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Cocktails in Barcelona - Mag Soundclub

Cocktails in Barcelona

15 must-try cocktails in the Comital City
June 22, 2022
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When in Barcelona, a tasting tour of the city’s best cocktails is a must. 

With classic and chic bars brimming with delicious drinks, you’ll give your taste buds a treat by trying Barcelona’s top cocktails. 

From the sandalwood-infused Martini Reserva Rubino to the foamy Berry White, Barcelona’s menu of boozy drinks is unmatched. 

Here’s your essential guide to the best cocktails in Barcelona.

1. Wild Wild Breakfast at Dry Martini Barcelona

Lovers of top-notch quality bourbon, this bad boy is for you. Featuring a harmonious blend of refreshing citrus and smoky whiskey, Wild Wild Breakfast might not be suitable for the first meal of the day – but it definitely is the embodiment of the “breakfast of the champs” tagline. 

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Wild Wild Breakfast | © @drymartinijdlm / Instagram

This signature cocktail brings together orange, absinthe droplets, Martini Rosso vermouth, Grand Marnier yellow liqueur, Maker’s Mark bourbon and citrus foam – the definition of delish.

Opened in 1978 under the auspices of maestro Pedro Carbonell (who still holds the reins) as part of the Javier de las Muelas empire, Dry Martini is more of a mixology institution rather than a bar. 

This place is so classy you can picture a tuxedoed James Bond sipping his masterfully-made Martini – and that alone speaks volumes about the people who pass through the bar’s doors.

2. Martini Reserva Rubino at Bocca di Bonifacio

The past and the present are two antithetical concepts, so merging them seamlessly is no easy feat.

But Bocca di Bonifacio’s reiteration of the classic Negroni does it like it’s its job. Martini Rubino, artisan vermouth and botanical extracts such as sandalwood team up to give a twist to the traditionally-bitter cocktail. 

Bocca di Bonifacio’s mission is to bring quintessential Italian mixology to Spain’s sun-soaked grounds.

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Martini Reserva Rubino | © @bocca_di_bonifacio / Instagram

Through its rustic decor and menu brimming with Italian delicacies, this artisanal bar is a pro at transporting its guests into a Rome watering hole.  

Maybe this is one of the reasons why both locals and tourists marked the bar as the go-to place for post-work drinking.

3. Popeye Sour at Creps al Born

When your mom complains about your greens intake, do a “Salud” with a Popeye Sour. This boozy concoction became a legend at Creps al Born, but not (necessarily) because it packs a vitamins-fuelled punch.

Popeye Sour strikes a good balance between healthy and dizzy with its combo of lime, almond syrup, ginger, spinach leaves and Mezcal.

Popeye Sour | © @crepsalbornbcn / Instagram

Creps al Born is more than the place where savoury crepes and boozy drinks meet. From the moment you set foot in this tiki-themed bar, your eyes will be instantly glued to the flamingos and pineapples decorating every corner.

It’s either that or the bartenders’ beaming faces. Either way, one thing’s for sure – you’re in good hands. 

Although the bar’s carefully-curated list of cocktails embodies the Spanish spirit, well-lubricated tourists making the most of their pre-drinking session will outsize the watering hole.

4. Berry White at Numero Nueve

Berry White might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but its foamy layering deserves a spot on your social media feed.

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Berry White | © @crepsalbornbcn / Instagram

If the cocktail’s aesthetics haven’t convinced you yet, maybe the infallible combination of lemongrass, vodka, lemon, raspberry and egg white will curb your sugar cravings. 

Did someone just say quirky? Because Numero Nueve has been summoned.

Nestled in the Spanish city’s core, this watering hole features a jaw-dropping selection of cocktails, but it doesn’t fall short when it comes to decor either. Mosaic floors, cobblestone walls and wacky bar stools call for one thing – a hippie crowd (and a few cocktails, too). 

5. Mrs. Potts and Little Chip at The Alchemix

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Mrs. Potts and Little Chip | © @the_alchemix / Instagram

When you are a cocktail aficionado on the outside and a Disney movie lover on the inside, there is only one boozy concoction that will satisfy both your taste buds and soul.

Bringing the Beauty and the Beast-y vibes, Mrs. Potts and Little Chip is an icy cocktail featuring tea, rosewater, lychee and hibiscus.

Best thing about it? It is served in a teacup and a smoking teapot. The taste isn’t sugary – it’s bittersweet perfection.

Bringing the art of mixology to an adulation level is what makes a cocktail unforgettable – and The Alchemix seems to know that best. Instead of focusing on an a la carte cocktail menu, this watering hole features 11 cocktails that play with jaw-dropping elements, such as foam, smoke and glazes. 

Groups of thirsty tourists chinking glasses are not an uncommon sight at The Alchemix. But so aren’t locals celebrating their eternal love for boozy drinks with another glass. 

6. Tuber Negroni at Dr. Stravinsky

Tuber Negroni | © @dr.stravinsky_bcn / Instagram

A sheer explosion of crisp flavors, the Tuber Negroni is your average Campari cocktail with a twist.

With black truffle Mezcal Montelobos, vermouth, Campari and Licor D’Avet by Artesana de Licores at its core, this boozy drink is doomed to sweep you off your feet. 

As one of Barcelona’s mixology temples, Dr. Stravinsky opens a new world of drinking experiences through its vintage-loving style decor and in-house ingredients.

Behind its deep-red doors, both locals and tourists relish in everything that Dr. Stravinsky has to offer.

7. Chilcano at Hemingway Cocktail Bar

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Chilcano | © @hemingway_bcn  / Instagram

Brace yourself for the ultimate bitter killer, Chilcano.

