Craft beer, gin and vermouth are all popular on the Barcelona scene and I’ve picked out a few places for you that stood out during my recent visit. One piece of advice for visiting Barcelona would be to avoid drinking on the tourist trap that is Las Rambla. Just a few streets away you will find much nicer places and get better value.
At Fàbrica Moritz in the Raval area, all the beer consumed is produced on-site in the microbrewery. They produce Pilsner style beers as well as artisan beers, limited editions, wheat specialties and ales. The basement area is stunning, I would love to have a party here! So make sure you go downstairs and take a peek at the brewery and strike a pose in front of the lit glass. The place is open from 6am until 3am, so there’s no excuse not to pop in for a drink during your visit to Barcelona.
BierCaB is located near the University in the Eixample area and has a staggering 30 beers on tap! A list of the beers is displayed on screens in the bar. I hear the patatas bravas is pretty good here too. However, a word of warning: if anyone with you isn’t a beer fan, they may struggle to find an alternative drink at this bar. The barman looked at me like I was nuts when I asked for a glass of Cava!
Garage Beer Co is a newly opened microbrewery which is just around the corner from BierCaB. With eight beers on tap, there is a smaller selection than BierCaB. However, the consensus from our group was that Garage Beer Co felt much more down to earth and a place that you could comfortably relax for a few hours. Make sure you check out their signature beer, Riba, which is a refreshing Pilsner style beer.
Negroni cocktail bar is a tiny place in the Raval neighbourhood that you could easily walk past and miss out on the most fantastic cocktails. There is no menu but the bartender is happy to whip you up your favourite cocktail or invent one for you based on your preferences. My Bramble cocktail was to die for and one of my friends said that he had “the best Negroni” he’d ever tasted. This is serious praise indeed considering he is a bartender himself and has very high standards when it comes to cocktails. The bar has a great range of spirits including a gin selection that made me green with envy! This place is perfect for pre or post dinner drinks and the cocktails average around €8.
Last but not least, Alsur Café in El Born district of Barcelona has a lovely terrace area in the square which is perfect for afternoon drinks in the sun. Inside there is quirky decoration and plenty of locals utilising the free wifi! This felt like a trendy neighbourhood and during our drinks we got to listen to a gypsy punk band who were playing in the square. The mojitos are delicious here and only €3.60. I can also highly recommend the Tom Collins! The Café is a five minute walk from the Cathedral and is worth stopping by if you’re in the area.