Barcelona's King of Drinks: Vermouth and Best Places to Enjoy it

Barcelona, Spain

8 places

Kristina Shvets

While sangria is consumed only by tourists in Barcelona, the real king of drinks among the locals is vermouth. You can try this strong red wine with herbs and spices almost anywhere. Served with a slice of orange and an olive, it is popular for a reasonable price and can be drunk at any time of the day. An integral part of the ritual is an old soda siphon: soda is poured into vermouth as a final touch, which you will definitely appreciate later in the evening. We invite you to join us on a walk around the bars where vermouth, a siphon and snacks is a combination to worship.


The best combination of buying some good wine and drinking it on the spot. For the real experience, bring your own bottle – nice owners will fill it with top-notch vermouth and offer you starters. The place is not far from the famous Sagrada Familia, so have a walk around to feel the genius of Gaudi.

A glass of vermouth - €2

Morro Fi

This tiny vermouth place looks spooky – a cellar with shelves packed with homemade vermouth and canned olives. Definitely not a lunch place, this is an ideal spot to have a drink with anchovies and olives. Grab one, feel comfortable on the terrace and watch Left Eixample residents. Take a bottle of homemade Morro Fi as a souvenir or a before-bedtime aperitif.


The mall itself is nothing special – the usual selection of local favorites – Mango, Desigual, Calzedonia, Intimissimi and other popular mass market brands. The highlight is a rooftop observation deck offering an awesome panoramic view of Spanish Square and Montjuic.

Quimet & Quimet

This tiny bodega wine joint has been here for a century. Start with special tapas made of fresh right-from-the-market products. Pick any, the more, the better. Getting to the bar is a bigger challenge as accolades in The New York Times and The Guardian brought all gastrotourists of the world to Quimet & Quimet. The bar also sells al their stuff, so you can get some edible and drinkable souvenirs.

Bar Calders

Each month new venues appear close to avenida Paral-lel and San Antoni, and Bar Calders is not an exception. It has everything that is trendy in Barcelona – a terrace with flowers, home-made tapas, vermouth for the connoisseurs, charming waiters and nice indie music. It is one of those bars that you leave tipsy and with full stomach, having paid your laughable 10 Euros. If you come here on Friday, the buzz of Spanish words will make your glass of vermouth tremble, but isn’t it what makes it a real Spanish bar?

A glass of vermouth costs 1.40 Euros.


Clara, the owner of this restored vintage furniture store, buys and collects old, second-hand or abandoned pieces and turns them into works of art. The place is a treasure trove of tin boxes, wooden stools with ornaments and beads of old keys – so tempting to spend here the entire evening.

Bodega 1900

The vermouth bar belongs to Albert Adria, the founder of one of Barcelona’s top restaurants The Tickets. This tapas bar is just perfect – great starters and the right vermouth. Start with the drink and explore the menu – its size tempts to order everything twice. A must-eat is stuffed olives (one of the best in town) and plain tomato salad. To say nothing of ham croquettes.


The tiny bar with a veranda has more than just good vermouth but a great weekend brunch. It attracts lots of young artists and hipsters praising local sandwiches and buying up all deserts before lunch. Free Wi-Fi is a nice bonus and a rare thing in Barcelona.


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