The Barcelona neighborhood Gracia doesn’t get many tourists. This is probably because you have to take the Metro several stops to get to Gracia, catching trains on the yellow or green line. It’s not difficult to get to Gracia if you have a Metro map, and the trip is well worth it.
Gracia is teeming with arty cafes, darling boutiques, restaurants, and bars that range from spendy to bohemian. The barrio is probably most famous for its plazas, which are especially full in the summer time when bars and restaurants offer outdoor seating.
I usually go to Gracia to catch a movie at Verdi Cinemas in English (they show all their films in original version), and then go for a drink at D.O. Bar, about two doors down from the theater. D.O. is a label used on wines to show that they are certifiably from a specific wine region in Spain. You want your bottle of Priorat to have the D.O mark on it. D.O., therefore, is associated with fine wines and that is exactly what the chic D.O. bar serves by the glass or bottle.
I must admit I was surprised looking over the wine menu at D.O. There was not one glass of wine offered for less that $6.00! This is uncommon in Spain, where the average price for a glass of red is $4.00. At D.O., however, they only serve the best of the best. I ordered something from Ribera del Duero and it knocked my socks off for $5.00.
Accompany your glass or bottle of Rioja with a cheese platter for $10.00 which includes about six Spanish cheeses served with green tomato jam and bread. D.O. also does dinner and has a fine selection of high-end tapas (Spanish appetizers). If you sit at the tables you will be expected to eat dinner, if you sit at the bar you can try their wine and plump, green, pepper-stuffed olives. Hands down one of my favorite wine bars in Barcelona!
Verdi 36, Barcelona, Spain (Gracia – Metro stop Fontana)
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