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A Spanish Chefs Pick of Bars & Restaurants To Try in Barcelona

After a day of art, culture, and history,  do as the locals do and head to one of the many fantastic bars in Barcelona.

Here is the low down on bars in Barcelona as a starting point.

Can Cisa Bar Brutal – Natural wine bar and Wine Shop.
This has one of the best Natural Wine selections in Barcelona you can buy everything at takeaway prices.

L’Anima del Vi – is so Spanish, great food, great local vibe.
Lots of bottles on the walls but as always, ask for anything you are chasing. They have an extensive off list cellar and back vintages of great things!

Vila VIniteca – A great wine shop with big vibes, near the marina.

Boadas – Pretty cool spot for a cocktail. Has been open since the ‘30s and is one of the oldest art deco buildings in the city.


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La Cova Fumada – This is a classic tapas basement restaurant with heaps of attitude and charcoal-grilled vegetables and smoked meats.

Bar del Pla – another classic tapa place, good natural wine too. This is a good lunch spot.

Bar Mut – Super old school place. Ask to eat in the bar upstairs that always has live music and gets rowdy. Great cocktails and old school wine list.

ABaC Restaurant – Michelin star – definitely worth considering.


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Quimet y Quimet – some of the best smoked, canned, and dried, pickled seafood and meats in the city. Canned Quail is the hot tip here.

Tickets – Adrias bros tapas – it is really good but you will want to book or line up early.

Bodega 1900 – Adria’s Vermut Bar. Its actually opposite Tickets. Must book for dinner.

Cal Pep – an absolute institution, sit at the bar, drink heaps of beer and eat heaps of seafood from the Plancha.


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El Tres Porquets – the three pigs, pork, pork, and more pork. Fantastic flavours and dishes.


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With thanks to a Chef friend in Barcelona for sharing.

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Spain and the tapas that took over

Not to go into too much detail so as not to have you feeling completely envious that I spent my Christmas in Spain although I do want to let you know if you have never been before that Spain supplies all the wonders of a European city that evokes the senses in all ways leaving you walking around with your mouth open in awe and inviting you with open arms into a divinely rich culture, fashion to die for and at that time, a very cold cold breeze.

These are just some of my highlights:
The Architecture:

   

 

The antiques:

 

  

 

 

The pintxo and tapa that became the ruin of me and yes I did eat all of these….

 

Left: French stick with sliced tomato, picked anchovy and capsicum, tomato onion salsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right:Roasted peppers filled with tuna and mayonnaise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Boiled octopus with roasted potato, smoked paprika and seasoned olive oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right: simmered chicken with spiced apricots and plums ok this was dinner at a ridiculous hour of 7.30 by Spanish standards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below: A selection of seafood pintxo – crab mousse with prawns and caviar, smoked fish with caramelised onion, caviar, pickle and tomato