Best Barcelona wine bars
This is one of the largest information centres for wine in Europe. The team includes some great sommeliers, while its documentation centre covers all areas of wine culture. A unique place where you can discover wines from all over the world, and which is also a wine bar and restaurant. The latter – which focuses on traditional cuisine with a creative touch – is excellent, by the way.
In the pleasantly cool, shadowy interior of Can Cisa, you can appreciate the care that’s gone into the restoration of a neighbourhood bar. Their reverence for the tradition of buying wine from the barrel, plus some local pressure, persuaded them to combine a classic bodega at the entrance, with a wine bar at the back. They stock 300 wines, all from organic or bio-dynamic producers around the world, ‘without chemicals or additives, at accessible prices: the same wines at the same price as before. We want older people from the neighbourhood to socialize here the way they used to, so we don’t lose that essential feeling – an old-style tavern that sells vermouth by the litre.’
You'll find this bodega in the heart of the Born. It's got a great national and international selection and is one of the biggest wine distributors in Europe. They also have a food section.
After visiting wine bars and restaurants in Venice, a couple of friends decided to set up their own wine bar in Barcelona that runs on the same philosophy as our neighbouring country. Miguel Ángel, who's busy pouring glasses non-stop at Zona d'Ombra's bar, confesses that he was seduced by the abundance of mortadella set out on the bars in Italy along with the wine for everyone. Set to borrow from this joyous custom, the two friends wanted to bring the same generosity to their new spot. In fact, Zona d'Ombra is called an 'enoiteca' instead of the Catalan/Spanish 'enoteca' (wine bar/cellar) because it's the word in Italian for places where you can drink wine and have a nibble.The love of Italian culture is evident here, where, apart from selling wines from around Spain, they've also got a good selection of Italian wines they like, and they also serve up the popular Venetian aperitif, spritz.Zona d'Ombra started out on day one as a shop that sells bottles of wine, but if you want to stick around and have some goat's cheese croquettes or Iberian ham, you'll just have to pay a €4.50 corkage fee for your bottle, a point where this spot differs from its Italian counterparts, who happily pile more and more food on the bar or your table at no extra charge. Now that we've brought up food, you have got to try the exquisite bread at Zona d'Ombra that they get fresh daily from Baluard de la Barceloneta. Good wine, good bread... get some good friends and try for yourself.
After giving us a recommendation, the waiter brings out a bottle of Frantz Saumon Sauvignon Blanc. I lift the drink, and soon a smile replaces the glass on my lips. On the wall hangs a catalog of the best healthy wines in the Born. The message is clear: at L'Ànima del Vi, they only work with natural wines with no additives that have managed to avoid chemical interference and human manipulation to reach your palate in their purest state. The white evaporates like water in the desert. We decide to line our stomachs with an amazing octopus and potato salad. Then we get carried away and allow ourselves the luxury of ordering delicate and tasty duck pâté with toast to get in touch with the French allure of the place. Ll'Ànima del Vi is an elegant Catalan-French mash-up – there’s a gorgeous old piano, worn marble, wooden chairs, a replica of ‘Guernica’, vintage crockery ... the list of unique features goes on. But their passion for natural wines is what really makes the collection at L'Ànima del Vi something of a majestic exhibition of varieties that sometimes, unfairly, diminishes the role of the small treasures from the kitchen in the back.
If you like the Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by a good wine, do not hesitate to come and taste the best recipes while soaking in a magical atmosphere that finds a way to add even more of the flavor to the place.
Lovers of good wine and tapas will be happy here: they offer a stunning selection of wines from around the world, with a good range of wines from Catalonia, all at shop prices and with a corkage charge of €4. They also have six different beers on tap. Propped against a barrel, you can enjoy a drink with selected cured meats and tinned products, and unusual tapas such as the quail egg omelette with black truffle oil.
At the Casa Mariol Wine Bar, which is part of the bodega of the same name, you'll have the chance to get to know Suau, which is an version of a drink (a blend of soda and coffee) that was popular in the Ribera de l'Ebre region decades ago. You can also taste cask wines from the Ebre, accompanied by a nice 'clotxa' (bread stuffed with herring, onions, tomatoes and garlic) and then top it all off with delicious cakes from Batea (a town also in the Ebre).
El Diset is a rustic and elegant bar with a cosy feel thanks to all the wood in the design. It’s a perfect place to sit at ease for hours; it feels like everything is right in your world. Just next to the Passeig del Born, El Diset is an unwitting local bar for tourists, but that doesn't mean it's not also a place for those who call Barcelona home — especially those who love to show off their wine culture. The wine list features over 60 Spanish wines, as well as bottles from France, Italy, Germany and Portugal. You're surrounded by bottle-filled fridges with all the colours in the wine rainbow: white, rose, red and sparkling. And conveniently enough, this is one of the few places in Barcelona where you can taste champagne by the glass, without having to buy the whole bottle. Manager and sommelier Judith offers tastings every week and freely gives solicited advice about wine pairings. They have a good idea of what value means, and the snack menu doesn't come up short, featuring good matches for whatever you’re feeling, including artisanal cold cuts and cheeses, Iberian ham, foie, Galician octopus and other delicacies.
The problem with gentrification hasn’t got to do with what’s being changed: the substitution of local traditions – cupcakes instead of ‘ensaimadas’, 'baos' instead of ‘entrepans’ – is something you may or may not welcome, but it’s hardly going to segregate neighbourhoods or cities. Where the discrimination lies is in the prices. The problem with a lot of these newest and coolest spots is that they’re expensive: where you used to be able to stop in for an afternoon snack with the whole family, now you’ll be lucky if you can afford a flavoured water. The wealth gap is growing faster than ever with the ever-inflating cost of living, and along the way, Barcelona is losing its sense of self, and the locals are being forced to move from neighbourhoods where they’ve lived their whole lives. Lucky for us, there are exceptions. Bar Salvatge is an innovative and popular spot with the aim of sharing the culture of natural wine with everyone. They offer wine by the glass at fabulously refreshing prices ranging from €2 to €6. The wine is served out of eight rotating tapped barrels, plus one filled with Rubén Parera vermouth. Parera also happens to be responsible for the interior design, which features plenty of wood, beautiful posters of wine fairs, and a wild neon sign on the ceiling that bathes the place in light. They do offer snacks to keep something in your belly, and you can even bring your pets in with you if you’ve got them with you. In fact, their logo is a hippopotamus bartend
In this bodega of never-ending white shelves, you'll find an incredible variety of labels: wine, cava, champagne, spirits ... and most strikingly, thousands of bottles. Also for sale are high-quality pâtés, artesanal cheeses and Iberian cold cuts – ideal for the makings of a picnic in the nearby Turó Parc.
This Gràcia wine cellar par excellence has earned its reputation with more than 25 years' bringing the exciting world of wine to connoisseurs and new fans. In addition to its extensive wine cellar, another strength is that they organise tastings and pairings.
Get your drinks with a view!
Great weather calls for being outdoors, and what better way to enjoy being outside than relaxing with a drink in hand at one of the best rooftop bars in Barcelona? Though the city is laden with things to do and see, nothing quite beats its sunny terraces with breathtaking panoramic views in the warmer months. Feel on top of the world and explore Barcelona from an entirely new perspective, fear of heights be damned.