Barcelona probably makes most people think of panoramic views and gorgeous architecture, but there’s a whole world of great places to visit hidden down the side-streets, too. In fact, you can get some pretty special food and drink if you know where to look. So guys, dust off your tuxes and ladies grab your Louboutins (and maybe put a pair of flats in your handbag) because we’re going on a cocktail tour of Barcelona!
This is the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona! Boadas was founded more than 80 years ago, in 1933. Miguel Boadas opened the bar, and then passed it on to his daughter who shared an equal passion for cocktails. Time has stopped in this bar – the old-fashioned concepts of taste and luxury can be seen in every corner. No pink-sugar-rims and sparkly umbrellas here, just the best versions of the classic cocktail cobinations.
Address: Carrer dels Tallers, 1
This bar is smart and exclusive, with a marble and brass interior and a cool ‘James Bond’ feel! It’s not the biggest or the cheapest, but you’ll get a perfect drink made by well-dressed professionals.
Address: Carrer d’Aribau, 143
The bars above have self-conscious echoes of a luxurious past, but the modern, angular design and funky lighting in this bar have a very different vibe. The Bankers Bar is located in a former bank, and the gorgeous ceiling you can see here is actually constructed from reclaimed security boxes. Nights out here are upbeat and vibrant, with weekly DJ sets and a varied drinks menu of both old classics and specially created modern mixes.
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 38-40 (this is the bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel)
Have you ever visited Barcelona? Do you have a favourite place that we didn’t mention? Let us know!