The Best Tapas Bars In Poble-Sec

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Thomas Angermann/Flickr
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At the base of Montjuic, Poble Sec is a lively district in Barcelona with narrow streets and a buzzing atmosphere; home to many great restaurants, cafés and bars. Read our guide to the neighborhood’s best tapas bars and find out where to dine on your next visit to Poble-Sec.

1. La Platilleria

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

La Platilleria, Barcelona
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This cozy and hidden tapas bar is located in the upper part of Poble Sec, so if you’re heading there from Paral-lel, expect a bit of a hike. It’s all worth it though, the dishes, featured on small black boards by the table and the bar, are prepared by using seasonal produce, and although the food is rather traditional there is space for interesting twists, as well. Friendly service, a relaxed atmosphere and tasty food all make La Platilleria a must-visit bar while in Poble Sec.

2. La Tasqueta de Blai

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas, Mediterranean, Spanish, Wine, Beer

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La Tasqueta is a charming location to have some pinchos in the heart of Poble Sec. Eat as many as you like and pay according to the amount of toothpicks you have accumulated on your plate. This restaurant has modest prices so it is easy to try combinations you wouldn’t normally dare to. A cozy and relaxed atmosphere makes La Tasqueta de Blai an excellent place to have a few beers and something good to eat before heading to the next bar.

3. Quimet i Quimet

Bar, Bodega, Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Quimet i Quimet
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One of the most popular tapas places in town, Quimet i Quimet has an almost iconic reputation. This small, authentic bar offers tapas with a modern and innovative take. Just be aware that Quimet i Quimet can be full due to its size and popularity, so you might want to avoid the rush hours and stop in early. The planning pays off because you will eat some wonderful food.

4. Bar Seco

Bar, Vegetarian, Pub Grub

Behind The Bar
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Located on the way to Montjuic, this bar is in a perfect spot, it is easy to stop by after a walk on the mountain to have some patatas bravas and vermut. The concept of Bar Seco is to offer healthy and ecological food that is locally sourced. A refreshing option amongst other tapas bars if you want something a bit different and are a supporter of an eco- friendly ideology. Plus, they have vegetarian and gluten-free dishes available.

5. Blai 9

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Blai 9

Blai 9 instantly impresses with a clean and modern interior design, which openly displays their tapas and pinchos. The prices are low considering the quality of the food, so this place is certainly worth a visit even when you’re after more than just a few small portions. They have a wide range of different flavors and many options for vegetarians. Dishes are placed beautifully on the counter and are a visual treat but this also makes it difficult to choose; good luck.

Blai 9, Carrer de Blai, 9, Barcelona + 34 933 29 73 65

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6. Koska Taverna

Bar, Spanish, Mediterranean, Tapas, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

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Serving both pintxos at the bar and tapas available in the menu, Koska offers a good price-quality ratio and is a favorite amongst many locals in the area. The service is quick and friendly and the dishes are tasty and prepared with quality ingredients. If you’re on Blai street, Koska is a great choice for a few tapas, just remember to arrive early, since the bar gets fairly crowded, especially on weekends.

7. Margarit 13

Bar, Charcuterie, Spanish, Mediterranean, Seafood

With its quality food, lively mood, and modern decor, Margarit 13 attracts many locals and visitors keen to indulge in the tapas offered in the menu. Their cheese platter, selection of charcuterie, octopus, and patatas bravas are all delicious and worthwhile to try. The bar offers a selection of wines, gin and tonics, and the atmosphere has a relaxing buzz.

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