7 Barcelona Bars that Offer Free Tapas

Most bars in Barcelona do not offer a free tapas in the style of Andalusia or Madrid. However, there are a select few that treat customers to a delicious tapa with their drink. In this list we’ll explore the best that I have found.

El Ninot Cuina

El Ninot Cuina (the doll market in Catalan) is situated inside the Mercat del Ninot in the Esquerra de l’Eixample neighborhood. The market dates back to 1892 and was recently renovated. Unlike La Boqueria and the Mercat de Santa Caterina the location is somewhat outside the typical tourist trail. Designed by architect Dani Freixa, the interior is minimalistic, modern and defined by … Read more

Bar La Plata

La Plata has a simple menu of only four classic dishes, which have not changed since it was founded in 1945. These are a simple salad of tomato, onion and Arbequina olives, botifarra (Catalan sausage), fresh anchovies and finally deep-fried sardines (pescaditos).

La Pepita

La Pepita opened in 2010 in the lower part of the Gràcia neighborhood, led by Sergio Andreu and Sofía Boixet. The pair had recently returned from Paris, where Sergio had worked for a gourmet Spanish restaurant called Fogón.

Bar Lobo

Situated just off Las Ramblas Bar Lobo offers a variety of tapas, light dishes and main courses with international references. The interior is bright and modern and the restaurant also has a pleasant terrace set on a square. Bar Lobo is a restaurant of Grupo Tragaluz, who also own Hotel Omm, Negro-Rojo and El Japonais. Nearby attractions include La Virreina … Read more

Bar Cañete

Located in Raval near the Gran Teatre del Liceu and La Rambla, Bar Cañete offers a rich variety of traditional tapas. The family run restaurant uses fish and seafood fresh from Catalan markets along with seasonally and locally sourced produce. Try the Chipirones de playa con judias de Santa Pau (baby squid from the beach with Santa Pau beans) … Read more

Casa de Tapes Cañota

Opened in 1992, Casa de Tapes Cañota is owned by the Iglesias brothers. The brothers are also famous in Barcelona for their restaurant Rías de Galicia (one of the best Galician restaurants in the city) and for their partnership with the Adrià brothers in Tickets Bar. The Casa de Tapes Cañota menu is based on … Read more