Three budget to mid-range options for sipping in the city:
El Celler del Nou Priorat:
This is a place that most tourists are not going to find, and a place that most locals, unless from the Sants neighborhood, don’t know about. The area around Sants train station is not a Barcelona destination, known for blue-collar housing and its slightly out-of-the-way-location. It’s overlooked and has become popular with artists and students in the last few years. El Celler del Nou Priorat is a basic wine bar in the heart of this neighborhood which serves simple dinners and Priorat wines, among others. It’s no secret that my preferred Catalan wine is a Priorat.
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Barcelona Tel: 934-905-952
In the Raval area of the city, RitaRouge is a low-lit, funky bar, perfect for shooting the breeze over cocktails on a Friday night. Though it’s a bit chilly now to use Rita’s large terrace, it’s the spot to be in the spring and summer. Lunch and dinner are also served here.
Ménage à Trois:
First of all, let me say that I have NEVER had good service at Ménage à Trois. But, I keep going back. Why? Because the area it’s in has very little in the way of decent bars. Near it is the Rambla, teeming with crapy, overpriced bars, and further in there’s little apart from shopping. Despite mannerless staff, Ménage à Trois has a sweet terrace and full bar service.
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Barcelona Tel: 933-015-542
Post by Regina Winkle-Bryan. See more of her tips on Barcelona at The Spain Scoop.
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