Barcelona Cocktail Bars & Lounges

Beer drinkers and wine lovers for most of their history, the Catalans were slow to embrace the delights of spirits - and the art of mixing them together. However in recent years cocktails have been coming to the fore, with a rush of bars and lounges opening up around Barcelona, serving a vast and tasty array of concoctions to excite the most discerning of palates. This being Spain, where the precise measuring of alcohol is considered uncouth, drinks are mixed as strong as you like, so be warned before you set off on that epic bar crawl or order one too many mojitos with your dinner!

Below is by no means an exhaustive list, but we list some of our favourite cocktail bars in the city. From upscale lobbies in 5-star hotels, where you can mingle with polite company, and lush sky bars overlooking the city, to homely haunts around the Old Town where your well-mixed margarita comes with eulogies about Barca FC and the sofas are as well-worn as those in your aunt's living room... Barcelona has the perfect sipping spot for you. Mojitos and caipirinhas are the people's choice, but shop around and you'll be able to find anything from 'Porn Star Martinis' to 'Panther's Milk' on the drinks menu, whilst a new generation of ambitious mixologists are being celebrated for their innovative libations. This being Cava country you'll also find some sinfully sparkling Champagne cocktails!

Above: Make mine a mojito por favor!

Highly Rated Cocktail Bars & Lounges

Find some great recommendations below. Click on the individual bar names (blue links) to reveal more info, location map, photos and public reviews.

Marmalade Bar
Smooth, low-lit and plenty of well-dressed good-lookers loafing around - Marmalade is your archetypal cocktail lounge, thankfully without ever delving into the realms of pretentiousness. As well as traditional combinations you'll find a hit-list of original mixes such as 'La Cucaracha' (The Cockroach), Champagne Charlies and yes the Porn Star Martini.

Slow Cocktail Bar & Boîte
For a truly classy cocktail experience it's hard to beat a night at Slow, where award-winning bartender Francesc Bretau performs liquid alchemy as he rustles together some of the most mouthwatering concoctions in town - try the 'Chocolate Bubbles' if you want to see what we mean! Whilst Barcelona's elite mingle and chat in the front bar earlier on in the evening, later at night Slow's intimate upstairs disco rocks to an eclectic mix of dancefloor friendly tracks.

Le Pop Cocktail Bar
Remember those Cava cocktails we just mentioned? Here's where you can get them, courtesy of Le Pop's celebrated barman, Juan Jose. His 'Sparkling Menu' contains the likes of the Catalan Bellini, made with Gin Mare and Cava, whilst you can also choose eccentric offerings like 'Cat Food', made from tequila, vanilla, coriander, passion fruit, and topped with beer and served in a can. One to get your paws on for sure! Nestled in the five star folds of Le Méridien Hotel, you can expect great service and a sophisticated after work ambience.

Milk Barcelona
The little sister of the aforementioned Marmalade bar, Milk has won a place in the heart of many a visitor to Barcelona, many of whom return again for another shot at the venue's tantalising drinks menu. The Revolver and Whiskey Savage are two editorial faves. Find in Gotico, near the Post Office.

A perfectly preserved slice of the 1930s, this legendary watering hole is the oldest cocteleria not just in the city - but in the country! Founded by the eponymous Boadas after he returned from mixing Cuba Libre's in the world famous La Floridita in Havana. If you like your Martinis mixed by a tuxedo-wearing pro be sure to sidle through their red door on La Rambla.

Rouge Bar
It's hard to beat this hidden gem in Poble Sec if it's atmosphere you're after. Red lights, cherubs, erotic artwork - you'll feel like you're in a Parisien bordello. The drinks ain't bad either!

Betty Ford's
Surreptitiously positioned on the top of Joaquin Costa in Raval, this Australian-run bar is far from your typically Ozzie spit and sawdust pub. You'll find projections, murals and a Boho crowd to go with your cocktails. The Daiquiri is a winner.

Sugar Bar
A classic stop off point just round the back of Plaza Real, Sugar is perfect for drinking quality concoctions, like mojitos and white russians, on the cheap - amongst similarly inebriated backpackers on leave from their hostels. Grungy but fun!

Buzzing onto the booze'n'schmooze scene in 2016, Firebug is a fun little bar and bistro with some great decorative touches (like the mural made of decapitated suitcases) and meanly mixed drinks, mostly priced around the €6 mark. Upstairs in a great place to enjoy some casual fingerfood with friends.

Cocktail Experiences & Activities

Cocktail Making Class
Perhaps you've watched one too many 80s movies featuring Tom Cruise, or perhaps you've simply always wanted to know how to mix a mean-@ss Margarita without spilling ice all over the table top... whatever your motivation a session with one of Barcelona's finest mixologists is an activity that always goes down a treat - especially if you're on a hen weekend - and a great way to start any night out! For just 25 euros you get to learn how to make some of the world's classic cocktails and of course taste them afterwards (you'll drink your money's worth back no problems!). Click on the link above for more info, or email to book.

If you're more of a pint (wo)man than a cocktail quaffer then why not head over to our guide to Irish pubs, or better still our A-Z list of all the best bars, pubs and clubs in town. Click on the links to any place and you'll get the lowdown, public reviews, plus exact location on a map! To explore several of the city's best lounge bars and end up in the exclusive Opium Mar nightclub then reserve your nightlife tour with us!

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Went to Slow the other day and enjoyed a couple of choices from their vodka tonic menu... suave stuff, and not bad at €10 a pop given the elaborate choice of top notch vodkas.

reviewed by Cocktail Sucker from United States on Jan.28.2015

Just be careful of all mixed drinks in Spain because they are very potent! If you have more than one you will soon feel it!

reviewed by Rachel from United Kingdom on Jan.19.2015

Nice selection. I could add Speakeasy in Eixample

reviewed by Jeff from United States on Jul.09.2013

Conozco una coctelería que me encanta, se llama felt la luz es muy agradable y el camarero te hace sentir como en casa.
Probe el Daiquiri y que bueno!!

Perfecto lugar para disfrutar de su noche y de los cocteles.

reviewed by Jerzy from France on Feb.16.2013

Gin and tonics are very fashionable in Barcelona right now! There's a really good gin bar somewhere in Sant Antoni but I forgot it's name... you can recognise it by the X above the door though! A bit pricey but very hip. Otherwise Coppelia, Slow, Gimlet, Boadas and Milanos are the best. I haven't tried 41 Degrees yet!

reviewed by Jake from United States on Sep.27.2011

You should also review the new place by Ferran Adria and Albert Adria. 41 degrees. Also very good although pretty expensive

reviewed by Tanya from France on Jun.01.2011

Hi everyone!
Last week we descover Slow Barcelona. A great place for a gorgeous cocktails but also they have a club upstairs!
Amazing place!

reviewed by Jane from United States on May.19.2011