1. Old Fashioned This gin and cocktail bar really lives up to its name with smooth jazz and funk tunes and an intimate atmosphere. The friendly barmen are expert mixologists and at €7-€10 per cocktail, you can try a few. Make one the Old Fashioned – but beware, it’s pretty strong!
2. Cafè de l’Òpera
Opposite the Opera House in Las Ramblas, Cafè de l’Òpera is a 1920s dream. Having seated many famous artists and intellectuals (Salvador Dalí used to drink here), you know you’ve found a real gem of a bar.
The chandeliers and faded mirrors give an air of antique nouveau decadence and the outside seating area is perfect for people watching. There’s a great selection of bottled beers and spirits, and the hot chocolate and churros come highly recommended!
3. La Caseta Del Migdia
La Caseta is a hidden paradise up in the woods of Montjuïc. To get there it’s a 10 minute walk from the 55 bus stop, or if you fancy the scenic route you can take a trek from the cable car.
La Caseta is the best spot in the city to watch the Barcelona sunset. Lit with candles and fairy lights, you can relax in hammocks in the trees while a cabaret act or DJ set entertains. The drinks are reasonably priced and if you get peckish, there’s a barbecue offering grilled chicken, butifarra (Catalan sausage), and other tasty treats.
4. Pub Fiction
The cleverly named Pub Fiction is known for the best mojitos in Barcelona. This quirky but cool bar serves an endless list of mojitos including strawberry, tropical, melon and cinnamon. Ask the friendly bar staff to make a suggestion, but as these cocktails are just €5 each with the third free, it’s tempting to try as many flavours as you can handle.
5. Rubi Bar
With its deep red lighting and chilled 60s music, Rubi Bar is seriously atmospheric. There are over 50 different gins to try; we recommend the balsamic and black pepper gin and tonic for something a little different, or the homemade strawberry-mint gin for a sweet treat.
6. Tinta Roja
Tinta Roja is a tango bar in Poble Sec. Designed like a 1940s Buenos Aires dance hall or a seductive cabaret circus, the high ceilings, red velvet curtains, erotic paintings and fairy lights make it look like something out of Moulin Rouge. Come to watch trapeze artists and spoken-word poetry or join in on some sizzling tango dancing.
7. Harlem Jazz Club
Unwind to the sweet sound of jazz in the centre of the gothic quarter. Performances including 80s-90s covers and Cuban music go perfectly with the intimate and raw atmosphere of Harlem Jazz Club. The €6-7 cover charge is well worth it for the performances alone.
Ginger, in the heart of the Gothic quarter, is two bars in one, a cocktail bar on one side and a wine-tasting bar on the other. Dark wood chic and retro, low lit interior complements the delicious homemade tapas and classic cocktails. Try a passion fruit daiquiri or a Ginger Pimm’s cocktail for a mouth-watering experience.
9. Mind the Gap
This list wouldn’t be complete without at least one tapas bar, and after all those beers, cocktails and glasses of wine, you’ll be craving a plate of Barcelona’s finest snack.
Mind the Gap is a late night cocktail and tapas bar with a hip vibe, funky beats and low lights, perfect for a spot of midnight drunk food. This is no kebab fix though; these tapas are modern and creative with a gourmet look.