Above: A Vermut with Razor Clams at Raspall
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.
Raspall is situated on the pretty Plaça del Raspall, where you’ll get an authentic taste of the Gràcia neighborhood. On a Sunday you’ll likely see kids playing and families and friends gathering for a vermut in the square, which displays visible symbols of leftist and independentist sentiment. Above the bar, copper pipes link blown glass bulbs, illuminating the excellent tapas on offer. Raspall goes beyond classics such as Musclos al Vapor and Amanida Russa to also offer exotic choices such as Broqueta Tandori and Arepa de Xile amb Frijoles.
Address: Carrer Samsó, 8, 08012 Barcelona | View Map
Hours: Monday to Thursday 6:30PM to 2AM, Friday 12PM to 4PM and 6:30PM to 2:30AM, Saturday 12PM to 3AM, Sunday 12PM to 4PM
Phone: 636 05 30 77
La Xula Taperia
La Xula Taperia is situated on a lively corridor in Gràcia connecting the Mercat de l’Abaceria and Plaça de la Revolució. The bar is a popular neighborhood gathering place, where the locals come together and relax after work. Come between 8-9PM on a Friday and you’ll see the bar in full swing. Get delicious free tapa with your drink between 5-9PM in true Madrid style.
Address: Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, 18, 08012 Barcelona | View Map
Hours: Monday 5PM–12AM, Tuesday to Friday 1PM to 12AM, Saturday 12PM to 2AM, Sunday 12PM to 6PM
Phone: 931 65 01 01
Gata Mala is tucked away off the beaten track in the upper reaches of Gràcia. The owner Pilar is famous for her warm and welcoming style. The interior is small and the restaurant popular, so if you want to stay for dinner it’s a good idea to make a reservation.
No frills Cal Chusco offers a free tapa with your drink (draught beer is €2). Just a couple of blocks from the sea, it makes an easy port of call on your way home from the beach. This bar is popular among locals and their speciality is Patatas Bravas.
Cecconi’s is a luxurious Italian restaurant situated on the ground floor of the Soho House Barcelona building. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week by white tuxedo clad waiters. An Aperitivo Italiano takes place from Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8pm and a brunch buffet on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. When you order a drink during the Aperitivo hours you’ll be presented with a sumptuous free cichetti (Italian-style tapa) such as fried olives with mortadella and provolone or baked gnocchi romana with gorgonzola.
Owner Daniel Brin from Perpignan has created a restaurant where you can enjoy good French cuisine at an affordable price. Being set close to numerous offices, the [email protected] tech hub and MediaTic Barcelona ensures a lively after work crowd.
Pappa e Citti
Pappa e Citti offers authentic Sardinian cuisine, with traditional dishes and tapas. An ideal setting for a romantic evening.
Address: Carrer de l’Encarnació, 38, 08024 Barcelona | View Map
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 8PM to 12:30AM, Saturday 2PM to 5PM and 8:30PM to 12:30PM, Sunday 2PM to 5PM, Monday closed
Phone: 687 65 71 11