BAR CORTIJO

Carrer dels Rebolledo 27, Tarragona

Fried fish, squid, wings, construction workers, and natural wine = a great 7am hour or 10pm hour depending on if you've been up for six hours, haven't gone to sleep yet... What I'm trying to say is this place is legit, delicious and at times, dealt with a good ol' dose of tomfoolery. Santos & Luis Massegosa are at the helm of a sleeper. 

 
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CHURRERÍA LAIETANA

Vía Laietana 46 - Barcelona

Humble opinion: best churros I've eaten in the entirety of the Mother Land. Many may argue with me on this but I'm hoping my roll proves my dedication to this fried dough delicacy.

 
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ARCHITECTURE: ANTONI GAUDÍ

Barcelona (& throughout Cataluña)

Gaudí is a master in epic proportions. He begged as a means of finishing his last love, the Sagrada Familia, which is scheduled for completion from 2025-2035. The living structures he's designed are just as marvelous and an ode to forward thinking & modernity while being distinctly Catalán. 

Other points of interest: Parc Güell (touristy), Casa Botlló, Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, Casa Calvet, and many more!

 

BAR PASTÍS

Carrer de Santa Mònica 4 - Barcelona 

Right off Las Ramblas & as of now, not a tourist trap like the rest of the famous Avenue. Absinthe is what is consumed here - if that gives you any indication of what to expect. Opens later. Great for a drink after the opera. 

 

MUSEU PICASSO

Carrer Montcada 15-23 - Barcelona 

An extremely thorough dance through the artist's work. Whether you're an art aficionado or a casual observer, this museum is not to be missed and will encourage hunger for a croissant just down the street. 

 
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ELS CUATRE GATS 

Carrer de Montsió 3 - Barcelona 

This used to be a meeting place for many hungry & established artists during the early 1900s. It has become quite popular among tourists, however a book and a glass of vermouth are easily savored in this environment. 

 
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BAR BRUTAL - CAN CISA

Carrer de la Princesa 14 - Barcelona 

Top five natural wine bars in Spain, hands down. Spanish + international selections are available including the Republic of Georgia, a personal favorite. Food available as well as take away bottles. Look out. 

 

LA VINYA DEL SENYOR

Plaça de Santa Maria 5 - Barcelona 

Across the plaza from La Basilica de Santa María del Mar is this two-level, cozy, well endowed wine bar offering a plethora of mostly Spanish but some international bottlings. Last time I was there, they were still schlepping plates/food via a dumbwaiter. The food was fairly delicate & well thought out and the "scene" really can't get any better. 

 
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LA BASILICA DE SANTA MARÍA DEL MAR

Plaça de Santa Maria 1 - Barcelona 

This is a mid-12th century, Catalán gothic gem sitting in the heart of city. The exterior belies the imposing and yet stoic interior. The basilica also provides the setting for the novel, Catedral del Mar - start or finish the 1,000 pager while sipping wine across the plaza. 

 
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JAMBOREE

Plaça Reial 17 - Barcelona 

Often really great jazz can be caught here seven days a week. Hit up Bar Pastís before or afterward. Usually a drink comes with the purchase of a ticket. 

 
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FC BARCELONA - CAMP NOU

C/ Aristides Maillol 12  - Barcelona 

Whether you love fútbol or not, seeing one of the world's best teams on an epic playing field is worth the 60 Euro + seat. You can purchase tickets at the gate, online, or throughout the city at various outlets (there's a tourist stand on Las Ramblas that often has good deals on seats). Take the Metro on game day.