Sipping September Away in Barcelona: Barcelona’s Best Cocktail Bars
As the summer draws to a close, some mourn the end of hots days on the beach and others look forward to roasted chestnuts and cozy indoor bars. As much as we have enjoyed basking in the sun, cold drink in hand, on a terrace, cold weather is always a good excuse to head inside!
Regardless of your feelings about the changing of seasons, you can enjoy Barcelona’s best cocktails (and more!) at one of these spots.
The Classic: Boada´s Cocktails
This practically hidden bar is like a wormhole back into a classic time and place – a 1920s Cuban cocktail bar, each bartender in a tux and a repertoire of fancy mixing moves that are sure to delight. There´s no menu with the exception of one or two daily items, but the staff here are experts on, if not artists of, the traditional canon of cocktails.
+34 93 318 95 92 Carrer de Tallers, 1 on La Rambla (Old City)
The Cutting Edge: Eclipse
For a view over the coast line and a beat, try the W Hotel´s bar and club on the 26th floor. These bartenders come from around the world to set the standard in cocktail creativity and they never fail to impress. Only the best ingredients are used and only the best DJs are invited to spin. My personal favorite off the cocktail menu is the Bloody Mare, made with Gin Mare, and which tops my list of best Bloody Mary spinoffs.
+34 93 295 28 00 Plaça de la Rosa del Vents, 1 in Barceloneta
Bohemian Paradise: Marmalade
Rub shoulders with Barcelona´s artists and hipsters at this former furniture store with a cocktail list that goes on for pages. The menu ranges from traditional to ethnic to cutting edge—keep your eyes peeled for clever literary and cultural references in the names. Sit back and enjoy the mellow ambiance with one of these excellent creations in hand.
+34 93 442 39 66 Carrer de Riera Alta, 4-6 in Raval
Bar with a View: Mirablau
See the entire Barcelona skyline and more at Mirablau, located right across from the Tibidabo mountain cable car. The panoramic view and chill music (DJs are on from 11pm to 6am) pair well with a Spanish obsession: a gin and tonic, known here as gin-tonic and available with well over a dozen different gins.
+34 93 418 58 79 Plaza Doctor Andreu, no number in Tibidabo
Other favorites of ours include Gimlet, Milano, Terraza Bar 8, and El Xampanyet. Whether you´re looking for a sturdy classic or the latest trend in mixology, Barcelona´s cocktail scene is sure to be up to snuff. Don’t take our word for it though, go out and try it for yourself! Tell us about your favorites in the comments below.