Photo courtesy Hotel 1898
Looking for memorable tapas and great cocktails? Or maybe both? Contributor Gina Baksa shares this list of the best Barcelona hotel bars
Barcelona is Catalonia’s balmy – and often barmy – Mediterranean capital with a zest and a passion for life that makes it feel like a completely different country to the rest of Spain.
Indeed, this gorgeous region has its own language, and the city itself is an homage to Surrealist architecture (hello Gaudi), with superb beaches, a world-class cultural scene, luxury shopping, and an enigmatic Medieval district, the Barri Gotic.
Some the region’s most exciting food and drink experiences are to be found in Barcelona’s best hotel bars. From the Sant Antoni district to the El Born neighbourhood, from the Gracia district to the Gothic Quarter, discover fabulous rooftop bars and terraces serving the freshest of tapas and a selection of fine wines, craft beers, and cocktails.
Kick back and relax as you watch the sun go down at some of Barcelona’s best hotel bars…
Best Barcelona Hotel Bars for Tapas & Cocktails
Indoor and outdoor pool? Check. A central Barcelona location on Las Ramblas? Check. The uber hip Hotel 1898 may have its roots in colonial times – the building was the former home of the Philippine Tobacco Company – but it has a thoroughly modern aesthetic and classy services to match.
The smart cocktail bar lobby features sexy sofas and weekend live music sets, and the rooftop alfresco cocktail bar serves the best tapas in Barcelona. Mediterranean-fusion cuisine is on the menu at the 1898’s El Nido restaurant on the first floor.
The Hotel 1898 is one of the best hotels in Las Ramblas and guest suites here boast a wood and leather vibe with an extensive terrace perfect for lounging and watching the sun go down. The hotel’s ideal position between Ravel and Gothic Quarter means plenty of bars are within easy reach, including the iconic Boadas Coctalera.
For details, visit Hotel 1898.
Hotel Barcelona Catedral
Barcelona hotel bars are best located in the Gothic Quarter, like the sublime Hotel Barcelona Catedral with its popular Bar Terrassa 4 Cappellans. Grab your first java of the day here over an al fresco breakfast or book a table for a tasty tapas Barcelona dinner. The outdoor space is ideal for pre-supper cocktails.
The property is perfectly positioned in a quiet pedestrian area with soundproofed rooms, which means you can enjoy Barcelona’s vibrant nightlife and culture and still get a good night’s sleep.
A whole host of amenities make the Catedral your ideal Barcelona city break hotel. Foodies will love the cooking lessons from Chef Xavier Arre, and there’s a gastronomic shop next door where you can stock up with cavas, jams, and local produce. Handy free bicycle hire will work off all the Catalan-Med cuisine served up at the hotel’s Restaurant Terrassa 4 Capellans.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Barcelona Catedral.
Hotel Barcelona Universal
Just a five-minute walk from Las Ramblas, Hotel Barcelona Universal is home to The Wolf Tavern, one of the city’s most iconic bars. Named after a famous stowaway who landed in Barcelona in the ‘20s, the Tavern hosts regular free cocktail classes for guests, craft beer tasting sessions, and serves up the tastiest tapas in town. Learn to mix Mojitos, Cosmos, and many more at this popular Barcelona hotel bar.
Thursday night is music night with live Catalan rumba; an intoxicating fusion of traditional songs with Afro-Cuban melodies. The cocktail and tapas theme continues on the fabulous 10th floor terrace and pool: sundowners here have the backdrop of 360-degree panoramic views of the Port, Montjuïc, the Sagrada Familia, and more.
Reserve a Jacuzzi Suite and make the most of the spacious private terrace and your very own Jacuzzi-ideal for romantic Barcelona city breaks and anniversaries.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Barcelona Universal.
Hotel Condes de Barcelona
With a distinguished location in the Paseo de Gracia – home to luxury brand shopping and the extraordinary Gaudi-designed houses – Hotel Condes de Barcelona offers guests a superb cocktail bar destination in Barcelona.
Head to the 8th floor Alaire terrace bar for sexy music and drinks, daytime and evening tapas and light bites, or a relaxed informal supper with stunning views over the Catalan capital. Get your bossa nova, boleros, and jazz groove on to live DJ sets over the grooviest aperitifs.
The aesthetics here are paired-back contemporary cool with spacious and light-filled suites overlooking a quiet courtyard. Nespresso and Netflix heaven! Tapas, burgers, pizza, and more are available around the clock at the Alaire terrace bar.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel Condes de Barcelona.
Soho House Barcelona
The Barcelona outpost of the Soho House empire overlooks Marina Port Vell where the sea meets the famous Ramblas. Pamper yourself at the Cowshed Spa with its range of treatments and indoor pool–the Cowshed products are divine–while intimate parties and night-cap cocktails are de rigeur at The Green Room.
As with many Soho’s members’ hotels, there’s a rooftop terrace here serving healthy snacks and small plates, as well as a barbecue menu in the summer months. Sidle up to the marble-top Square Bar for aperitifs and pre-dinner cocktails, before tucking into the very best Mediterranean cuisine–think hand-made pasta and seafood–on offer at Cecconi’s bar.
