Barcelona has one of the most happening bar scenes in the world. Each month a new joint opens up in the city. Design bars, traditional locals, beach bars, bars in the park, bars with terraces… you never need be far from liquid refreshment in this city, the world’s coolest city!

4 Gats
Carrer Montsio 3

No Barcelona bar guide would be complete without Els 4 Gats in the old town. This bar was frequented by a young Picasso and it retains a slightly bohemian, artsy vibe, mixed with its wonderful art nouveau interior.

Boutique Bar at the Ohla Hotel
Via Laietana, 49

A completely different vibe to Els 4 Gats, the Ohla Hotel is a very fine slice of minimalist chic in the heart of Barcelona. Designed by Milan based Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, the premises are in a former department store that was originally designed as the palace of a local Prince. It houses a Michelin-starred restaurant, rooftop pool and of course a seriously hip cocktail bar.

Bar Calders
Carrer del Parlament, 25

A hidden gem for Pere Calders fans. The street named after the Catalan writer is one of the liveliest venues in Sant Antoni. Not only do they have beer, tapas and books by the eponymous writer to browse, they stock four brands of Vermouth..

7 Sins Lounge
Muntaner 7

Given the name of this bar, it is perhaps unsurprising that its signature colour is red. It oozes atmosphere, the walls are red, the light low, and you can recline on red leather chesterfields or chairs.

A bit of decadence in the cities Eixample district, 7 Sins has an upstairs lounge bar serving cocktails and , downstairs with sofas and a dance floor. A fun and lively mix.

El Bar de l’Antic Teatre
Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís, 12

This could not be further from the Boutique Bar at the Ohla Hotel above. Dressed in a worn at the ears look that bookish and cultural venues love, this place oozes relaxed and laid back charm.

Is if that wasn’t enough, L’Antic Teatre has one of the best indoor terraces you’ll ever see, with an enormous courtyard with vegetation and recycled furniture strewn around louchely / haphazardly, the perfect sport to take refuge from the heat and relax with a cold caña.