If you have been living in Barcelona for a while now, you have probably overheard somebody talking about going to “hacer el vermut“, which basically means to go out and drink vermouth.
For many expats, this herb-infused wine is only associated with cocktails such as the Manhattan, but drinking it on its own has never fallen completely out of favor in the old continent. In fact, the process involved in making vermouth dates back more than a thousand years. In Barcelona, it is typically paired with potato chips, olives, and mussels marinated in vinegar to whet your appetite before lunch.
Located in the heart of Poblenou, a couple of blocks away from the rambla, is this self-described “gastrococteleria” which is located in an old hardware store. Seemingly outfitted with decor which pays homage to the 1970s, this place whips up a mean Aperol Spritz — albeit a bit on the pricey side. The best time to go is during mid-day when you can share a platter of assorted snacks. Pujades 196 Poblenou, Metro line
While we are on the topic of places that are not so budget-friendly, this bodega deserves a mention for several reasons, chief among them being that it is the brainchild of Albert Adrià who has set out to revive the glory days and the glamour of the traditional vermuteria with a menu that serves up a modern twist on tried and true favorites like patatas bravas. Tamarit 91 Poble Sec, Metro line 3
Let’s move on to some more down-home places de toda la vida as they say in Spanish. When you’re at Bar Chiqui, you can tell that their customers are regulars that will continue showing up long after the vermouth boom loses steam. It’s the quintessential vermuteria whose seafood combo plates give you a good bang for your buck, or as they say in Spanish “están muy bien calidad-precio”. Vilamarí 29 Poble Sec, Metro line 2
Vermuteria del Tano
If you like to be right in the mix of things, Vermuteria del Tano is your spot. As well as having a great atmosphere of people from all walks of life, it has all the acoutrements of an authentic vermouth place — antique ice box chest refrigerator included. Joan Blanques 17 Joanic, Metro line 4
What do you guys prefer, vermut bars de toda la vida or posh ones? Let us know!