Cocktail Bar / Historic Bar
Party Earth Review Although situated just off the main Las Ramblas thoroughfare, Boadas is rumored to be the very first cocktail bar in Spain, so it would be hard to dismiss it as just another tourist trap. The venue was opened in 1933 by Miguel Boadas, who cut his teeth working at Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana haunt, La ... more
Carrer dels Tallers, 1
Party Earth Review Not to be confused with the rambunctious bar with the same name on Nou de la Rambla, this Guru bar is an altogether more refined, low-key venue. A smiling Buddha in the window greets customers as they arrive, while inside, the ornate sofas, piles of plush cushions, somber browns and deep red tones, and burning incense create ... more
Carrer de Josep A. Clave, 19
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: This edgy but trendy bar has a great location towards the back of the Gothic district. Bartenders take center-stage pumping out mojitos and ..." more
Carrer del Correu Vell, 10
Cocktail Bar / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Waiters in white tuxedos, racing-green leather sofas, and a whiff of cigar smoke greet customers at the Dry Martini Bar, a traditional cocktail joint that has garnered an impressive reputation thanks to the quality of the drinks and of the food at the adjoining Speakeasy restaurant. Row upon row of martini, spirit, and ... more
Carrer d’Aribau, 162-166
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Antique and silhouetted fairy lighting illuminates this homage to Peter Pan. The life-sized pirate figurines, old maps, and model ships make ..." more
Carrer Ample, 35
Party Earth Review Full of class and character, Miramelindo is a dark rustic tavern where smooth jazz keeps the mood mellow during the week and chatty Spaniards keep it lively on the weekends. Hardwood floors, a piano by the fireplace, and soft lighting all contribute to a homey atmosphere downstairs, while wicker chairs on the carpeted mezzanine ... more
Passeig del Born, 15
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Absenta offers the neighborhood bar feel that is so hard to find in a big city like Barcelona, but without the creepy old regulars in the co ..." more
Carrer de l'Hospital, 75
Party Earth Review Tucked away on a side street in the Barri Gòtic area is a little red gem called Sugar. It’s all about the cocktails at this sweet bar, and the list of specialties written in chalk on the ceiling are well worth the neck strain. Sugar’s simple but enticing décor of baroque murals, erotic artwork, and twinkling lights contributes ... more
Calle de Raurich, 21
Barcelona is known as a major party city and the cocktail bars live up to that reputation by serving incredible drinks, inviting all comers, and staying open really, really late.
Depending on what kinds of drinks you’re looking for, the cocktail bars in Barcelona can provide a great deal of variety. And we’re not just talking about sangria, but intricately made concoctions filled with fresh fruits, bitters, aged liquor, and more.
One of the best Barcelona cocktail bars is the Dry Martini Bar. This L'Eixample staple arguably makes the best martinis in town and gives its clientele a refined drinking experience complete with white tuxedoed waiters and racing-green leather sofas.
Another great cocktail bar is Guru in Barri Gòtic. Not to be confused with the rowdy Las Ramblas Guru, this low-key and refined bar serves inventive mixed drinks, great food, and makes for a swanky date spot.
If you’re looking for more than just your typical mojitos and caipirinhas, check out one of the great cocktail bars in Barcelona where expert mixologists can whip up anything you like and if it turns out really good, you can go ahead and name the drink after yourself.