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Cocktails in Catalonia! If you want to make new friends, discover fabulous trends, indulge in unsurpassable drinks and the most aromatic tapas, then stopping by these wonderful bars in Barcelona is a must.


LA VINYA DEL SENYOR € | Area: Gothic Quarter | Plaza Sta Maria 5 | Metro: Jaume (yellow line L4) | Website

Barcelona’s most beautiful church, Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, is rich with culture, history and luxury. La Vinya del Senyor literally translates to "The Lord’s Vine", so its no surprise that the wine list at this iconic, conveniently located, bar is so large that it's presented as a book. Make sure to head upstairs to enjoy the impressive church-top views or enjoy the bustling square outside - if you’re lucky you may catch a flamenco dance by one of the many street performers who dominate the beloved area.

The drinks:
A wine list as thick as a novel - 350 bottles and 20 wines available by the glass.

Hours:
Monday to Thursday: Noon - 01.00hrs
Friday to Saturday: Noon - 02.00hrs
Sunday: Noon - 12.00hrs

Phone:
+34 933 10 33 79


MONVINIC €€ | Area: L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample | Carrer de la Diputació | Metro: Universitat (Red/purple line L1, L2) | Website

Barcelona boasts a truly unique and luxurious experience within the fine establishment of Monvínic. You will be hard-pressed to find a facility with a larger collection of impressive international wines nor a friendlier staff with vast expertise in viticulture and oenology. The Aficionados and viticulture enthusiasts alike dream - dubbed the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona’s wine scene Monvínic offers an educational facility alongside its established reputation as a bar. Holding a palette-expanding library of reference texts, and a 3,000-bottle modern cellar you will leave with a refined understanding in the proud field of oenology yourself. Every day the Monvínic team opens a generous selection of between forty and fifty wines from the four corners of the world to be enjoyed by the glass or half glass. With this selection, every day brings new places and new sensations to discover.

The drinks:
Some of the best sommeliers in Spain offer recommendations from a menu of 3,000 bottles. A must-visit for anyone who loves wine.

Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 19.00hrs - 02.30hrs

Phone:
+34 932 72 61 87


DRY MARTINI €€ | Area: L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample | Carrer d'Aribau, 162, 166 | Metro: Provença (Purple line L6) | Website

Charming and inviting, this local cocktail bar on Rambla del Raval typically hosts jazz and swing musicians, a subtle tribute to the former clubs from the Golden Age of cocktails in New York, right here in Barcelona. Dry Martini has become an icon throughout the Cocktail World, listed for as one of World's 50 Best Bars, the first in Europe to achieve such a position. If you variety and flavour of cocktails you cannot pass on this iconic bar.

The drinks:
Fine cocktails and high-end whisky. Try one of the vintage cocktails; the Vieux Carré is particularly noteworthy.

Cuisine:
Spanish share plates

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 13.00hrs – 15.30hrs and 20.00hrs – 23.30hrs

Phone:
+34 932 17 50 72


LA PASTISSERIA | Area: Eixample | Carrer d'Aragó | 700m walk from Hotel Renaissance Barcelona | Website

Coffee is an integral part of Spanish culture. Café con leche, and the act of sipping a coffee with friends or family after a meal, during an afternoon walk or early in the morning before heading off to work or school is a Spanish fixture. Finding a great coffee in Barcelona is never difficult and we particularly love La Pastisseria for its combination of a great brew and its selection of pastries. Pastry Chef of the World in 2011, Josep Maria Rodriguez Guerola has created some of the most delectable and creative pastries you will ever find – only 9 minute walk down the road from our conference hotel Renaissance Barcelona you can justify starting your mornings with something a little naughtier.

The drinks:
Coffee and tea - must be accompanied with world class pastries!

Cuisine:
French with locally sourced ingredients

Hours:
Monday to Saturday 9.00hrs - 14.00hrs and 17.00hrs - 20.30hrs, Sunday 9.00hrs - 14.30hrs

Phone:
+34 934 51 84 01


 
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If you can stand the crowd…

 CAN PAIXANO € | Area: Barceloneta | 7 Reina Cristina | Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line L4) | Website

A historic location where you can relive the ambiance of the old bars of Barceloneta (typical seaside neighbourhood). Known to locals as La Champaneria, here you’ll find bottles of house rosé for the price of a pack of gum and two metro rides. Finding a seat here is notoriously difficult - Can Paixano has been cemented as a place of obligatory visit for anyone who want to have a different experience of Barcelona. Jockeying for a sit down table at this crowded bar is more than worth it and could very well end up a sport at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

The drinks:
Famous for house made Cava (Cava is a quality sparkling wine )

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 09.00hrs - 22.30hrs

Phone:
+34 933 100 839

 
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Traditional Catalan Drinks…

Barcelona’s impressive gastronomical experience is influenced by a multitude of cultures. Sparking the Mediterranean flavour on its dishes beginning with the simple use of olive oil, fresh veggies, fish, and meat. One can say that Catalan gastronomy is a dynamic combination of ancient and new traditions. You shouldn’t leave Barcelona without trying:

Cava is Spain's take on sparkling wine, a staple of Catalan and Spanish tradition that is often consumed at weddings, baptisms, banquets, dinners and parties.

Vermouth (in Catalan: vermut) is a type of sweet fortified wine and comes in red or white, but most often red. In Spain it’s served straight and is usually paired with an olive or a slice of orange. It is said to go well with small fishy plates of tapas such as boquerones (small pickled anchovies). Vermouth is drunk ‘a la hora del vermut’ — literally ‘at the hour of vermouth’, or around midday, as a type of aperitif before the main meal of the day.

How to order: “Em poses un vermut, si us plau?” (Catalan for “Could you serve me a vermouth, please?”). The waiter or bartender should answer: “Blanc, negre, o rosat?” (White, red, or rosé?)

Horchata is a non-alcoholic beverage based on Tiger Nut milk, squeezed from the Tiger Nut (not actually a nut at all, but a small root vegetable) or chufa in Spanish. It tastes similar to almond milk and is often mixed with cinnamon.

Tinto de Verano, Forget sangria, a Tinto de Verano is what the locals drink. Tinto de Verano translates as Summer wine, and is red wine mixed with a fizzy lemonade type drink. It’s best sipped in Summer, accompanied by a plate of tapas.

Cerveza is Spanish beer, and like most alcoholic drinks here, is rarely drunk without some type of nibble on the side, be it a free bowl of nuts, olives, popcorn, crisps, or a larger plate of tapas. Some of the most popular Spanish brands include Estrella Damm, Moritz, San Miguel, Cruzcampo, Alhambra, and Mahou.

Vino. Of course we couldn’t make a list of Barcelona’s most typical drinks, without mentioning one of its most famous — wine (vino in Spanish). Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world, behind France and Italy, and has vineyards covering over a million acres. Spanish wine varies greatly throughout the country, so be sure to try the local variety from wherever you are visiting.

Cafe. It’s near impossible to find a bad Spanish coffee, even in the simplest of cafés! Choose to have it con leche (with milk), cortado (short coffee with a dash of milk), solo (an espresso), con hielo (with ice), carajillo (with a dash of brandy, whisky or rum), or simply cafe (black).