Despite tapas being more usually associated with southern Spain, Barcelona does have an excellent variety of tapas bars. Here is a brief selection of some of the best:
Bar Celta (c/Merce 16, Metro: Drassanes)
This no-frills tapas bar specialises in Galician cuisine. Popular choices include octopus, razor clams, calamari and other regional seafood.
Cerveceria Catalana (c/de Mallorca, Metro: Passeig de Gracia)
A popular bar in the Eixample district which is almost always busy. There’s a large choice of tapas available, and the bottles of beer lining the walls help to give the place its special character.
Euskal Etxea (Pl. de Montcada 1-3, Metro: Jaume I)
Popular with both tourists and residents, this Basque tapas bar is renowned for its tasty portions of tempura chicken, crab and tuna. There is also an adjoining restaurant offering more Basque cuisine.
Els Quatro Gats (c/Montsio 3, Metro: Catalunya)
This tapas bar used to be a gathering place for the city’s Modernista artists, and it also hosted Pablo Picasso’s first ever public exhibition in 1901. The food may not be particularly remarkable, but the setting certainly is.
El Vaso de Oro (c/Balboa 6, Metro: Barceloneta)
An extremely popular tapas bar which brews its own beer. There is a huge choice of tapas available, including fried sausage, spicy tuna, cubed steak and squid.