Top 5 Places to Grab a Drink in Barcelona
From the beaches of Barceloneta to the alleys of the Gothic Quarter, you’ll never go thirsty in this Spanish cultural and culinary capital. Here are five of the most toast-worthy Barcelona neighborhoods for grabbing a cava, cocktail, or craft beer.
This fishing village–turned beachside neighborhood features a long waterfront promenade lined with beach bars, called chiringuitos, many with tables and umbrellas right in the sand. The streets of Barceloneta really come alive at night as sun-seekers make their way from the sea to the city for a night on the town.
El Born, Barcelona’s medieval quarter, is a maze of narrow alleys teeming with tapas bars. Take an evening walking tour of the neighborhood to sample traditional Catalan flavors while sipping on cava, Rioja, or a cold glass of sangria. El Born is also home to Santa Caterina Market, one of the city’s top gastronomic establishments and another great place for tasting local wine, as well as a host of trendy cocktail bars.
Tucked between La Rambla and El Born is the Gothic Quarter, a neighborhood where it’s possible to catch some rays over a drink in sunny Plaça Reial, bar crawl through back alleys, and savor Spanish flavors at some of the city’s best hidden gems. One of Barcelona’s most famous tapas bars, El Xampanyet, has been pouring cava in El Gotic since 1921.
The Raval neighborhood is enjoying a Renaissance and is considered one of Barcelona’s most multicultural areas. Visitors to El Raval can pull up a stool at a traditional Catalan food counter in La Boqueria market for some fresh seafood and a glass of wine, dance the night away in a nightclub, listen to live music in a back alley club, or catch a flamenco performance at the legendary Tablao Cordobes.
If you want to drink with the trendy young locals, you’ll have to go to Eixample, a newer neighborhood famous for its impressive architecture and vibrant nightlife. It’s also at the epicenter of Barcelona’s burgeoning craft beer scene, which you can explore on a brew-centric walking tour of the neighborhood.