Only a short distance from Plaça d’Espanya, the charming neighbourhood of Poble Sec, in the Montjuïc district, is captivating by its authenticity. With a bohemian past that is still noticeable in its gastronomy, Poble Sec is an excellent option for those looking to try some tapas close to the city centre but far from the big crowds of tourists. For your enjoyment, here are the most popular tapas bars in Poble Sec:
Lolita is a bar, restaurant and bistro. During the day, it offers a wide selection of creative tapas, which you can accompany with some wine, a glass of champagne or a traditional Moritz beer. If you’re lucky, maybe you can grab a spot in their awesome terrace and enjoy a nice view of the city. There’s only one table for big groups, so if you’re planning on going there with a bunch of friends, make sure to book in advance. At night, the place turns into a nightclub, with a nice cocktail menu and live DJ performances. A true all-in-one place with a permanent cool vibe.
Address: Carrer Tamarit, 104, local 2-4.
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Quimet & Quimet
Despite being a very small place with only a bar and two tables, Quimet & Quimet has become, over the years, a truly iconic part of Barcelona. Open since 1914, it has been run by four different generations of Quimets, but its original spirit never changed – an informal place with a very relaxed atmosphere, it offers delicious food, great wine and good humour. Taste their creative tapas once and you’ll be sure to become another one of their many loyal customers.
Address: Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25.
Celler Cal Marino
Right in the centre of Poble Sec, this charismatic bar combines the spirit of traditional wineries with a more modern presentation. A legendary establishment in the neighbourhood, their tapas and pinchos are original in presentation and incredible in taste, always made with only high-quality ingredients. From bocadillos to traditional cheeses, there’s a lot to choose from in Cal Marino – even more conventional lunch and dinner dishes. They also have a shop where you can buy all kinds of wine, foreign and craft beers, vermouth and various delicatessen products.
Address: Carrer de Margarit, 54.
Vicios y virtudes
With an informal and welcoming atmosphere, Vicios is the perfect meeting point for groups of friends. Whether you’re looking to have a drink in the afternoon or dance to live music at night, you’ll feel right at home here. Make sure to try their homemade tapas, which are prepared with ingredients from their own vegetable garden and based on time-tested Mediterranean recipes.
Address: Carrer de Blasco de Garay, 10.
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In addition to these places, there’s a particular street you should visit in Poble Sec, as it is home to plenty of tapas bars – Carrer de Blai. That makes it around 20 establishments for you to visit in this Barcelona neighbourhood alone! Which one are you going to try first? Let us know using the comment box below. Enjoy those tapas!
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