Barcelona's Trendiest, Most Charming Wine Bars in and around the City



Barcelona's wine culture is like none other. Where else can you get a glass of delicious Rioja or Ribera Del Duero for only 2 Euros? However far beyond the –economical pluses–, is the vast variety of blends and number of vineyards from which the wines are from. With Catalunya having more than 9 Denominations of Origin (DO) and 1 Denomination of Origin Qualificada (DOQ), it serves for a healthy abundance of wine production across the province. The Priorat, Montsant and Penedes regions, in particular, all create high-quality reds, whites and cavas (Spanish Champagne).

Barcelona's wine bars reflect the country's large variety and eclectic selection. Whether you're in the mood for a professional tasting or just want to have a few glasses with some tapas in a cool and fun setting, there are plenty of great wine bars throughout the city. Be sure to try wines not only from the Rioja but from Galicia, Ibiza and smaller regions such as the Priorat and Ribera del Duero. Both of the latter are emerging as extremely popular regions with full-bodied, quality vintages. Some of their bottles are pricier, as the grape varieties are more scarce with older vines. Mas Doix is a particularly delicious vineyard in the Priorat region. If you can find their lower end bottle (still high-end) Les Crestes, give it a shot!–



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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. They also do private tastings for larger groups if you book in advance.


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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 caviar dishes. This restaurant is divided into various sections. The wine bar at the front is a less formal setting where you can order wine and tapas (off an iPad). The restaurant inside is a more 'upscale' dining experience where you have the same wine selection but a much larger menu.


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Vila Viniteca


 

The largest wine selection in Barcelona can be found at Vilaviniteca. Not only is this a wine shop, but its sister store across the street serves gourmet foods and specialty items including cheeses, caviar, meats, fish and pretty much any and all high-quality food. This is the one stop shop for the best wines in the city and in much of the world. They also provide private wine tastings with some tapas with a French Sommelier. These are great experiences and well worth the money, especially if you're into wine and want to learn a bit more about Spanish as well as international vintages.


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Paladar i Mas


 

A cozy, boutique wine shop in the more 'pijo' (posh) area of Barcelona, Paladar i Mas, is the second of two 'Paladar' wine bars in the city, both of which have a large selection of unique, high-quality wines. The bar acts as a small restaurant as well with tables and couches perfect for enjoying their delicious homemade tapas while having a bottle of wine and enjoying the welcoming and very warm atmosphere. It's right across from several nightclubs so you can kick off the evening with some wine and tapas and then make your way across the street to continue the party.


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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'. Mouthwatering, cheese, wine and caviar dishes make this a rustic yet somehow classy joint. Situated in Poble Sec neighborhood, an out of the way, yet still very central 'barrio' Quimet Quimet, although popular is still slightly undiscovered by the typical tourist. It's a great place to get a feel for Barcelona's diverse tapas scene.


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Viblioteca


 

Trendy, boutique wine and tapas bar in the heart of Gracia, Viblioteca is an intimate restaurant ideal for romantic evenings and perfect for those who appreciate a good bottle of Spanish wine accompanied by quality food. Their menu is extensive including tuna and steak tartar as well as a variety of seafood dishes and the typical Spanish 'pan con tomate' (tomato bread) amongst a host of other tasty tapas. Viblioteca is very small with space for between 15-20 people, so be sure to reserve in advance or get there early especially on weekends. It's in a great area, so you can go bar hopping or clubbing after the meal.


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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 its 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.


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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. Andu is a Gothic Quarter staple and a classic for those looking for the ideal 'date place'. It's dimly lit with a mix of small tables as well as larger areas for big groups, for those who don't feel like having a romantic evening yet still want an intimate setting.


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Sant Gervasi


 

A trendy & classy wine bar in Barcelona's posher district, La Cave features 450 wines from around the world. This one of a kind enotca (wine library) is an oasis for wine lovers and foodies alike. Pair the wines with french cheeses, duck and a host of other high quality foods on the menu. This is a great place to go if you're looking for a 'nicer' experience in an elegant setting. They also do a wonderful food pairing if you want to experience the full effect of Spanish wine and quality tapas. A perfect location to see another side of the city other than the downtown core.


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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. This is a great place to have a drink, either on their outdoor terrace or inside on the main level or upstairs. The upstairs part is small, yet super comfortable.


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