Located between Poble-Sec and the Raval, Sant-Antoni is a small area of Barcelona’s Eixample district. An up-and-coming neighborhood, home to one of the trendiest streets in Barcelona – Calle Parlament –, the area has been called the ‘yuccie’-ist neighbourhood in Barcelona. (That’s Young Urban Creatives (YUCcies) for those of you who aren’t familiar!) It also happens to be home to what is probably Barcelona’s most famous restaurant of the moment, Tickets Bar – guests frequently book three months in advance to get a table. Read on for our pick of the best tapas bars in Sant Antoni.
A venue which takes the art of tapas seriously, Lolita’s serves some of the best cooked tapas in the area if not the city. The menu offers plenty to choose from with everything from olives and anchovies to classics such as patatas bravas, croquetas, or padron peppers to cooked specialties such as pig’s trotter and chickpea stew or rabbit with snails. The astounding flavor and quality of Lolita’s tapas are due to the great quality of produce used and the careful preparation of the dishes. The venue usually has a great buzz, with the large open kitchen taking central stage. A must-try for anyone eating out in the area.
Lolita Taperia, Carrer Tamarit 104, Barcelona, Spain +34 934 24 52 31
A lively local tapas bar, Bar Ramón is renowned for serving a wide selection of authentic home-made tapas, both cold and cooked, including the eponymous ‘Ramón’ chickpea stew, the local meat sausage botifarra with foie gras, or jabuguitos (a sort of chorizo) cooked in cider with blue cheese. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming – the venue itself has something of the air of an old jazz club, with pictures of great jazz and blues musicians hanging on the walls along with the odd guitar. Bar Ramón is a great option for anyone looking for authentic local food with a little more ambiance than your average neighborhood tapas bar.
Located in the middle of the trendy Calle Parlament, Pa i Trago (‘bread and drink’ in Catalan) is anything but that. Instead it is a local’s favorite and a neighborhood staple, serving traditional tapas the way they have always been served; without fuss. Choose from a selection of cooked and cured local meats, as well as grilled seafood and fish and all the usual accompaniments – bread with tomato, Russian salad, and escalivada (marinated peppers and onions). A word of caution. Despite its name, the Catalan salad has very little to do with a typical green salad and consists instead mostly of cured meats – a treat for the more carnivorous of guests.
Pa i Trago, Carrer del Parlament 41, Barcelona, Spain + 34 934 411 320