I have talked about speakeasies in Barcelona in a previous post, but there some other great places that are hidden in plain sight. They do not require a password to enter, you just need to know where to find them. Here they are:
Caelum looks like it is just selling candies and sweets, but they offer more than that. Once you go inside, there are stairs that lead to a cool basement area where they serve a variety of cakes, small desserts, craft beer, good drinks, and a nice tea menu. It is easy to walk past but worth stopping in.
Kælkerkold is a great craft beer spot just off La Rambla. While many people walk past the spot, they do not know that inside Kælkerkold is a quality cocktail bar called Å Bar. Just go inside, go past the Kælkerkold bar, down a few steps, and you arrive at Å Bar. If you prefer craft beer to cocktails you can grab one from Kælkerkold and bring it back with you. It’s the best of both worlds.
Located around the corner from the Palau de la Música Catalana, Antic Teatre is another place that is very easy to walk past. However, once you enter and go up the stairs it opens up to a cool garden area where you can grab a drink and a snack. The prices are very economical for bar Iberian bar snacks like olives, and in terms of drinks they offer wine, beer, and cocktails. The wine or vermouth are probably the best value buys, as the craft beer they do have is a bit pricy, while the wine and vermouth are good and relatively cheap.
El Bosc de les Fades-
Connected to the wax museum just off La Rambla is El Bosc de les Fades. With some of the wax displays it is a bit magical and can be a bit creepy, but it is very unique. They don’t have anything amazing or unique in terms of food and drink, but they do offer good wine and sangria for good prices, especially when considering the unique fantastical forest setting and the proximity to La Rambla. They operate as a cafe during the day and a wine bar at night.
Located in the Gothic Quarter not far from La Rambla, Bar Jardí is an oasis in a tourist heavy part of town. Set amongst a bunch of shops, looks for the A-frame sign for Bar Jardí, go through the stores, and follow the neon sign up the steps. Once you go up the steps the garden bar opens up. They serve various espresso drinks, vermouth, cocktails, wines, and a few craft beers.
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