Gaixample (Gay+ Eixample) neighborhood. The pizzas are small but tasty, cocktails are reasonably priced and expertly mixed and patrons can play backgammon...
Passatge de la Banca, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
In a city far, far away, where the party goes on until the wee hours of the morning and the Latin vibe is in full swing, lies a very mysterious place A place tucked away in a small side street in the shadow of the bustling boulevard. A place where...
Carrer de Calàbria, 208, 08029 Barcelona, Spain
At La Botiga D'En Tonet, shop for wines from Catalonia and the rest of the world as well as beers and spirits. If you've got a yen for an Italian Chianti, a German Riesling, or a Portuguese Vinho Verde, this is the shop for you. Prices are...
Wash down traditional tapas like Spanish omelet or breaded calamari with the bar's exclusive beer, Premium La Llibertària, or sip your favorite gin tonic and munch on the bar's specialty, a tripe sandwich. Opening hours are Monday through Thursday...
During the day have a quiet drink with a friend or a good book on the terrace. Tea-drinkers should note that they have a much wider selection of teas than in many Barcelona cafés. Weekend evenings, come for the dancing and the cocktails. For more...
This cozy bar in Barcelona's San Antoni neighborhood's got it all. It's on the ground floor of a historic Modernista building, the interior of the bar itself is cozy and comfortable and the drinks and tapas are cheap and well-prepared. Open from...
Carrer del Bruc, 97, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
Noted as one of the most successful bars in Barcelona, the Dow Jones bar has taken the concept of the New York Stock Exchange and created somewhat of a drinking game in what would appear to be an orthodox European bar. As you order your favorite...
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