If you like trendy then Barcelona is the destination you need to be visiting this summer.
The Catalan capital is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with everything from glorious architecture, iconic landmarks, suave designer shops at every turn, oh, and a beach – it is the perfect long weekend destination. And if you thought it was a great city during the day then wait until you experience the nightlife.
Barcelona has a hugely diverse and fascinating bar scene with some of the quirkiest and unique watering holes you are likely to find. We’ve picked out some of our favourites that you need in your life.
Dry Martini & Speakeasy
Carrer d’Aribau, 162-166. Nearest Metro: Diagonal
Photo credit: Dry Martini via Flickr.
Where better to start on this cultural tour of Barcelona’s hostelries than with the city’s most famous. Dry Martini & Speakeasy has a reputation for the iconic namesake drink that has passed the world over. Opened as a Martinieria by Don Pere Carbonellni in 1971, taken over by Javier de la Muelas in 1996, it is one of the most elegant spots to enjoy a drink.
While once the Dry Martini was the only option on the menu, it has since expanded and is complimented with an effortlessly cool soundtrack of smooth jazz and soul. You will feel like you have walked into a bar in the middle of the roaring twenties.
Carrer de Joaquin Costa, 33. Nearest Metro: Universitat
Photo credit: Casa Almirall Facebook
From Barcelona’s most famous bar we’re moving on to its oldest. Casa Almirall has been a part of the city’s El Raval district since opening its doors in 1860. With all the feel of a relic from a bygone era it has been beautifully preserved and retains all the bohemian elegance from the 19th century.
Embrace the vibe of this time by ordering an Oliveta, traditional vermouth, or really transport yourself back 150 years with the choice of drink back then, Absinthe.
La Caseta del Migdia
Mirador del Migida. Nearest Metro: Paral-Lel + Funicular
If you want a bar with a view then you are not going to get much better than La Caseta del Migdia. This is more of an adventure than your average watering hole. First of all, it requires a funicular from the Paral-Lel Metro station and a cable car to reach it.
The bar is perched in the woods next to the Montjuïc castle and provides one of the best spots in the city to watch the sunset. Kick back with a jug of sangria and watch the sun disappear beyond the Mediterranean horizon.
Carrer dela Reina Cristina, 7. Nearest Metro: Barceloneta
Photo credit: Robert Brands via Flickr.
Can Paixano brings together beer with another of Barcelona’s best elements – tapas. This quaint suburban bar provides an authentic Spanish experience with a bustling atmosphere and as much jamon (Iberian ham) you can eat.
Shimmy your way to the front of the queue and pair slices of delicious cured meat with a pint of Estrella or a glass of the house favourite cava rose. The best part is that since it is a local favourite, you get real value for money.
Carrer d’en Gignas, 21. Nearest Metro: Barceloneta
Photo credit: Milk Barcelona
Another of Barcelona’s popular hotspots is the Irish-run Milk Bar. Opened in 2005, this is the ultimate hipster hideaway with decor designed to resemble an aristocratic drawing room complete with antique chandeliers and plush sofas.
Perfect for food and drinks, it has an extensive and innovative cocktail menu with house favourites such as La Cucarachas, white and black Russians and pina coladas costing just €5.
Carrer del Tallers, 1. Nearest Metro: Universitat
Photo credit: Boadas Cocteleria
While it may not hold the title of ‘oldest bar in Barcelona’; Boadas Cocteleria is believed to be the oldest cocktail bar in the city. Take a little detour from shopping on La Rambla and step inside Cuban-Catalan Miguel Boadas’ dream establishment he set up in 1933.
At the time it was seen as a somewhat controversial bar as it featured an American style concept during the Spanish Republican. Miguel’s daughter now runs the bar so sit down and enjoy one of its famous daiquiris and embrace the majesty of yesteryear.
Passeig de Gracia, 38-40. Nearest Metro: Passeig
The final stop on our cultural tour of Barcelona’s best bars is something a little special. How would you like to enjoy a drink while having a panoramic view of the city as your backdrop? Well, at Terrat that can become a reality.
Splurge a little on the roof terrace of the swanky 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The top floor is open to non-guests from 6pm to midnight between April and October. Enjoy a glass of champagne and watch the sun go down in one of the romantic settings in the city.
Make Barcelona your playground this summer and tick off these bars as you go. You can secure an amazing deal on long weekends in the Catalan capital by using the deal finder at www.sunmaster.co.uk. Start your search today.