This quirky little tapas bar is located in the backstreets of the Born, hidden amongst the artists’ workshops and ancient buildings which give the area its charm. El Xampanyet is relatively small with just a few tables available to those who get there early, but the reason the locals love this place is precisely because of the warm, cozy atmosphere and the chit chat of both old and young who come here for a copa or two of cava. There’s an ample selection of traditional tapas to choose from too, from Spanish omelet to boquerones (marinated white anchovies). Its popularity means that, like most places in the center of the city, you’re likely to be in a mixed crowd of locals and tourists, but in many ways that’s what gives this place its quirky charm.
Not exclusively dedicated to cava, Els Sortidors del Parlament is a popular wine bar and bodega located on the trendy Calle Parlament in the Sant Antoni neighborhood of Barcelona. It’s one of those great places which preserves the charm of an old fashioned bodega with subtle hints of modern style and comfort. The wine list is exclusively Spanish, primarily Catalan and offers a great selection of wines a cut above what you might find in most local bars. There’s a huge selection of wines to choose from by the bottle, as well as a choice of two or three cavas by the glass usually, including a rosé. The food on offer here is excellent and opting to have a meal here is truly recommendable.