Individually designed bedrooms reflect the colourful ambiance of this intoxicating Catalan city.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Soho House Barcelona.
Bagués Hotel Barcelona
If a rooftop tapas bar is top of your list on your Barcelona city break, then we recommend booking a room at the Bagués Hotel Barcelona. One of the best-located hotels on Las Ramblas, this 5-star Barcelona hotel is at the heart of the city’s vibrant Gothic Quarter.
Elegance and sophistication are the hallmarks of this boutique hotel with its intimate rooftop terrace offering guests panoramic Barcelona skyline views along with funky cocktails and fresh tapas.
The select lobby bar is a local favourite, with a selection of small plates set against a backdrop of lush fabrics and stylish seating areas. The exquisitely designed Jewel Suite on the hotel’s top floor boasts its own jacuzzi, solarium, and private terrace.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Bagués Hotel Barcelona.
Based in the heart of Eixample, the historic Old City district of Barcelona, the Granados 83 hotel is surrounded by boutiques and bars, superb restaurants and world-class heritage sites, and is just a few minutes’ walk to Passeig de Gràciaand Avinguda Diagonal.
Boasting a splendid Art Deco-NYC loft vibe, this former hospital has been transformed into a trendy stone and glass minimalist haven surrounding a central patio.
One of the best Barcelona hotel bars in the city, the GBar at Granados 83 is a destination cocktail bar popular with locals and holidaymakers. Cool off in the rooftop pool and share tapas and drinks at the Terrace Bar 8.
We love the duplex suite-mainly for its open-air, semi-private swimming pool and terrace. Bedrooms are on one level, with lounge and working areas below. Order room service or book a table at Restaurant 3 for mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Granados 83.
A fine example of a trendy Gothic Quarter hotel, H10 Montacada is mere steps from the Cathedral on Via Laietana, housed in an impressive NeoClassical building.
Enjoy tapas and cocktails at one of the best Barcelona hotel bars-the Sunset Lounge Terrace roof bar located on the 9th floor of the hotel. The perfect spot for pre-dinner aperitifs, romantic trysts, and business meetings, the terrace even has a jacuzzi and loungers to make the most of the Mediterranean sun.
Breakfast is served in The Library Restaurant, while the Travellers Bar on the ground floor is the perfect spot for hunkering down on the leather club sofas over drinks or coffee. Snacks and sandwiches are available here too.
Tastefully furnished guest rooms in a mainly white colour palette add to the subtle sophistication of this recommended Barcelona city break hotel.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit H10 Montacada.
Hotel DO: Plaça Reial
A designated ‘gastronomic boutique hotel’ with two restaurants and a fabulous rooftop bar and terrace, the Hotel DO: Plaça Reial serves up very special local Catalan cuisine.
Head to the rooftop El Terrat del DO tapas bar for panoramic views over Las Ramblas, the port, and Barcelona. The two main restaurants offer guests a smorgasbord of market-to-table cuisine.
Take a table at the street level La Terrassa to people watch along the Plaça Reial, or enjoy regional specialities at La Cuina del DO, which has an award-winning menu inspired by seasonal ingredients and the hotel’s proximity to the Mediterranean.
Enjoy room service in the well-appointed Junior Suite: the bathroom boasts a double shower and tub, alongside 43m2 of space. Relax and linger over your Nespresso as you admire the views over this iconic neighbourhood.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Hotel DO: Plaça Reial.
Located just 15 minutes from the centre of Barcelona in Tres Torres, Primero Primera Hotel & Club has an intimate, sophisticated atmosphere that feels private, yet very welcoming.
Relax over drinks at the cosy Salon Honesto bar before a meal at in-house El Comedor-with its focus on fresh, local, and seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. There’s also an outdoor terrace for sunset drinks or morning coffee with the papers.
Accommodation here is luxurious: Choose the Suite XL with its Colonial styling and light-filled spaces, including a massive king-size bed and sofa bed. With generous space to rest, work, and play in, it’s an ideal home-away-from-home for business or pleasure during your Barcelona city break. Complimentary Wi-Fi is standard throughout the hotel and small dogs are allowed to stay in your accommodation for free.
Reviews, Rates, & Reservations: For further details, visit Primero Primera Hotel & Club.
The Wittmore Barcelona
A beautiful Bohemian adults-only haven of sophistication, The Wittmore enjoys a superb location in a narrow, private street in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
Enjoy sundowners on the sundeck terrace bar, or coffee and snacks at the outdoor patio bar next to the library. Chef Alain Guard helms the acclaimed Witty Restaurant with its intimate, sensual interiors, superior service, and eclectic menu and wine list.
For a truly decadent stay, choose the light-filled Wittmore Suite with soundproofed windows, interior patio views, and elegantly furnished spaces. A haven of peace with a profoundly relaxed vibe.
For further details, visit The Wittmore Barcelona.
Contributor Gina Baksa is planning to escape to the sea. See more of her travel writing at https://ginabaksa.journoportfolio.com.