5 hottest bars in Barcelona
Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark.
Everything must go!
It could just have easily been called Small. A tiny vintage bar it may be but, really, there’s nothing else like it in the city. Filled with designer lamps, chairs and tables from decades gone by, the best thing about this bar is that you can take everything home with you. Well, maybe not the bar staff or patrons, unless you get lucky, but everything else, furniture, cocktails and all, is for sale. And we’re sure, bring enough money and you could buy the bar!
Comtessa de Sobradiel, 9, Gòtic
A menu designed by Picasso
Known far and wide as a young Pablo Picasso’s local, his first paid gig was to design this bar’s menu! This Barcelona institution still has that artsy edge about it, with an eclectic, colourful and creative history. Salvador Dali was also known to drink here. Perhaps, long sessions at 4 Gats are how he learned to bend the concept of time. The bar is gorgeously stylish, with galleries-worth of art and decorative touches. Be inspired!
Carrer Montsio 3
Tel: 00 34 93 302 4140 www.4gats.com
Tel: +34 932 370 990 www.flashflashtortilleria.com
Quirky, retro, popular and tasty
This bar’s hardly changed since the 60’s. Its pop art exterior is unique – with life sized black-and-white images of Twiggy (or some other skinny model) and round porthole windows which look into the interior. It’s all very Austin Powers, but the cocktails are delicious, the food is great (try the Spanish omelettes) and the waiters are friendly and speak good English. What more can we say? Groovy, baby, groovy!
Carrer Granada del Penedès 25
Tel: +34 93 302 4732 www.bpipaclub.com/gourmet.htm
Barcelona Pipa Club
Elementary, my dear Watson
For pipe smokers and Sherlock Holmes fans out there, you’ve found your lair. A little hideaway in palm-dotted Plaça Reial, you’ll need your sleuthing skills to find this one, but once you do spot the entrance and press the right button, the door will unlock. We do love a mystery! Inside you’ll find a snug bar with comfy armchairs and complimentary newspapers. There is also a pool room, pipe-smokers' lounge, jazz concerts and a 6am licence!
Plaça Reial 3
Tel: +34 932 21 36 38 www.absentabar.es
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder
And the mind go wander! The world’s most potent drink has a bar dedicated to all its foibles: the aroma, taste, after burn and, if you drink enough of it, the psychedelic trippiness! However much you decide to drink, you won’t find a place better suited to the drink’s descent into darkness. Located near the port, if you’re into stretching horisons, try the cannabis absinthe: two mortar blasts for the price of one!
36 Sant Carles