El Xampanyet

A classic Cava bar from the art nouveau era

If you haven’t sampled the delights of Cava, Catalonia’s own take on French Champagne, then here’s your chance. El Xampanyet is considered by many to be the best Xampanyeria (Champagne bar) in the city and the Barcelonese pack this place out on the weekends before hitting the late night bars and clubs.

The colourful ceramic tiles are very much in keeping with Barcelona’s Modernisme movement, whilst the house Cava, served in litre bottles is a bubbly well worth imbibing. The unfussy tapas is surprisingly delicious and – importantly – keeps you from keeling over. All-in-all a winner. Find it by the Picasso Museum.

Latest Reviews of El Xampanyet

  • "Hard to stop eating the tapas" - by Peta
    A place to go for an experience. I went with my partner, and we slurped down the champagne which flowed from the sexy waitress. Yes, she suggested a mixed plate, and after a couple of glasses it was hard to stop eating the tapas which arrived without prompting. I decided he waitress must be telepathic. Whatever I thought of arrived ! the bill did come to 56 euro which was a bit steep.. BUT... A great experience! Great place... If I didn't have a budget I would be there twice a week!!!
    5
  • "Not as cheap as it once was, but still great" - by Leighton
    Great frozen-in-time-style vibe/decor and friendly service. I think I made a mistake when I let the waiter choose a selection of tapas for us as we definitely didn't get the deals i have had before... we shared one bottle of cava and about 5 basic tapas (meats and cheeses mostly) and it game to 36 euros I think. The guys showed us the bill (rather than left it with us, which I didn't like) and there were one or two tapas that were 8 euros, which is pretty high in comparison to most joints. Still a very pleasant hour spent and not extortionate by any means, but not as cheap as it was during the pre-Tripadvisor era.
    4
  • "Don't miss the grissini" - by Laura
    It's fantastic and no nonsense. Do not miss the grissini with a thin lardon (cured pork fat) wrapped around it. Nothing complements the cava better!
    5

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