Tourists with free time at their disposal and desire to surrender to hedonism with a Catalan flavour often tend to look for establishments that are frequented by the locals. Which, of course is the right choice, especially when it comes to wine bars
Can Cisa — Bar Brutal
For the noble and precious wine to be born, a number of preconditions have to coincide in time and space. One of the most fundamental of them is the variety of grape. Wines of unpopular grape varieties extracted and matured in small home bodegas are not considered noble. This does not mean, however that they are unworthy of attention. The owners of Can Cisa — Bar Brutal twin brothers Colombo and Joan València belong to that type of enthusiasts who are on a constant quest for such gold nuggets that delight your sight, nose and tongue without blowing your budget. In addition to the widest range of Spanish wine in the city, twice a month a set of a dozen or more rare European wines is renewed. The connoisseurs of white, red and rosé, primarily locals, come here on a regular basis for their long anticipated treat. The gastronomical accompaniment to the wine is also provided. You can avail of an extensive menu and have either a light snack or a substantial haute cuisine dinner — the choice is yours! The most popular main courses here are pork belly with black garlic, signature duck egg omelette and asparagus with Parmesan and lemon. Now and again seasonal delicacies, such as truffles and oysters are also offered. Renowned Michelin stars restaurateurs are invited to conduct winetastings. Occasionally these events are complimentary and all you need to do to attend is to register in time.
Where: Princesa, 14, m. Jaume I / cancisa.cat
If you are looking for an authentic bar in Sant Antoni area, then Els Sortidors is the place you want to visit. High vaulted ceilings, scent of wine-saturated wood, mountains of bellied barrels full of not only wine but also beer, more barrels used as tables… The most frequent guests here are local residents who effortlessly continue the tradition of indulging in a glass or two of some dry or semi-dry wine with a right snack. A wide choice of Spanish and imported wines is generously complimented with a dedicated card of tapas. Catalonian meatballs in tomato sauce are complete with spicy chili peppers; a quintet of little sardines in oil is joined by a party of olives; tiny pieces of bocarones join marinated veggies in sweet embrace.
Where: Parlament, 53, m. Sant Antoni / elssortidors.com
Quiet, tastefully decorated loft close to Sagrada Familia is famous for its inexpensive and really good wines produced by a winemaker family in Tarragona. The enterprise is over one hundred years old and today the bottles with their labels can be seen in Oslo, Beijing, Warsaw and Los Angeles. The signature drink of the Barcelona representation of the House of Mariol is black vermouth. Infused with one hundred and fifty herbs it resembles Negroni without gin. A refreshing bitter aperitif is drank in the afternoon added with ice and a slice of orange, or followed by salty tapas. The barman carefully selects pleasant subdued music. “When we drink wine our mood does not merely depend on the contents of the glass and plate but on your company, lighting, comfort of your chair, and last but not the least, the music in the background. It is a vital component of a pleasant atmosphere.” According to Casa Mariol proprietors the spicy notes of Syrah are beautifully highlighted by female vocals, and can not be appreciated fully without the black olives aftertaste.
Where: Rosselló, 442, m. Sagrada Familia / casamariol.com
About five years ago a new Barcelona establishment was concived in the shine of its windows and the jingle of glasses. Its owners are a couple of Parisians who decided to open a bar for aficionados of French cuisine and wine. The premises that used to be a textile warehouse were brought to new life with elegant tables on forged legs and soft lounges. Art Nouveau luminaries and guttering wax candles added warmth and began to beckon its visitors. Since then En Aparté albeit underwent certain changes continues retaining its loyalty to France: all foods, including cheeses, herbs and even smoked meats are produced at the other side of the Pyrenees. The snacks traditional for bodegas are by far not the only food you can enjoy here. Proper and decent lunches and dinners and even brunches on weekends are also served in En Aparté. Naturally, the bar shelves do not hold the entire collection of wine, its bigger share is hidden in the cool cellar in the expectation of its true connoisseurs.
Where: Lluís el Piadós, 2, m. Arc de Triomf / www.enaparte.es