Authentic cocktail bars: a Barcelona friend’s top tips

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If you are looking for an authentic Barcelona bar where you can enjoy a drink in a unique atmosphere, then follow the advice of my good friend Susana!

authentic cocktail bars Boadas

What better way to find authenticity than to ask the advice of one of your friends from Barcelona, who happens to know the city like the back of their hand?
Here are some tips written in Spanish by my friend Susana, followed by my translation. Enjoy!

Boadas: an authentic and emblematic bar

Opened in 1933 at the corner of the Ramblas and Tallers street, Boadas is one of the oldest cocktail bars in the city and a veritable Barcelona institution.

What Susana thinks: El bar Boadas es uno de mis bares favoritos por ser una coctelería auténtica, con los mismos camareros de siempre y regentada por la misma familia. Nada más entrar tienes la sensación de pisar la Barcelona de antes y la de siempre. Yo no perdono una navidad sin pasar por el Boadas. Parada obligada! 

  • Boadas is one of my favourite bars as it’s an authentic cocktail bar that’s always been owned by the same family, and with the same servers. You’re barely inside when you have the impression of taking a nostalgic leap back in time to discover an older but constant side of Barcelona. I can’t get through Christmas without heading to Boadas. It’s obligatory!

Where? Tallers, 1; Raval
When? Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 2am, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3am.
Why? For its vintage charm

Merbeyé: an authentic and romantic bar

merbeye: interior

What Susana thinks: Merbeyé es uno de mis bares favoritos por ser un local íntimo, arriba de la montaña del Tibidabo, que respira un aire romántico sin caer en lo cursi, música electrónica chill out mediante. Además, está ubicado en una zona desde donde puedes tener una vistas fantásticas de la ciudad. En época de buen tiempo hay a veces la posibilidad de ir a una terraza en el piso superior desde donde tener una vista panorámica. Sube al Merbeyé y acuérdate de besar!

  • Merbeyé’s intimate charm makes it one of my favourite bars. Perched at the top of mount Tibidabo, this bar is romantic without being mawkish, thanks to its electronic chill out soundtrack.
    It also has a very special location, which provides a fantastic view of the city. On nice days it is sometimes possible to go on the first floor terrace and have Barcelona at your feet. Don’t miss going up to Merbeyé, a dream place for a romantic interlude!

Where? Plaça Dr. Andreu, 2; Sant Gervasi
When? 1st of April to 1st of October, every day from 10am to 3am and from 1st of October to 1st of May from 10am to 3am Wednesday to Sunday.
Why? For its unique location in the Barcelona hills

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A huge thank you to my great friend Susana, who didn’t hesitate to take the time to write this article with me. Cheers Susanita!

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Valérie, the creator of Barcelona Top Travel Tips, loves discovering new places, finding the words to describe them, and coming up with little illustrations for the website. Her favourite thing in Barcelona is the unusual, curvy architectural features of some of the city’s buildings. Some say she’s a dreamer… in any case, a city full of works by Gaudí is a great place for her!