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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Vermut – the aperitif in Barcelona
The once traditional culture of aperitif with vermouth, (known here as vermut) has somewhat re-emerged. The art of vermouth drinking is something that really starts to mark the real days of summer. A simple glass traditionally accompanied with salty snack such as olives, becomes habitual during the hotter months. Sitting on the terrace with a glass of vermouth, while relaxing in the sun is most definitely a delight. Let’s not forget that you can also visit a bodega and treat yourself to more than a drop straight from the tap. Can life get much better? Barcelona has an abundance of places to drink, so whether you prefer to sit in a traditional bar or somewhere more contemporary, below you will find a list of some our favorites.
This little tapas place is located right in the centre of Born on Calle Rec and is a nice place to enjoy a drink as you look out onto passersby in the neighborhood. Here you can tuck into tasty hand cut patata bravas, buñuelos de bacalao (cod fish fritters) and wash it all down with homemade vermouth.
Rec 31, 08003
Cala del Vermut
If you don’t mind standing, we suggest you pop over to this charming and authentic place in the gothic quarter. It oozes tradition with references to nautical themes and vintage photos of Costa Brava emblazoned on the walls. It is more like a “lock in”, as there isn’t a door, just a simple shutter to open and close but don’t let this deter you. They serve their own label of vermouth and at around 6 euros you can buy a bottle to take home.
Carrer Magdalenes 6
Bar Bodega Quimet
Traditional low lit bodega run by a young crowd. Barrels are sporadically placed around the venue, as are small tables for you to enjoy a glass of vermouth whilst conversing with friends. Gràcia, the bohemian neighborhood famed for it’s laid back and artsy culture and bodegas, plays the perfect host for such an apéritif before heading out for lunch. They also rustle up tasty, local tapas well presented! Note that it gets rather busy here, take that as a good sign. This is most definitely one to go to, if you want to mix with those in the barrio.
Carrer de Vic, 23,
Based in the sunny side of Eixample, you can have another place to go to if you want a taste of the real in the center. Sure it has had lots of press and gets ram packed, but it is with all good reason. They also have a food and drink blog “dels del morro fi” (“the fancy eaters”) which pays homage to the aperitif culture.
c/Consell de Cent 171 (corner c/Comte Borrell)
Located just near Sagrada Familía, this place serves white and red wine, moscatel and vermouths made by the family bodega in the province of Tarragona, and have been doing so since 1945. Two brothers successfully relaunched this family business and decided to bottle up their wines with their very own line. At the wine bar you can get vermouths straight from the barrel and even concoct your very own blend. Not sure which one? Feel free to taste first. Even the cheeses and breads are locally produced from their town in the Catalonian region, and the chorizo and other snacks are equally tasty. A true testament to countryside style in Barcelona.
0034 93 4367628
New on the scene Adrià´s Bodega 1900 serves to “feature a menu of homemade seafood preserves and other food treats that have historically complemented vermut” (interview with Foods from Spain). Even the decor evokes that of a more historic time and the tapas available is delicious. Adriá will be offering vermouth based cocktails and sangrias unlike other vermuterias. Note that they are currently on vacation and return on 26th August, it will also be open on Sunday and midday.
c/ Tamarit 91
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