BODEGAS (a catch-all Spanish term for bars, wine bars, and cellars) are in Barcelona's DNA. They are where Barcelonians gather to drink, eat, and make sense of the world. We love bodegas, and a meeting at one for an aperitif can last through the afternoon, evening, and even into the early hours of the morning. Over time, many bodegas have evolved into wine bars, without losing their essence: They still offer classic beverages by the bottle, simple yet elevated food, and warm service. Others have become more sophisticated, presenting elaborate tapas and dishes that rival restaurant entrées. And then there’s still another (new) format of wine bar that place natural wines, local ingredients, and seasonality at the fore.
As a wine lover, foodie, and food journalist in Barcelona, I deeply appreciate any locale where eating provokes joy. In this guide I have included recommendations for all palettes, with plenty of options by the glass — or the bottle.
Bars With Bites
Bar SalvatgeCasual natural wines with snacks and tapas
La Vinya del SenyorAn expansive wine list paired with Gothic architecture
Bar BrutalLate night fuel and biodynamic wines
La GraciosaNatural wines with seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes
La Vinoteca de Can CalopaA quick, wine-centric escape from the city
El Tros Bar de VinsA unique Catalonia-centric spot
Bottle Shops With Bars
Bar Bodega QuimetSpanish classics for now or later
Món Vínic StoreA bounty of sustainable bottles
LAVICOCAAn indulgent menu with walkable art and culture
Vins PER TUA hidden shop, bar, and more
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Mònica Escudero Writer
Mònica Escudero is a food journalist at El Comidista on El País. Previously, she directed the city magazines Barcelonés and Madriz. She also writes regularly for El País Semanal and her stories have been published in Icon, Marie Claire, S Moda, and Harper's Bazaar.