When I meet someone new in Barcelona, I prepare myself for the “Three Questions”:
Them: “How long have you lived here?”
Me: “Almost 8 years.”
Them: “Do you like it?”
Them: “Why did you move to Barcelona?”
Depending on my mood, I give some long-winded story about adventure and heartbreak, blah, blah, blah, or I tell the truth; “I came for the olives and wine.”
I am a wino. I also like a good beer, but if made to choose, go for the wine over beer every time.
Wine in Spain can be exorbitant or dirt-cheap. There is a lot of excellent wine for under €5 the bottle, making Spain and Barcelona a shoestring wino’s paradise. If you, too, swoon for fermented grapes, then put these bars on your must-drink list.
Carrer de les Magdalenes 19, 08002, Barcelona
Serving pretty much all Catalan and Spanish wines, here you’ll come across an extensive wine menu and 16 labels served by the glass. Over 200 types of wine can be ordered by the bottle! Onofre also does tasty tapas and an excellent lunch menu for less than $20.
La Vinya del Senyor
Plaça Santa María, 5, 08003, Barcelona
La Vinya del Senyor carries over 400 wines in a fab setting right in front of Santa Maria del Mar Basilica. Remember the book “Cathedral of the Sea” by Ildefonso Falcones de Sierra? It’s written about this basilica. Their 20 wines by-the-glass change every 15 days. You can choose between reds, whites, cavas, Champagnes, and sweet wines like sherry.
Agullers, 7, 08003, Barcelona
Vila Viniteca is enormous, taking up an entire street. Go into the deli and down the stairs to find the tiny bar. Any deli item can be served up with one of their 13 wines by the glass, which are mostly Spanish. They also carry 350 types of cheese!
Do you have a favorite wine bar in Barcelona?
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