Our top 5 best vermouth bars in Barcelona
The tradition of drinking vermouth has been a major part of Catalan culture since the 19th century, when the iconic Italian apéritif first started being imported into Spain. Not long after, dozens of factories in Catalonia began producing it locally, and the drink soon became indissociable from the region’s epicurean lifestyle.
The old-school habit of indulging in a nice, chilled glass of vermouth before lunch with friends has been enjoying quite the regain in popularity in Barcelona over the past few years. To help you imbibe like a local, we’ve prepared a handy selection of the best vermouth drinkeries in town.
Quimet & Quimet
Quimet & Quimet is something of a local institution, so we feel it’s the perfect place to start. Boasting more than a century of history, this old-school vermouth bar – think high wooden beams and shelves packed with dust-covered bottles – is as authentic as it gets. Make sure you order some of their delicious conservas, montaditos and tapas with a contemporary twist to go with your drink.
La Vermutería del Tano
Open since 1927, this place went through several unofficial monikers before landing on La Vermutería del Tano – after the name of its beloved current owner, Cayetano, who took over almost three decades ago. Located in the heart of Gràcia, this authentic winery is like a living museum of Barcelona’s traditional bar culture, and one of the best spots in town for vermouth and tapas with a side of people-watching.
La Bodegueta de Cal Pep
Located in the familiar Sants district, La Bodegueta de Cal Pep is one of the longest standing old-school bodegas in town. Beloved by locals, this friendly neighborhood joint draws customers from all over the city on the weekends, all coming to enjoy the delicious vermouth, excellent wine, and mouth-watering tapas del mercado made with fresh ingredients from the nearby Sants market.
For something with a more modern twist, make sure you check out hipster hotspot Morro Fi. The tapas are to die for, the vermouth is homemade (following a secret recipe), and the company is always excellent. You’ll be lucky if you find a table, but if you don’t, do it like the locals and have your vermouth standing at the bar.
With its theatrical atmosphere and eclectic decor, this intimate bohemian bar is a must-visit. Come for the delicious food and drinks, quirky interior and warm atmosphere, stay for the exceptional live music that always gets everyone on their feet. More than just a bar, this century-old venue is a whole experience.
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