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Bar Calders
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The best Barcelona terraces open now

Timetables, capacity and more info you need to know to enjoy Barcelona terraces from May 25

By Ricard Martín
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Barcelona terraces opened up at some of our favourite restaurants and bars as of Monday, May 25 as we went into Phase 1 of de-escalation. This is great news for those of us itching to get out after a little over two months of being recluses. As restaurants and bars learn how to reopen bit by bit, one of the first steps allows us to have a professionally poured beer, coffee, vermouth or whatever strikes your fancy along with a bite to eat outside in the idyllic Barcelona spring sunshine. The air is cleaner than ever, so breathe it in, but remember to follow the rules of hygiene and safe distance, which are still very much active.

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The best Barcelona terraces open now

Bar Calders
Photograph: Ivan Moreno

Bar Calders

Restaurants Mediterranean Sant Antoni

The terrace at Calders is tucked into a quiet corner and seating there is hard to come by in non-extraordinary times. At half its capacity, the terrace seats about 24 people ready to order from among their variety of individual dishes. They've got a couple of new items going: a pastrami sandwich with coleslaw and pickled mussels on a bed of potatoes. And beware, as they're making an offer you can't refuse with their Confinement G&T for only a fiver! One of those five euros will go to the One will go to the NGO Veí a Veí (Neighbour to Neighbour) which works to help the most vulnerable in the neighbourhood of Sant Antoni. Calders and its coveted terrace are open from 5pm to midnight during the week, and 11am to midnight at the weekend. There will be a time limit, but no need to rush: you'll have an hour and a half to eat and drink.

L'Antic Teatre

Restaurants Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

This much-revered theatre that embraces the counterculture also boasts one of the best terraces in town, and it's open as part of Phase 1. The theatre is one to look to when you want to know what's happening on the local underground scene, and its enormous courtyard full of lush vegetation is a real oasis in the centre of Barcelona. You can't reserve a table and you do have to order inside at the bar to get your drink or food served outside, but every order helps keep this gem of Barcelona culture afloat.

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1881 per Sagardi

Restaurants

In the Barceloneta neighbourhood, on the fourth floor of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya, you'll find a terrace that gives you one of the best views of the city. It also happens to be one of the biggest: at its 50 percent capacity, you'll still come across more than 30 tables, serving about 125 customers. The restaurant belongs to the Sagardi group, who explain that they've adapted the service to make it easier, but the menu remains the same. That means Basque haute cuisine, seafood tapas and top-notch paellas and rice dishes, served non-stop from noon to midnight. They do take reservations, so book yourself a spot and don't miss out.

La Base by Farré

Restaurants

This seaside restaurant at Mar Bella (next to the jetty) opens its doors a week into Phase 1 on June 1. In order to avoid the crowds and queues the popular restaurant has enjoyed previously, for now you can only go with a reservation. They've got a generous timetable, though, from 9am to 11pm, so you can get any meal of the day you're in the mood for. Be aware they will do two- to two-and-a-half-hour dining shifts, however. Their enormous terrace, which has seen up to 300 diners at a time, will now host some 60 to 80 customers at once. Book in by ringing 653 771 944.

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Bar Kasparo

Restaurants Mediterranean El Raval

On this delicious terrace, which is among the best in the Raval, you can get yummy tapas and daily specials. Kasparo re-opens practically with a guarantee that you can get a table, with 14 or 15 of them set up for between 45 and 60 clients, depending of course on how many you sit with. What they've got on the menu is the usual variety of a set lunch menu and the aforementioned dishes of the day, where you'll get classics such as piquillo peppers with cod or 'patatas bravas'. Plus they're open from 8.30am to 10pm non-stop.

Quimet d'Horta
Photograph: Scott Chasserot

Quimet d'Horta

Restaurants Sandwich shop Horta - Guinardó

Inaugurated in 1927, Quimet d'Horta still has a feel from that era that makes it one of the most authentic spots in Barcelona as well giving it a starring role in the Horta neighbourhood's centra Plaça Eivissa. The good news is they've got four tables they're setting up (for a total of 16 customers) from 9am to 11pm. If you want to head over for breakfast, you'll be allowed a spot for a half hour, and an hour for lunch. The sandwiches made on ciabatta are venerated throughout the entire city, especially the 'truita' (omelette) ones. Also deserving special mention are their croquettes and meat-and-potato 'bombas'. Wash it all down with a house vermouth and you can't go wrong. Note that they do not take reservations.

