The best cocktail bars in Barcelona

Sup on classic cocktails at one of Barcelona's best cocktail bars

Sample some of the finest bespoke cocktails in Barcelona, and meet the city's most daring mixologists. Whether your taste is for the red-velvety classic interiors and old-fashioned drinks as your nan likes 'em or if you prefer a more modern ambience with your one-of-a-kind tipple, we've got just the place for you.

Ginger

Critics' choice

Ginger, you’re the Rita Hayworth of bars, with your tousled red hair. You’re there every night at your curved bar selling matches with your mischievous smile and that black dress. You’ve got an old sign with American typography that was probably used for the posters in the Great Gatsby.

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Ciutat Vella

Dry Martini

You don't mess with intrepid barman Javier de las Muelas. In fact, you don't mess with anything about this legendary cocktail bar that's internationally recognised as one of the best on the planet. They're very clever behind the bar, where the most complicated choreographies are staged, and all dedicated to the cocktail. Whatever you do, don't leave without trying the house concoction, the Dry Martini, which is unbeatable in Barcelona, and one of the most masterful creations of De las Muelas. Despite crowds and the barman's bark, Dry Martini continues to be a benchmark cocktail bar. And that, good readers, isn't just a cocktail bar. It's a church.

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Eixample

Semon 9 Night

At Semon it was not enough for them to have one of the finest gourmet shops in the city, a luxury catering firm, three restaurants (one Japanese) and for them to have established the brand in Madrid. Now, based in premises in the street of Santa Fe de Nou Mèxic, Semon 9 has seized the momentum to continue the celebrations from 11 pm to 2am in a space where you can have a cocktail or a light dinner, either because you just left the office, the cinema or simply because you lead a decidedly dissolute life. A classic uptown venue for a seasoned clientele looking for a rather bohemian environment.

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi

Cocteleria Tahití

The cocktail bar owned by Javier Cejas, which is just outside his own unbeatable Negroni, is a tiki bar where waiters with slicked hair and skinny ties serve up refreshments mostly based on traditional recipes from tiki culture. In case you're wondering what that is, it's the aesthetic that was born in the United States after World War II, when returning soldiers found themselves strangely nostalgic for the South Pacific beaches. Cejas' obsession with this period makes the mixologists real experts with rum cocktails. And yes, that includes the revered mojito.

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El Raval

Aigua del Carmen

Back in their day, today's Catalan elders used 'aigua del Carmen' as a universal remedy for what ailed them. Just a sip of the herbal concoction of lemon, rosemary, mint, clove, and cinnamon was enough to combat boils, migraines or any other common ailment. They wouldn't have believed that, half a century later, this ancient potion would be the name of a premium cocktail bar, or that they would even be able to find traces of the cure-all in the house cocktail made with lemon juice, sugar, apple liqueur, gin and a few drops of blue curacao.

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Dreta de l'Eixample

Twist

Critics' choice

I feel like going to Twist one night and using the cheesy line 'What is a girl like you doing in a place like this?' on them, because the location of this cocktail bar is a mystery on a par with the Holy Trinity. It really shouldn’t be here, one of the best cocktail bars in Barcelona marooned on this mundane, boring street where it languishes between a school and a car-repair shop. Too many people already know about it, for which I and Time Out Barcelona must take some of the blame, but the gin cocktails they mix here can make you believe in eternal life, or at least the resurrection of the dead.

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Sarrià - Sant Gervasi

Torre Rosa

Critics' choice

That sentence written in all the guidebooks about the 'incomparable setting' was likely invented to talk about Torre Rosa. Drinking a cocktail in a house formerly owned by one of the 'indios' or 'Americanos' (Catalans who left and made good on the other side of the pond and then returned to spend their wealth) can have a hand in making your heart skip a beat or two. This is possibly one of the most perfect places in Barcelona. Behind the bar you'll find Jordi Reig, who will tell you everything anyone could ever want to know about the different types of rum and how to mix a good mojito. If you aren't in the mind space for explanations and would rather imagine yourself in Havana, just head out to the terrace and do a bit of moon gazing.

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Sant Andreu

San Trop

If you know the place, you may remember it as a rundown bar where you felt like you were in a brothel waiting room, but now it's safe to go back to San Trop, guilt-free. The décor, though it's been given a good spring cleaning, is virtually the same, something of a cross between a hat shop and the Munsters' living room. Just the spot to knock back a refreshing cocktail or two.

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Eixample

Tandem Cocktail Bar

Critics' choice

Don't let the austere entrance fool you. You might even waltz right in without noticing the curious drawing of the two men on a tandem bike. Maybe it's the curtains at the entrance that give this cocktail bar an air of intimacy that gourmet drinkers love so much. Tandem is an exceptional cocktail bar. Young bartenders dressed like old-timey drinks mixers grab from an endless selection of boozy treats with magic hands prepared to whip up any recipe with a sniper's marksmanship. Beware of the gin fizz: after the second, you'll even be singing the praises of your long-suffered mother-in-law.

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L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

Negroni

Negroni is a bar with a classic spirit and a contemporary look. The place is painted in an elegant black, which makes it quite different from the aged wood and pre-transition decor so common in older cocktail bars. Don't look for a printed-up cocktails menu, just talk to one of the skilled mixologists for a minute and you'll be treated to an unforgettable cocktail suited to your taste. In order not to betray their name, you're guaranteed a Negroni cocktail that will curl your toes, and they also serve a delectable Moscow Mule and Whiskey Collins.

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El Raval
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Filippo C
Filippo C

Unbelievable!! There is no Creps al Born and there's Milano Cocktail bar! Fucking shit