Mixing tequila, Blanco, elderflower, Martini Floreale, rosemary, grapefruit tonic and egg white, this boozy concoction finds the midway between bitter and floral for a lip-smacking taste. 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise since the speakeasy-style Hemingway Cocktail Bar has a soft spot for everything gin-infused.

In other words, whoever is a gin aficionado should tick this Barcelona bar off their list.

Well-appointed and cozy, this watering hole is a preferred spot for solo drinkers and couples due to its intimate environment. 

8. Orange Blossom Sour at La Whiskeria

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Orange Blossom Sour | © @lawhiskeriabcn / Instagram

Earthy bourbon, Oloroso sherry, fresh lemon, citrusy syrup and bitters – doesn’t that sound like the type of wish you’d ask the Genie for?

Good thing that you don’t have to rub the lamp – just take a sip of the Orange Blossom Sour cocktail. 

Its guardian, La Whiskeria, is an art deco bar oozing with timeless elegance and a nod to American Jazz.

But La Whiskeria’s decor is not the only thing making guests keep coming back.

At the end of the day, this watering hole has an innovative take on whisky-based cocktails – no wonder the bar’s shelves brim with 250 types of whiskey.

As you might imagine, everyone who passes through the bar’s doors is a whiskey enthusiast.

9. Copacabana at Mr. White Cocktail Bar

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Copacabana | © @mrwhitecocktailbar / Instagram

Okay, we got it. The sight of a beautifully-layered Barcelona cocktail won’t make your jaw drop. But would you feel the same about the infallible Cachaca, fernet, tonka fava, lime and apple combo?

We thought that, too – Copacabana is doomed to become your post-work boozy obsession.  

As the place to be for gin and whiskey enthusiasts, Mr. White is a point of reference for Barcelonian cocktail experiences.

Uber-trendy and utterly futuristic, this watering hole is both eye candy and soul food. Maybe this is one of the reasons why it is a beloved spot among both tourists and locals.

10. Bitter Cask at Farola

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Bitter Cask | © @farolabcn / Instagram

Bitter Cask is one of those things where a sip is all it takes for you to fall in love.

A foolproof blend of vintage Campari, Laphroaig, vermouth and gin embodies the modern Barcelona spirit while tasting bomb. 

And its producer doesn’t fall short either.

Not only that Farola is one of the Spanish city’s backbones when it comes to artisan mixology, but it also has the ‘best Mediterranean food around’ card up its sleeve.

Whoever wants to eat and drink like a Barcelonian will pass through this watering hole’s doors.

11. Da Vinci at Gimlet

Epitomizing Gilmet’s ethos, the Da Vinci cocktail features a balanced mixture of raspberry syrup, Martini Rosso, Galliano liqueur, and Black Cord Freixenet.

It pretty much sounds like the go-to drink for someone who loves a cocktail that knows how to pack a punch and sugarcoats it. 

Every night at Gimlet, boozy concoctions fill the wooden tables under the watch of mixology masters.

Da Vinci | © @gimletcocktailbar / Instagram

The bar’s constant dedication to delivering top-notch drinking experiences and delish cocktails is what makes it a beloved spot by everyone.

12. Clitorio at Perros Mediterraneos

Clitorio | © @perros.mediterraneos / Instagram

Both jaw-dropping and lip-smacking, Clitorio is the kind of cocktail that makes you ask for round two.

Its combination of gin, beetroot juice, lime, elderflower syrup and cava deliver the perfect balance between herbal, floral and bitter. 

Popular amongst hippie crowds, Perros Mediterraneos is all about the alternative vibe.

Otherwise we can’t explain its modern-industrial look, urban furniture and abstract paintings. 

13. Tiki’s Sake at Clubhaus

When in Barcelona, artisan cocktails are the first thing to tick off your list. The multicultural Tiki’s Sake is a good starting point.

We say multicultural because it meshes Tiki origins and Asian flavors together through its blend of Santa Teresa Rum, green tea sake, Rubino Martini, Orgeat, pineapple and passion fruit Lassi. 

The only place where you can sip on it is ClubHaus, AKA the Barcelonian bar where art, eatery and mixology come together in an electric aesthetic. 

While during daytime it can be the perfect place for an afternoon kombucha while cleaning your email list, the watering hole morphs into a boisterous hotspot when the night settles in.

Tiki’s Sake | © @iamclubhaus / Instagram

14. Seattle at Bobby’s Free

Seattle | © @bobbysfree / Instagram

Have you ever thought about adding berries to your coffee? Now it’s your chance to dive into this off-the-wall combo and make it boozy with this Barcelona cocktail. The cheeky Seattle is all about blackberries, raspberry balsamic, coffee foam and sweet Porto wine. 

Although Bobby’s Free looks like a cotidian barbershop from the outside, its speakeasy walls are home to one of Barcelona’s most creative cocktail lists.

With a unique selection of gin and tonics, this bad boy never underdelivers when it comes to mixology – on the contrary, it exceeds your expectations.

15. Trumpets of Death at Marlowe Bar

Channeling your inner dark side, Trumpets of Death is a boozy concoction made of kefir, aged Zapiain, trumpets of mort and a sweet-flavored wine called Kina San Clemente.

In other words, it is the kind of cocktail that sends you to another galaxy.

Considering its intimate and sober vibe, it comes as no surprise that this watering hole’s name was inspired by a detective.

Philip Marlowe might be just a fictional character, but he found another home in the bar’s undeniable elegance.

Trumpets of Death | © @marlowe_bar / Instagram

Although this is a go-to spot for locals, it is also scattered with unwieldy tourism – so expect both Barcelonians and internationals to clink their Martini glasses.

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