Located just off the famous Passeig de Gracià, El Nacional is one of the most unique bars and restaurants in Barcelona. Housing a total of five different places to eat as well as a trendy cocktail bar, this converted garage has an art-déco feel but with a distinctively modern finish. The high ceilings make room for hanging plants of all sizes and elegant lampshades, as well as the odd cog and wheel – reminiscent of its former life.
The first of its kind to open in Spain, Soho House Barcelona is an exclusive members clubs which has rapidly established itself as one of the coolest places to be seen in the city. Located in a former town house in the Gothic Quarter, opposite the marina Port Vell, Soho House also runs a luxury hotel which gives guests access to the club house – otherwise reserved for members only. Combining traditional architectural features – such as the vaulted Catalan ceilings – with a cool modern Mediterranean feel, this is one of the hippest hang-outs in the city.
Soho House Barcelona,Plaça del Duc de Medinaceli, 4, Barcelona +34 932 20 46 00
This trendy speakeasy cocktail bar has to be Barcelona’s worse kept secret. From the outside the venue looks like nothing more than the top-notch pastrami sandwich shop that it is – run by the popular Rooftop Smokehouse team – but have a word with the guy behind the counter and if you’re lucky you’ll be let through to El Paradiso. Here you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world as you are greeted by wall-to-wall grooved wood panelling and rich wall-papers, complete with bird song playing in the lavatory.
El Paradiso, Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, Barcelona +34 933 60 72 22
This is one for the cycling fans out there. El Ciclista is an homage to man’s two-wheeled friend in all its hipster-loving glory. The bar has been kitted out using as many bike parts as possible – think handle-bars, wheels and chains transformed into lamps, stools and more. Located in Barcelona’s hip Gràcia neighbourhood it attracts a young, urban crowd who love the selection of classic and house cocktails on offer.
El Ciclista, Carrer de Mozart, 18, Barcelona +34 933 68 53 02