Cheek-by-jowl Cava consumption
Known simply as La Xampanyeria (ie. the Champagne bar) by most of Barcelona, Can Paixano is a beloved institution in these parts. The homely fishermen’s tavern in the seaside district of Barceloneta has been serving up its delicious Berenguer Ramon brands of Cava since 1969 and you sense neither the decor, nor half of the staff, has changed much since then.
On top of its era-transcending charm, a glass of the sparkling stuff is absurdly cheap at between 95 cents and 1.40 euros, although you will be asked to invest in some bocadillos (sandwiches) or tapas, if you want to keep drinking. That’s hardly a problem as the sandwiches are equally economically priced. No surprise then that between 7pm and 10.30pm (closing time), Can Paixano is absolutely rammed full of hungry and thirsty patrons, but if you can deal with the crowds it’s well worth the experience.
You could also try going earlier as it’s open from 9am in the mornings. (Closed on Sundays), or call by their new kiosk bar at the Encants flea market.