For locals and visitors alike, Barcelona’s colorful Gracia district is not to be missed on weekends. Whether you’re planning to dance until dawn, or relax on a Sunday with a vermut on a sun-drenched plaza, Gracia offers it all.
If you’re looking to enjoy the diversity, bohemian edge, and top notch cocktail locales of the neighborhood, here are the best 5 bars in Gracia to get you started:
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1. Le Standard
Le Standard is a bar cherished by Gracia locals. Equipped with plenty of cozy sofas, moody lights, and a killer seasonally-appropriate cocktail menu, Le Standard is the perfect spot to unwind and chat into the wee hours of the night. If you’re looking for a place to host your next party, look no further—Le Standard offers its adjacent room for private events at a reasonable price. Le Standard also frequently hosts in- house movie screenings and other fun cultural events. Oh, and did I mention tapas-sized fondue?
2. Bodega Marin
Think you’ve had the best vermut? Think again. Bodega Marin’s vermut is, as it’s said, “something to write home about.” Having opened their doors in 1916, it’s no surprise walking into traditional Catalan locale feels like a trip back in time. With sky-high ceilings lined with old wooden barrels of wine, Bodega Marin’s atmosphere is equally impressive as their tapas menu. Olives, fuet, berberechos (cockles), bocadillos, and yummy wintertime caldos are all on the menu. Bodega Marin also offers an unbeatable deal on wine and cava to go for €1 to €2 per liter.
3. Cantina Machito
Just a few steps away from Gracia’s iconic Placa Virreina, you can’t miss the colorful umbrellas and façade of Cantina Machito. Inside, you’ll be delighted by the traditional Mexican papel picado and homage to Frieda Kahlo décor. Choose one of three (or heck, all three!) of Machito’s special grown-up lemonades: basil and lemon, habanero and grapefruit, or thyme and cucumber.
4. La Xula Taperia
If you’ve been in Barcelona long enough, you’ll know no night out is complete without tapas. La Xula Taperia has your back. The tiny locale is hard to spot from the street, but don’t be fooled: it is almost always packed with all sorts of characters munching exquisite tapas and classic wines.
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Drinks and a show, anyone? Teatreneu is Gracia’s very own performance arts hotspot. Whether you’ve booked tickets to the latest show, or you’re just enjoying the fully-loaded bar and lively atmosphere of the artist’s haunt, you’re sure to enjoy the cast and company at Teatreneu.Teatreneu.