Drinking & Nightlife

  • Paradiso Glamorous, cavernous, speakeasy-style cocktail bar.
  • Guzzo Relaxed bar with great DJs and live music and tables outside on a Born square.
  • La Caseta del Migdia An open-air charmer, hidden high among the trees on Montjuïc.
  • Sor Rita Join festive crowds in a whimsical Almodóvar-esque world.
  • El Xampanyet Sip cheap pink cava and munch on a bacon sandwich in this convivial classic.
  • Dry Martini This elegant drinking den serves perfect martinis and goldfish-bowl-sized gin and tonics.

Wine Lovers

  • Viblioteca A small modern space famed for its wine (and cheese) selections.
  • Perikete A large and lively wine bar in Barceloneta.
  • Monvínic With a staggering 3000 varieties of wines, you won't lack for options.
  • La Vinya del Senyor Long wine list and tables in the shadow of Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar.

Absinthe

  • Bar Marsella Lots of tipplers have sipped at this historic spot, including Hemingway.
  • Absenta A colourful and festive spot to have a glass of the 'green fairy' in Barceloneta.
  • Bar Pastís A quirky, cabinet-sized drinking den with a dreamy assortment of absinthe.

Beer

  • BlackLab Creative microbrewery near the waterfront.
  • La Cervecita Nuestra de Cada Día A Poblenou brew bar for beer nerds.
  • Napar BCN The glitzy space makes an upmarket setting for sipping beers made on-site.
  • Cat Bar Microbrews and vegan burgers make a winning combo in El Born.
  • El Drapaire Atmospheric tapas and creative microbrew joint in El Raval.

Cocktails

  • Paradiso Walk through a fridge to this glam speakeasy.
  • Balius Beautifully mixed elixirs in Poblenou.
  • Elephanta The place to linger over a creative concoction.
  • Dry Martini Expertly made cocktails in a classy setting.
  • Boadas An iconic drinking den that's been going strong since the 1930s.

Old-World Ambience

  • Raïm Old-fashioned tavern with more than a hint of Havana.
  • Cafè de l'Ópera Serving opera-goers and passers-by for decades.
  • Bar Marsella History lives on in this 1820 watering hole.
  • Bar Pastís Atmospheric little bar with the warble of French cabaret tunes playing overhead.
  • Casa Almirall Step back into the 1860s inside this atmospheric drinking den.

Dancing

  • Marula Cafè Barri Gòtic favourite for its lively dance floor.
  • Sala Apolo Gorgeous dance hall with varied programme of electro, funk and more.
  • Moog A small Raval club that draws a fun, dance-loving crowd.
  • Antilla BCN The top name in town for salsa lovers.
  • City Hall A legendary Eixample dance club.

Bohemian Hang-outs

  • Gran Bodega Saltó Poble Sec icon with psychedelic decor and an eclectic crowd.
  • Madame George Tiny, dramatically designed space with soulful DJs.
  • El Rouge Bordello-esque lounge with great people-watching.
  • Bar Marsella Historic absinthe bar that's seen them all.

Rock Lovers

  • Alfa A rock-loving Gràcia staple.
  • Magic Basement club with rock and pop in heavy rotation.
  • Musical Maria Classic rock lives on in this neighbourhood favourite.

Views

Beachfront Settings

  • Santa Marta Sit at outdoor tables and watch the passing people parade.
  • CDLC Come early for a beach-facing outdoor table; stay for dancing.

Funhouse Atmosphere

  • La Fira Distorting mirrors, squawking machines and lots of shots.
  • Bosc de les Fades Drinking inside a forest-like bar with grotto and trickling fountain.
  • Tinta Roja Intimate and dimly lit with a wild showcase of live performances at the back.

Late Cafes

  • Cafè de l'Òpera An elegant 1920s-era spot on La Rambla.
  • Salterio Medieval ambience in the Barri Gòtic.
  • Bacanal A Sant-Antoni gem just right for late-night caffeination or wine-sipping.

Vermouth

  • La Vermu Friendly neighbourhood joint that makes its own vermouth.
  • Bodega 1900 Albert Adrià's bistro specialises in tasty vermouth.
  • Bormuth Vermouth and tapas make a great combo in this El Born classic.
  • Mitja Vida Quaint local eating and drinking spot.