Wine lovers are spoiled for choice in Barcelona with its endless array of wine bars. But it also can be tricky to find the perfect combination of Spanish wine, a relaxed atmosphere, and traditional tapas dishes. Lucky for you we’ve done the legwork, sipping wines across the city in order to share with you the best of the best. We’ve narrowed it down to seven of our favorite wine bars in Barcelona that will appeal to aficionados and newbies alike.
Monvinic is one of the most iconic wine bars in all of Barcelona, where a knowledgeable team of sommeliers are ready to cater to all your wine dreams. Step inside to discover a stylish crowd perusing the extensive (around 3,000 bottle) wine list from a tablet that is organized by year, grape, country of origin and pour size. Consider this place the Holy Grail of the city’s wine bars.
Tucked away in the Gothic Quarter is Zona d’Ombra, a hidden gem with more than 300 wine references available for purchase. It offers some of the best wines from Spain (particularly Catalonia) and Italy, in addition to a delectable selection of tapas. It’s a perfect spot to sip wine and indulge in sweet gourmet olives, sliced Iberian ham, croquettes, Norwegian salmon and Greek peppers stuffed with feta.
Nestled on a side street in Born, Eldiset is a sleek wine bar with a sophisticated ambiance. Dress to impress at this seductive nightspot, where you’ll find dimly-lit interiors, low-hanging lamps and a selection of Catalan wines. Want the ultimate Eldiset experience? Pair your glass of vino with ‘torradas’, which are crispy wedges of toast topped with blue cheese, raspberry jam or black sausage and topped with shavings of cured cheese, and we’re confident you’ll be back for more.
If you’re an eco-conscious wine lover, check out La Volàtil. Here they make a mission of selling wine that is as natural as possible, so think organically and biodynamically grown grapes, no added sulfites and enzymes and as little intervention from the winery as possible. Basically, the embodiment of pure natural wine. Choose from its stock of 180 bottles, then share a platter of tapas such as crispy croquettes, meatballs with squid ink and patatas bravas.
Viblioteca is a library-inspired boutique wine and tapas bar in the heart of Gracia, where you’ll find around 150 bottles to choose from. The space is bright and airy, with stainless steel accents and an illustrated menu written along its walls. Enjoy a date or friends get-together over an excellent bottle of Spanish wine, then pair it with tuna or steak tartare, seafood dishes and Catalan tomato bread.
A taverna-style restaurant and bar with loads of charm, Can Cisa is a hotspot for foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. Pull up a chair at one of the rustic wooden tables to discover around 300 wines, all from organic or biodynamic producers around the world. With a classic bodega at its entrance and a wine bar in the back, it offers a laid-back ambiance where you can kick back and peruse the menu filled with Mediterranean sharing plates.
El Sortidors del Parlament
Are you the type of traveler that prefers to mingle with the locals over visiting tourist-filled attractions? Then El Sortidors del Parlament is the wine bar for you. Located in the Sant Antoni neighborhood, you’ll feel like you’re drinking in a traditional Catalan home with its old-school decor while you sample their selection of wine from across Spain. Buy a bottle from the shop and pair it with gourmet Spanish cheeses, meats and olives.
Want to learn more about Barcelona’s wine bars? Join one of the exciting tours at Culinary Paths.