Behold the G&T

The best spots to sip a gin & tonic: not just your granny's drink anymore

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Dry Martini

Dry Martini

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

  1. Aribau, 162, Eixample, 08036
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Negroni

Negroni bar has a classical spirit, but a contemporary look. The place is painted in an extremely elegant black,  that make a huge difference with the aged wood post-transition decoration, so common in older cocktail bars. They have no cocktails menu, but you just have to answer a couple of

  1. Joaquín Costa, 46, El Raval, 08001
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Terrassa de la Torre Rosa

Terrassa de la Torre Rosa

Torre Rosa

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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

  1. Francesc Tàrrega, 22, Sant Andreu, 08027
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Elephanta Bar

Elephanta Bar

Elephanta

  • Rated as: 4/5
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This tea shop named after an Indian island features carved wood stools and tables decorated with a collage of images from newspapers and magazines. Sit a spell and play chess or other table games while you have a cuppa. After 10pm, enjoy the 'happy hour' menu of gin and tonics and other cocktails.

  1. Torrent d'en Vidalet, 37, Gràcia, 08012
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Tandem Cocktail Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Beware of the entrance austerity. Many of you should have walked in front of it and have not noticed, not even in the curious picture of two men mounted on a tandem. I’m guessing that the curtains of the door contribute to give this cocktail bar an air of intimacy that the good cocktails lovers

  1. Aribau, 86, Eixample Esquerre, 08036
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Twist

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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

  1. Rafael Batlle, 11, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, 08017
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Ideal Cocktail Bar

Welcome to this warm little corner of the city, where you'll find yourself surrounded by furniture made from ancient wood, and possibly more than a few clients boasting ties and lush moustaches. The great Josep Maria Gotarda is a real master in art and science of the cocktail. He dismembers the

  1. Aribau, 89, Eixample, 08036
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XIX Bar

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Xix (pronounced 'chicks', and a play on the street number, among other things) is a newish, unconventional cocktail bar in the candlelit surroundings of a prettily tiled former granja (milk bar). It's exceedingly cosy and just a little bit scruffy, which makes the list of 20 brands of gin all the

  1. Rocafort, 19, Sant Antoni, 08015
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Ultramarinos

Ultramarinos

Bar Ultramarinos

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A cosy and functional bar, which prepares some really good Gin Tonics at a very good price, made with a magnificent Gin from Vilanova.

  1. Sant Pau, 126, El Raval, 08001
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Bobby Gin

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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Bobby Gin is a modern, comfortable bar where even the air you breathe is of high quality, as is the décor, with a bar made from old doors, and the loo door from a wardrobe. As you might suspect, they're G&T specialists and so have a great selection of premium brands. If you're a newcomer to this

  1. Francisco Giner, 47
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Milano

Milano Iván Moreno

Milano Cocktail Bar

This place is reminiscent of a Chicago speakeasy during Prohibition. You might miss the entrance entirely if you don't keep your eyes open, and your wits about you as well, since you have to first go into a sort of basement and then down some stairs in darkness, which all may well help to get your

  1. Ronda Universitat, 35, Eixample Dret, 08007
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Boca Grande

Boca Grande

Boca Grande

  • Rated as: 5/5
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The stunning cocktail lounge of the Boca Grande Restaurant is one of the most chic night spots in Barcelona. Aside from the Parisian prices, I have only words of excitement for their Hendrick’s gin and tonic with cucumber slice: the best I've had in a long time. You’ll have to strangle your

  1. Ptge. de la Concepció, 12, Eixample Dret, 08003
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