Barrica

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Barrica Barrica in Fitzrovia, London is an authentic tapas joint with great Spanish wine and sherry too! Travel to Spain via London with Party Earth! London England 51.519065 -0.136836
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Barrica - Restaurant | Tapas Bar in London.
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Party Earth Review Though Barrica’s location leaves it competing with several top Italian restaurants and high-end steakhouses on the surrounding blocks, this authentic tapas joint stays packed for lunch and dinner throughout the... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Northern Line: Goodge Street

  • Phone:

    020 7436 9448

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  • Hours:

    M–F noon–11:30pm, Sa 1–11:30pm
    Kitchen closes 10:30pm nightly

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Barrica Review

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Barrica in Fitzrovia, London is an authentic tapas joint with great Spanish wine and sherry too! Travel to Spain via London with Party Earth!

Though Barrica’s location leaves it competing with several top Italian restaurants and high-end steakhouses on the surrounding blocks, this authentic tapas joint stays packed for lunch and dinner throughout the week.

Going out for tapas – that well-loved Spanish tradition of noshing on small plates of food – is a popular pastime for well-to-do Londoners, but the small venue maintains a very casual vibe and caters to a diverse bunch of patrons, from nearby office lunchers and creative types to bubbly couples and those seasoned Spanish ladies who never seem to age.

Guests are usually welcomed with a hearty “Hola” by the largely Spanish-speaking staff, who chatter at one another in their melodic tongue as they serve artisan cows’ cheese and braised veal cheeks from the small but curated menu, or pour Spanish wines and selections from their extensive range of imported sherries. Daily specials help keep the bill fairly reasonable – at least given the location.

The narrow space is minimally decorated with only a few enlarged photos of various wine labels hung on the butter-yellow walls, while furnishings are limited to a marble-topped bar and dark wood tables stretching down the checkered floor toward the large bottle cabinet in back.

And perhaps as a reminder of the dozen varieties of aged jamon to choose from, there are a few cured pig thighs hanging over the bar.

Considering the bar’s infallible tapas menu, imported drinks, and friendly air, it’s not hard to see why Barrica is a neighborhood favorite.

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Tip from Emma:

Even if you aren’t a fan of sherry, the selection here is quite good and worth trying out. Although if you want something more traditionally sweet – and without the booze – the house café leche y leche made with sweetened condensed milk es fantástico!

  • Crowd

    Local media workers, tapas aficionados, Spanish-loving winos, couples, expats seeking a taste of home, late 20s to mid-50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient easy listening with the requisite Spanish focus.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Tapas, tapas, and más tapas.

    Reservations accepted and encouraged for midweek lunch and Friday and Saturday dinner.

  • Prices

    Tapas £2–£8+. Beer and cider £3–£5, wine £3–£9/glass or £15–£60+/bottle, sherries £4–£9, spirits £4–£13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual: shiny shoes, black trousers, flannel shirts, button-downs, knee-length skirts, fitted sweaters, low heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for a tapa or two to starta the nighta.

  • Close By

    Benito's Hat (56 Goodge Street) is a budget-friendly alternative for those with Spanish food on the brain – although technically, this casual joint is Mexican, with lots of burritos and tacos and several fresh and fruity cocktails.

Barrica User Reviews

Average rating:
good tapas bar
Tara R. Dec 12, 2012
I love tapas, and Barrica is a perfect place for it! The tapas are expensive and small portions, but they’re mouth-watering and good, so it doesn’t feel like you’re being ripped off. The Spanish cider is also really nice, even if it only comes in bottles and is—like the tapas—pricey. This venue is always crowded—in fact, the first time we came here they couldn’t seat us because they were too busy. The gammon hanging from the ceiling is a bit much especially if you’re vegetarian-inclined (yes, there are vegetarian options) but it’s a great tapas night regardless.
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