The 10 Best Wine Bars in Barcelona
In Barcelona, it’s traditional to spend the weekend steeping in the buzz of an afternoon glass of wine or vermouth. From the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter to the broad drives of the Eixample, we found ten gorgeous wine bars that take the sipping experience to new heights.
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Black walls, stainless steel touches, just 15 seats, and wine shelves that hover above patrons’ heads are just a few details that make Extra one of Gracia’s edgier wine bars. Don’t expect a traditional wine list, either. Instead, the handwritten menu is based on what’s fresh, and staff are prepped to recommend daily selections based on the flavor and character of wine you’re looking for. However, despite the quality of the menu and personalized service, the atmosphere here is casual, making Extra a great bar you don’t have to dress up for.
Bar Brutal/Can Cisa
In El Born, the trendy neighborhood adjacent to the Gothic Quarter, Bar Brutal is as quirky and refined as its all-natural wines—just look to the rustic bistro tables, wood rafters, and mounted animal head sculptures that oversee the dining room. Along with a lengthy list of bottles (over 300 are by organic and biodynamic producers), the menu lists a stellar selection of Mediterranean small plates. JS Tip: Go for the sea bass sashimi or satisfying porchetta sandwich.
Bodega Lo Pinyol
For a wine bar that feels hyper-local, head to Lo Pinyol, in bohemian, family-friendly Gracia. It’s a large venue divided into different spaces for a choose-your-own-vibe kind of spot: sip your wine or vermouth quietly in the back library, whose shelves are lined with books contributed by friends and patrons, or enjoy a conversation over Catalan tapas in the dining room lined with old lamps and colorful Barcelonan tiles.
L’anima del Vi
Are you a fan of natural wines? Stick around in El Born and you’ll be able to hit not one but two spots embracing the trend. In addition to its notable natural wine selection (many labels hail from Spain and France), locals and tourists are drawn to L’anima del Vi for its classic Spanish wine bar setting, which features old-world details like a small piano topped with wine bottles and—the room’s centerpiece—a small-scale mural reproduction of Picasso’s Guernica.
Gran Bodega Mastraezgo
For an authentic Catalonian wine experience, step inside Gran Bodega Maestrazgo. The classic wine shop—the oldest in Barcelona—looks just as it did when it first opened in the 1950s, complete with an old-fashioned till, brick walls, and bulk wine stored in oak barrels. Experts are on hand to talk shop, of course, but it’s also possible to book a special tasting in advance, which includes an in-depth tour and a flight of wines that you pick out yourself.
With its dimly lit interior, bottles proudly displayed on floor-to ceiling shelves, and black slate dinnerware, El Diset, in El Born, is as seductive as wine bars get. Their claim to fame: an extensive wine list that’s 90 percent Catalan. That, along with the beautifully plated gourmet tapas, draws a buzzy crowd of couples and friends in for a late-night meal or leisurely catch-up. Whoever you show up with, it’s best to come hungry.
Wine lovers will find much to discover in the vaults at Monvínic, a Catalan restaurant just around the corner from Plaza Catalunya with a stunning 3,000-bottle wine cellar. Tours are available upon request, but most settle with browsing the hundreds of bottles available via tablet on the restaurant’s digital library (or choosing from their rotating selection of 40-50 wines available by the glass). Not to be outdone, the menu focuses on elevated gastronomy—smoked tuna with aubergine and ginger; pigeon cooked two ways—and worthy of any special occasion.
Finding cheese on the menu is standard at most wine bars in Barcelona, but none do it quite like Viblioteca. There are over 50 varieties to taste (staff can help you match with your wine), in addition to a mean toasted cheese sandwich. Like its name suggests (“biblioteca” is Spanish for library), Viblioteca takes cues from the literary world: bottles are stacked like books on four tiers of shelves, and their wine and cheese selections are presented as a “catalogue” of options, hailing from across Spain and the world. Like to experiment with pairings? This is the spot for you.
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In the Gothic Quarter, just a few streets away from Placa de Sant Jaume, Zona d’Ombra offers over 300 kinds of wine from Catalonia to Italy (available to taste as well as to buy). Their large wine list is impressive and dedicated to serving labels from regions all around the Mediterranean, including Spanish specialities like Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The setting is simple and service is no-fuss, making it one of the better places to sip within the old walls of the city.
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If you find yourself strolling through the symmetrical streets of Eixample and feel like enjoying a glass of wine on the street, you’ll love the terrace seats at Cellarer Wine Bar. Perfect for a midday glass and some lunch, this South American-inspired restaurant offers a variety of tapas, from mini empanadas and ceviche to Spanish staples like Orzo pasta and huevos estrellados. When the weather turns, indoors here is just as fun: cozy living room décor—mismatched chairs, chalkboards lit by string lights—will make you feel right at home as the staff set you up with the perfect glass.
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