Barcelona is famous for cocktail bars in general. The bartenders of Barcelona is popular among travelers for creating delicious and the best booze for their guests. As a result, touristic areas are often packed with travelers and other people. It might take a while for you to find a good place to spend your night peacefully. You can ask yourself – also to locals: Where to drink in Barcelona – in peace and calm manner so that you can be able to speak and spend a nice time with your friends, partner or even with family? They are here, we got your back. Here are the 10 best speakeasy bars in Barcelona!
Whether for an aperitif or as a digestif and maybe only for the sake of pleasure, a drink plays an important role -especially for a traveler! Luckily, Barcelona has no shortage of bars, good drinks, cocktails or bartenders. However, this might be a bit of trouble for the travelers as it is a bit challenging for them to find a speakeasy place in Barcelona.
After all, the bars are common socializing areas and they can easily become overcrowded. Sometimes this can ruin your night. If you want to drink the perfect cocktails in Barcelona yet still want to do that in a relaxing and much quieter bar than regular ones – keep scrolling!
Paradiso was known as the hidden bar behind a pastrami-sandwich place and kept as a secret. However now the mystery revealed more or less, it is still fun to go and enjoy this unique experience there. After all, you still pass by from a fridge-door like an entrance to reach here. Cocktails are good; it’s not a super fancy environment. If you want you can grab your cocktail and come to the pastrami bar to have some nibbles with it. Enjoy the night – it’s that easy.
Address:Calle Rera Palau 4
Phone: +34 933 60 72 22
2. DRY MARTINI
This bar is a long time favorite and such a classic that it wouldn’t be fair not to put it on the list. Dry Martini was opened by Don Pere Carbonell in 1978 – so not a new place. Now it is owned and operated by Javier de las Muelas. The bar first started with Dry Martini theme however now has a big range of different cocktails –which all carefully crafted. The staff is professional, service is great, music is not too loud. It’s the perfect place to stop by before a pre-dinner drink.
Address: Aribau 162-166
Phone: +34 932 05 80 70
3. BOBBY’S FREE
When you look at it from outside, you can actually misunderstand the sign of this bar. Below its name, there is a thing saying it’s also a barber shop. The thing is when you book a spot in Bobby’s, you will receive a password and you can’t go into the bar unless you say the password. Isn’t this super cool? Well, if you come inside it is a total cocktail heaven. Bartenders dressed up in blacks and red suspenders. The nice side about this password entrance is “barber” who opens the door for you, makes sure that the place is not crowded – so everybody can feel at ease.
Address: Calle Pau Claris 85
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Another great place from Javier de las Muales. Gimlet was the first venue that he opened up and after he continued his passion by opening other bars such as Dry Martini. Gimlet is still a very popular place among locals; you can see barely any tourists there. Staff is passionate and professional. It’s more what you like I will make kind of menu here especially for cocktails. It’s a calm, cozy place that you can enjoy for after-dinner drinks.
Address:Calle Santalo 46
Phone: +34 932 01 53 06
5. EL ARMARIO
The wardrobe –that’s what it is. The only location information that is known about this place is it’s somewhere in El Raval neighborhood. The location is literally unknown by now. It’s one of the secrets bars of Barcelona – which is thought to be around 40. When you find the wardrobe, you will climb through a wall to reach a hidden small bar. Unless you reach the target you can never know if the bar is open or not. However, we believe that it is worth spending the time to find the place –as you can experience this small adventure and then relax there with a gin-tonic.
Address: Probably near Carrer de la Riereta
Boadas is one of the oldest cocktail bars in Barcelona. When you enter inside you will feel like you are traveling back in time. Those old polished wooden counters and high leather bar chairs remind you of those days. Here you will experience master bartenders who are able you serve you the best cocktails in Barcelona. On the other side, you may have to look around more carefully since it is a bit hard to notice here from outside.
Address: Calle Tallers 1
Phone: +34 933 18 95 92
7. BANKER’S BAR
Barcelona never ceases to amaze you with this kind of beautiful places. Banker’s Bar is built literally in a building – now it’s Mandarin Hotel- which was used as a bank before. The ceiling is full of security boxes – which are all left from the original bank itself. The seating areas are designed according to what you want. You can opt to sit outside and enjoy the breeze. If you prefer to stay in, you can sit next near the counter to have a chat with the bartender. However, this place is perfect for intimate conversations and friends. A popular item is Banker’s Martini here – made with Cardamum Ketel One Vodka, bottoms up!
Address: Passeig de Gracia 38-40
Phone: +34 931 51 88 88
8. OLD FASHIONED
Old Fashioned is a place not only to appreciate the cocktail but also the style and refinement. The cocktails on the menu are mostly gin-based but it’s not a stop for them. Since they also create an impeccable cocktail when you tell what kind of flavors you like. Blend of aromas in the cocktails is mesmerizing over here. The place is named Old Fashioned but that’s only reflected on the interior design. The cocktails taste goes beyond its time!
Address: Calle Santa Teresa 1
Phone: +34 933 68 52 77
Entering Tandem is like going into a hidden passage. There are velvet curtains waiting for you to enter the magical world here. The bar stools are covered in red velvet fabric and wooden walls are shining. The staff here is extremely professional – will all the uniforms there. The atmosphere is inexplicable here. You will feel super isolated from outside and relax with great cocktails here. Salud!
Address: Aribau 86
Phone: +34 934 51 43 30
10. DR. STRAVINKSY
This quirky bar is another place which is hard to reach. Even though it will take time to find it, you will definitely like the atmosphere here. It’s fun but mystical at the same time. You will feel like you are in a laboratory here. The bartenders are like a scientist – who are carefully executing your cocktails like an important experiment. The walls are covered with bottles and jars– homemade alcohols and bitters. The cocktails here mostly contain strong alcohols as a base rather than light ones. If you book before you can occupy their “secret” room with its own music system.
Address: Carrer Mirallers, 5
Phone: +34 931 57 12 33