What a week we have behind us. Now sitting home in cold Sweden, I am reminiscing our time in Barcelona. The weather was not great to be honest. Last two days it was around +14 Celsius and rain. But we found these amazingly cozy spots for wine, where one could just forget about the world outside, or even enjoy the moist weather.
Can Cisa Bar Brutal is the spot to go and enjoy some nature wines. Located in Born, then restaurant slash wine bar has a great wine list mainly from Spain and France. We tasted some really funky Chardonnays and a red sparkling wine from Penedes. Seriously, when I got that glass of bubbly in front of me, I was afraid I had ordered some Lambrusco by mistake. The color was ruby red but the taste was fresh and fruity, not sweet or tannic at all. A very pleasant experience.
We just walked into the bar without any booking, however were just lucky to grab a table for an hour. Reservations are definitely needed to secure a spot here. The staff were a bit stressed, which is the reason I would not give this place the full five stars. But I will definitely visit again when I have the chance.
Carrer de la Princesa, 14, 08003 Barcelona, +34 933 19 98 81
Viblioteca is a wine and cheese bar located in Grácia, Barcelonas village-within-the-city neighborhood. Its a small place, so make sure to reserve – says the silly Finn who just walked in. Again, I think we were just lucky. The selection is mainly Spanish both for wine and cheese. You can ask the sommelier to make you a delicious pairing.
Carrer de Vallfogona, 12, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 84 42 02
If you would like something old school, head to La Vinya del Senor in Born. This is a place I have walked past many times. It is located on the popular square of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and I have often mistaken it for a tourist trap. Luckily my friends Paula and Tuulia at Tripsteri had written about it in their Barcelona guide (sorry, only in Finnish), and I trusted their judgement enough to give it a fair try.
It was such a fun experience. The bar was murky and moist, classical music was playing and it was pouring outside. We ordered two small cavas by the glass: Juve y Camps blanc de noirs and Mastianell Brut Nature Gran Reserva – both options well chosen by the sommelier. There was also a Larmandier Bernier champagne by the glass – for a decent price might I add – but we were feeling like something local. One could choose a small (9cl) or or a large (18cl) portion of wine, which is rare in Barcelona and always appreciated by a wine enthusiast.
Plaza Sta Maria, 5, 08003 Barcelona, +34 933 10 33 79