What I did and saw:
In the city of Barcelona there are beautiful buildings to be found in every area. However, in terms of sightseeing, none of the real Barcelona hotspots are in the L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample area. However, the area is a hotspot for the rising craft beer scene in Barcelona. Thanks to this, the main things I did in this area were try some amazing craft beer, eat some good food, and have some great conversation with interesting people.
Where I ate and drank:
After starting in Scotland, Brewdog has since breached out and opened locations in many countries across the world. This led to their creation of the Intergalactic Beer Visa, which they stamp at each of their locations. I got my first stamp at their Barcelona location where I was living at the time. They offer super tasty drinks, food, and good wifi, friendly staff, and it's a fun place to hangout with friends.
Mikkeller Bar Barcelona-
Another excellent location for craft beer in Barcelona is Mikkeller. These Scandinavian nomadic brewers serve up some of the best drinks I've ever had and also offer some very good food.
Kraftank Barcelona (formerly Napar BCN)-
If you're looking to get excellent craft beer while watching a sporting event, Kraftank is a good option. The often show sports on TV, but if it's a big game then getting a reservation would are a good idea. They also offer a handful of good food options.
Garage Beer Co-
Another solid inclusion on the up-and-coming craft beer scene in Barcelona is Garage Beer Co. They offer solid craft beer in a relaxed, comfortable space.
Another excellent craft beer spot in the Eixample area is BierCab, which features a bottle shop for take-home options in addition to their offerings at their bar/restaurant.
Rosses i Torrades - Celler de Cerveses-
If you are looking for hard to find, excellent craft brews, Rosses i Torrades is a great place to check out. Although they are primarily a bottle shop for take-away options, they also offer a few drinks on tap.
Hopposite BCN-- closed
L´Espumossa Art & Cervesa Bar-- closed
With multiple locations in Barcelona, Chivuos is a great place to get an excellent sandwich and a quality craft beer.
Galeria Cosmo is a nice cafe with some nice juices, good food options and good espresso. They also host a variety of different events and pop-up shops.
While their food options were unfortunately outside of my budget, The Alchemix also offers some tasty and well-presented cocktails.
DeLaCrem is one of my favorite gelato spots in Barcelona.
My favorite hamburger spot in Barcelona is Goiko grill.
Balmes Rosselló is a good restaurant with a varied menu, but their specialty is "the sword," which is like a massive, delicious shish-kabob.
Tomasso - New York Pizza-
If you are looking for quality New York style pizza in Barcelona, Tomasso is a solid spot.
Brunch & Cake-
Brunch & Cake has a few different locations in Barcelona, and three of their locations are in the Eixample area. While they are still one of my favorite breakfast spots in Barcelona, some of their service and food quality seems to have dropped slightly in favor of making their food even more "insta-worthy."
My favorite thing
As mentioned above, the area is a hotspot for the rising craft beer scene in Barcelona.
My least favorite thing
Also as mentioned above, in terms of sightseeing, none of the real Barcelona hotspots are in the L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample area.
For next time
There are still a handful of craft beer and cocktail spots I would like to check out including: Olofson, Solange, Dry Martini, Ideal Cocktail Bar, Hemingway Gin & Cocktail Bar, Tandem Cocktail Bar, La Fabrica del Vermutillo, and Conesa Beer Barcelona. Also, if it is ever in my budget I would love to eat at Disfrutar.
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