Barcelona's Trendy, Classy, Funky and Authentic Bars

One area in which Barcelona does not lack, is places to kick back, relax and have a few copas of vino tinto with friends. What makes Barcelona's thriving bar scene so great, is the informal nature of the majority of the locales. Even if you're frequenting one of the city's classier bars, it's hard to find a Barcelona establishment that's 'too cool for school'. You can show up wearing flip flops and a t-shirt and mingle with locals, expats and tourists all together on an outdoor patio, sipping cocktails and cervezas (beer).

Barcelona's bars are usually open from 8pm – 3am or 4am, at which point its best to move onto a club if you're in the mood to keep the party going. Ciutat Vella (Old City) is one of the best places in town to bar hop as most bars are found within close proximity of each other, so if you've had enough at one place you can cross the road and check out another. Passeig Del Born in the Born neighborhood is ripe with vibrant & lively places to grab a drink. No Name Cafe actually serves free tapas from 8pm onwards with every drink that you buy & Pitin bar is another staple in the Born with two stories, a great wine selection in a very relaxing atmosphere.

Right across the way, the Gothic Quarter has an abundance of bars nestled amongst several nightclubs, especially around Plaza Reial; this is always a great choice for a fun evening out. The Eixample district, up from Plaza Catalunya also has an excellent selection of trendy bars, some of which are slightly posher than the ones in the Old City - yet still very unassuming and down to Earth.


Upscale wine bar and restaurant in the heart of the Eixample, Monvinic is for wine lovers and foodies. Featuring a selection of international and Spanish high quality wines, every day they open a selection of thirty wines from around the world,...  Read More

You can't get more authentically Barcelona than Quimet Quimet. Delicious tapas served in a tiny locale where you have to push your way to the counter in order to be heard. Once you're served however, you'll realize that it was definitely worth...  Read More

Excellent wine bar in the heart of the city, La Vinya Del Senyor gives way onto the beautiful Santa Maria Del Mar Church and has a wide range of national and international wines. They also have a few snacks including delicious cheeses and olives...  Read More

Paladar Vinoteca
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An elegant, boutique wine shop, smack in the city center with a diverse and eclectic mix of Spanish as well as international wines. Check out their very cheap Catas (wine tastings) every Friday evening, where you can also order a bit of pica...  Read More

Andu Bar

Romantic, intimate and cozy, this dimly lit wine and tapas bar is tucked away on one of the Gothic Quarters' many side streets. Ideal for dates or a few drinks with friends, it's owned by a Canadian and the service is top notch and so is the...  Read More

Old Town
Bar Pastís

Late in the 1940s, this little bar was opened by two men, Carme Pericás and Quime Ballester. In tribute to the French cabaret singer Edith Piaf, this bar plays only French music and serves only pastís. You can hear live music Sunday through...  Read More

For business people looking for an evening of cocktails and networking, Zsa Zsa is an excellent choice. The bar is dimly lit with constantly changing lighting and is a funky and vibrant bar, created in the 90's. It won the interior design award...  Read More

Ginger Bar

With its hanging disco ball, plush leather seats and wooden tables, many Ginger fans have coined this trendy wine and cocktail bar as an 'airport lounge'. It is however, rather known for it's innovative cocktails, wide selection of amazing wine...  Read More

El Xampanyet

The Xampanyet champagne at this popular nightspot is renowned. Anchovies and other tapas are also available for your dining delight and are a perfect complement to the well-mixed drinks. Situated near the Museu Picasso, El Xampanyet is a classic...  Read More

Belchica Bar specializes in Belgian beer and is ideal for Belgians, expats and locals alike, looking for delicious artisan beer. With its modern interior, it has a purple hue which adds to the dark and intimate setting. Some of their signature...  Read More


Meet Sam Mednick

Sam’s passion for the sea and the mountains makes Barcelona the optimal living destination. 

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