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Merbeyé

Clubs Vallvidrera, el Tibidabo i les Planes

Catalan singer Loquillo immortalized this bar in the song 'El Cadillac Solitario' back in 1983. The cocktail bar has an indisputable charm that stems from its 1980s Barcelona design, and the fantastic terrace opens on Thursday the 28th, with a capacity for about 40 people at about 10 tables. Their idea for now is to open in the evening and close at 1am to monitor how it works out for everyone, and then expand their hours as they see fit. For reservations and questions, send an email to merbeye@merbeye.net.

Oaxaca Mezcalería

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

Chef Joan Begur, with Menorcan roots but years of experience in Mexico, has brought to Barcelona dishes from a long Mexican tradition with a stamp of avant-garde techniques. Oaxaca boasts a splendid terrace, and even at 50 percent of its capacity you get 16 tables, each for a maximum of four customers eager to savour tequila and mezcal cocktails, and the cuisine of what is undoubtedly one of the great Mexican restaurants in town. Oaxaca offers uninterrupted service from noon to midnight.

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Bar Glaciar
Photograph: Bar Glaciar

Cerveseria Glaciar

Bars and pubs Barcelona

Glaciar is tops among the spots in Plaça Reial, and it's been a favourite of the square just off La Rambla since it opened in 1929. You'll see the original iron columns, bar and marble tables, along with an enviable corner terrace space looking out onto the entire square. They're opening up their terrace from June 1, and it's set up to be a great success since half its capacity means a whopping 16 tables for some 64 clients in a Plaça Reial that will lack the usual visitor traffic for now. They plan to open from noon to 1am but do reserve the right to take it all as it comes, and with food served for lunch and dinner.

Pork

Restaurants Grills Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera

A declaration of unconditional love for the pig as sustenance. And around here, nothing goes to waste. The Rovira family carve up the parts of the animal on-site at Pork, and then present all, or almost all, of them right on your table, such as delicious 'morcilla' black pudding and slices of grilled bacon cooked in a wood-fired oven. Devour yours while overlooking the lovely street of Consolat de Mar from one of Pork's six tables, set up for 12 diners in total. They offer uninterrupted service from noon to midnight.

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La Caseta del Migdia
Photograph: La Caseta del Migdia

La Caseta del Migdia

Music Music venues Sants - Montjuïc

This bar on Montjuïc is known as one of the best places in the city to watch the sunset, which is reason enough to check it out when it's opened up again as of May 30. Not to mention there's a magical terrace, which overlooks the whole city. And there's plenty of space: in Phase 1, at half capacity, up to 70 diners can be seated at once. And starting on June 1, the timetable will be from 6am to 10.30pm during the week, and from noon to 10.30pm Saturdays and Sundays. You can have dinner for around €15 – try a barbecue combo ('botifarra' sausage, chicken, salad, bread, corn...) – or, if you ordered it in advance, a paella, among other tasty dishes. It's essential to book by phone on 617 956 572.

Orio BCN Born
Photograph: Shutterstock

Orio BCN Born

Restaurants Brasseries

Orio BCN is another Basque-influenced restaurant in the Sagardi group, but it's got its own personality, with a big 'pintxos' bar that gets you drooling and the distinctive feature that most of the pintxos on display are primarily made with seafood. Try the 'kokotxas al pil-pil' (cod gullets in a sauce of oil, garlic and chilli) or the Basque-style hake. For some real home-style Basque cooking, try the fish soup, the cod omelette or the clams in green sauce. The whole repertoire is delectable, and you can enjoy yours on their terrace with eight tables, with a view across the way of the Santa Caterina market. Service is available non-stop from noon to midnight.

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99 % Moto Bar
Photograph: Maria Dias

99% Moto Bar

Bars and pubs Les Corts

This space breathes rock and roll from every corner, and when it comes time to satisfy your craving for a really great burger, they more than come through. The terrace at 99% Moto Bar opens back up on May 29, with daily service from 5pm to midnight. You'll find at least six tables, so up to 24 hungry rock fans can order from a reduced version of the menu, which features three starters and three burgers. Book before you head over by calling 93 411 95 67.

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