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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.

 


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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, all available for wine tastings or to drink with mouth watering tapas, cheese and cavier dishes. This is a bar and restaurant, however it often serves as a bar and lounge especially during happy hour on the weekdays. Attracting a more upscale and business crowd, Monvinic is an ideal locale if you're looking to impress, or discover delectable new wines from around the world.

Recommended for Bars because: The most extensive wine list in the city with personal ipads for each table

Sam's expert tip: Ask to use their computers to select the wines you want to taste

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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 the 'struggle'. Mouth watering, cheese, wine and cavier dishes make this a rustic yet somehow classy joint. Located in Poble Sec, the city's fastest up and coming neighborhood, once you're finished dining and drinking at Quimet Quimet, take a short stroll to 41 Degrees (Ferran Adria's newest creation) for late night cocktails, surrounded by trendy people and delicious, innovative drinks.

Recommended for Bars because: A fun way to eat tapas standing up and packed like sardines. Not to be missed

Sam's expert tip: Get ready to stand while you eat as there are no seats available.

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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 and a great outdoor patio. Their upstairs is small with a few tables but it overlooks the church and all of the people eating at its doorstep. Be sure to check out their patio during the summer as it sits directly in front of the Church steps and is a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Recommended for Bars because: A hip restaurant in the Born, with a wide variety of tapas and drinks

Sam's expert tip: Ask for their selection of Malbec wines

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Paladar Vinoteca


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 pica (food) with your vino. Spain's wines are world-renowned, from the Rioja to Ribera Del Duero to the Penedes regions, there is never a shortage of delicious wines from which to choose and this quaint wine shop has an excellent selection in a chic yet unassuming atmosphere. Be sure to ask for a private wine tasting or to join a group every day after 6pm.

Recommended for Bars because: Tasty tapas mixed with delicious wines this is a fun and lively wine bar

Sam's expert tip: Great venue for private parties or a private wine tasting with a group of friends

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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 food. The bar has a great selection of comfy couches and tables and ideal for groups of friends who want a large space with little interruption. Andu's wine list is also quite extensive and includes dessert wines as well as a few international bottles. Their food is limited to tapas but their cheese plate is quite yummy.

Recommended for Bars because: The best late night bar in the Gotico for romantic dates or groups of friends

Sam's expert tip: They have an excellent selection of Ribera Del Duero

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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 Thursday evenings around eleven. This unique bar is full of character and although it's 'very French' it's still a true reflection of an authentic Barcelona Bar. Situated in the Raval neighborhood, Bar Pastis has a mostly local clientele, yet is greatly appealing to tourists, who are of course always welcome so join for some Pastis and enjoy a bit of live music.

Recommended for Bars because: For those looking for an authentic French vibe this is the place to go

Sam's expert tip: Try their beer on tap

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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 in 1994 and has since become a staple and model for which other bars wish to copy. Zsa Zsa is a mix of sophistication and class combined with an unassuming vibe, ideal for the first drink of the night or for spending a few hours chatting with friends and dancing until you drop. It's situated in the Eixample neighborhood.

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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 and high quality tapas. This is a Barcelona gem, ideal for weekend adventures, intimate drinks and lively evenings on the town. Ginger is nestled behind Plaza Sant Jaume, in Plaza San Jus a little hard to find if you don't know where to look, but once you stumble upon it you'll be sure to mark the spot and keep on coming back for more.

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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 Barcelona staple; rustic tables, 'greasy' authentic tapas and a variety of Spanish wines, it's a fantastic experience for locals looking to get a genuine feel for the the city's bar and tapas scene. Xampanyet's tables are small and the bar itself is fairly narrow, so if you're going with a large group be sure to make reservations in advance; in order to avoid lines.

Recommended for Bars because: A Barcelona 'must', an authentic place to meet locals and drink cheaply

Sam's expert tip: Go VERY early to get a table as it's small with limited seating

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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 beers include Rochefort, Orval, Tripel karmeliet, Chimay, Westmalle and Val Dieu Tripel. Even if you're not into Belgian brews, try their Irish Stouts and their bottled American beers. With over 40 different bottles and four on tap, Belchica Bar has an excellent selection. They also feature Belgian and Spanish tapas which are delicious and are a mixture of greasy spoon and gastro.

Recommended for Bars because: Delicious Belgian brews in the Eixample neighborhood, hard to find elsewhere

Sam's expert tip: Ask for their specialty bottled beers not on the menu

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