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Our selection of fave wine bars  in Barcelona….

Madrileños will strongly disagree, but there is no doubting that Barcelona’s nightlife and bar scene is now one of the most vibrant in Europe. For while the citizens of Catalonia’s capital are all too happy to culturally distance themselves from their regional neighbors, they have in common with all Spaniards a love of social drinking that supports the highest number of bars per capita in the world. So banish those clichés of pitchers of Sangria on Las Ramblas and instead be prepared to party in a city that continues to sizzle with creativity: Barcelona’s wine bars and restaurants speak more of bold contemporary design than tradition!

Today, Barcelona’s wine bars run the gamut from trendy, design led hotel bars to wood-paneled wine cellars and backstreet local haunts. An explosion of nightlife has occurred in recent years in the City’s waterfront area, which continues to attract large volumes of tourists in the summer. Cava and wine bars, some elegant and cool, some funky and style conscious are also reaching new heights of popularity, especially in the trendy Born district east of Barcelona’s gothic quarter. These bars vary enormously in clientele and vibe, but all are extraordinary atmospheric.

Just don’t expect things to get going before 10pm, especially at the weekend as people get into their night-time stride. Of course, not every venue in this captivating city is worth a visit, so we have done the hard work and listed Barcelona’s best wine bars below:

Salud!

The Bankers Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel – 38-40 Passeig de Gracia

Since opening in 2009, this world-class hotel has won pundits far and wide for its service and has emerged as one of Barcelona’s finest and most sought-after hotels. Housed in an old bank vault, the Mandarin’s classy and refined Banker’s Bar has become a popular choice for both locals and visitors wishing to sample a range of Spanish and international wines by the bottle or glass. There is a real sense of sophistication about the space – sleek, softly lift with a black bar counter and black leather chairs. The service is exemplary and a range of high-quality tapas compliments the extensive wine list.

 

Monvinic – 249 Carrer de la Diputacio

Could Monvinic be the best wine bar in the world? It certainly comes close, as Monvinic has an incredible selection of both Spanish and imported wines by the glass or bottle. The emphasis here is on merging the traditional and cutting edge – visitors are handed an iPad like device instead of a wine list, however, a very large wine library is free for anyone to peruse at their leisure. The space is relaxed, elegant and refined, with soft cream colors and chairs replaced by loungers. There are over 60 selections by the glass and unusually for a Spanish destination; there is no bias to local wines. The bite-size accompaniments are also some of the best to be found in the Catalan capital – try the langoustines!

 

Hotel Omm’s Lounge and Terrace bar – 265 Carrer Rossello

Hotel Omm led the way in re-defining Barcelona’s hotel and bar scene with its extremely smart, sophisticated urban accommodation for discerning travelers. It’s informal but chic lounge bar has become a firm favorite with Barcelona’s night crowd at the weekends, in addition to the hotel’s guests. Relax in the ridiculously comfortable sofas and peruse their extensive wine menu, which includes some brilliant cava options by the glass. An ultra-trendy club occupies the basement, whilst in the summer months the action takes place on Omm’s fantastic terrace, with views straight over to Gaudi’s masterpiece La Pedrera next door.

 

La Vinya del Senyor – 5 Placa Santa Maria

Still in a class of its own, La Vinya del Senyor occupies a space on the delightful Plaça de Santa Maria del Mar right in front of the extraordinary Gothic cathedral, gorgeous spot. Hoards of both tourists and natives come here to taste a wide variety of red and white vintages, accompanied by great value tapas. A good and varied selection of around 300 Spanish and imported wines, including some great cava and sherry, is served at the counter; or in the summer months on the fantastic outdoor terrace. There is no finer spot for people watching in Barcelona. Don´t miss it!

 

Cata 1.81 – 181 Carrer de Valencia

The clean, modern interior of this ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ underground venue in Barcelona’s Eixample district suggests that this is no ordinary tapas bar. It is in fact a haven for oenophiles and mini gastronomic surprises. Cata 1.81 serves more than 250 wines by the bottle, with a clear emphasis on wines from every major Spanish region, and a list of over 25 by the glass that changes every 15 days. The only drawback is that space at this wonderful wine bar is quite limited so get there early!

 

El Xampanyet – 22 Carrer de Montcada

Barcelona’s best-known cava bar still packs them in with its inviting atmosphere and selection of tapas and cava by the glass. Discover the finer points of Spain’s bubbly by sampling the wares of different produces by the glass, accompanied by perhaps a selection of sardines or a Jamon platter. The colorful tiles, stacked casks hung with a variety of bottle-openers and well-worn interior bespeak the informal, fun atmosphere for which this family run operation is well-loved. There is nothing cutting-edge or trendy about the place, which only adds to its timeless appeal.

9 thoughts on “Best Wine Bars in Barcelona – Cellar Tours Shortlist

  1. Paddy says:

    Can't wait to try a few the next time in am in barcelona. Monvinc looks cool. Thx for post.
  2. Paul says:

    I was in Monvinic a few weeks ago and I found the staff rude and unhelpful. It took 20 minute to order and even longer to get the check. I would definitely not recommend it.
  3. Maria says:

    Monvinic is well worth a visit. @Paul I found the staff very pleasant and would highly recommend the bar. I think you might have been there on a off night. :-)
  4. Barry says:

    I highly recommend http://www.vilaviniteca.es/es/inicio - Vila Viniteca, while not a wine bar par se, they always have a bottle or two open plus you get to taste with some of the over 1000 cheese they stock from all over Spain.
  5. Yohay says:

    Thanks for the great list. I would add three more places: Bastaix: Located just behind Santa Maria del Mar and owned by a Sommelier, the place offers off the beaten track tapas and a quiet intimate atmosphere. La Vineteria del Call: features a huge wine list and a wide variety of tapas in one of the narrower streets in the old city. Andu - The "wine cave" - while not having a really wide list of wines, almost everything is served by the glass and the atmosphere makes you want to stay for hours and hours.
  6. Todd says:

    I think you should add La Xampanyeria located on Carrer de la Reina Cristina, it specializes in Cava and stock some of the finest including Agustí Torelló, Codorníu, Freixenet & Raventos I Blanc.Also they had a fine selection of Iberian hams, and pates.
  7. Peter says:

    I followed your advice and checkout Monvinic & La Xampanyeria - Monvinic was so so, but I LOVED La Xampanyeria , I can't recommend it enough - the selection of cava's is first class, and the service excellent.
  8. Mary C says:

    I found Monvinic a bit OTT with the ipad wine list. Give me old school hard copy list any day. Somethings just cant be improved on!!!. Other than that I found the experience above average for service and selection. But I would definitely not rank Monvinic in my top 10.
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