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A Taste of Catalonia: Vinda Wine Bar in Barcelona, Spain

A Taste of Catalonia: Vinda Wine Bar in Barcelona, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine Bars in Barcelona

It depends on who you ask, but most agree that the best wines in Spain come from the regions of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero. These regions produce a lot of wine, and so it is also probable that even if you don’t know too much about Spanish wine, if you have drunk one, it was likely from one of those two places.

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Milano Cocktail Bar, Barcelona, Spain: Cocktails and Jazz Every Night

Milano Cocktail Bar, Barcelona, Spain: Cocktails and Jazz Every Night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bar Milano Barcelona – Cocktails

I would be interested to know what Barcelona has more of: bars or bakeries? Surely someone, some city official, has this information. It seems as though each block has at least one bakery selling the basic baguettes, croissants and glazed doughnuts and that every corner has a bar, serving cerveza, the house wine, and carajillos (coffee with rum or other liquors).

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Andu in Barcelona, Spain: Wine, Tapas and a Cast of Characters

Andu in Barcelona, Spain: Wine, Tapas and a Cast of Characters

The last time I was at Andu, it was a friend’s birthday party. My friend is very creative, and decided to hold his party in not one, but 6 bars. He sent out an invitation, which also included a Google mapping of where all the different bars were. At 7pm the party began in El Raval, and every two hours he changed bars, bringing some guests with him, leaving others behind, and meeting still others at the next destination.

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Wine, Beers and Tea – Salterios Bohemian Barcelona Bliss

Wine, Beers and Tea – Salterios Bohemian Barcelona Bliss

Live Music in the Gothic Quarter of BCN

Do you like a little live acoustic guitar strumming in the background ask you sip heavy goblets of red Spanish wine? If your answer is, ‘Si!’, then pop into Salterio one Thursday or Friday evening for drinks and maybe a bite to eat.

Sadly, I know about this adorably bohemian bar because of an awful date I went on a year or so ago. Guys, do not take a woman to Salterio for a first date. This bar and tea-house is great for an evening drink with friends before going out for a night on the town, or even for a nightcap after dinner, but it does not impress nor does it have the criteria for a first date location.

Or maybe I am just bitter, because that date at Salterio was one of the worst of my adult life. I am not against bohemian bars, in fact, I like them, so that was not the problem. The food however, was an issue. Salterio is more of a bar than a restaurant, and their only menu item is a sort of stuffed quesadilla thing, which is tasty and makes a nice snack but does not make a dinner. Do not invite a woman to dinner and then take her to a cafe/bar…

When my date and I were at Salterio, we sat on cushions in the back, and i felt like I was in a magical cave. This was fun, but the guy playing the actustic guitar had a very robust voice, which reverberrated off of the cave walls, and made it impossible for me to understand anything my date was saying to me. I must have yelled, ‘What!?’ about 100 times that evening.

Despite the fact that I couldn’t catch a lick of what he was going on about, my date kept talking in a monologue, as he did, I looked around Salterio, and it seemed to me that other people were having lots of fun. Some girls chatted with the guitar player, others wrote in journals, and groups of friends laughed heartily at each other’s jokes. As the night wore slowly on I realized that Saltetio is a great place, that it was not the issue, but rather it was the man sitting across from me who was the problem. ‘It’s not me, it’s you,‘ I thought to myself.

Wine, Beers and Tea – Salterios Bohemian Barcelona Bliss

Make your date happy, have drinks and appetizers before dinner

As we left, I realized why he had chosen Salterio: it is so inexpensive! A bottle of wine and one of their cheesey, gooey quesadilla creations will cost you very little at this cozy spot. ‘It’s on me this time… , ‘ my date beamed, and handed the waitress 15 Euros.

Address : Calle Santo Domingo del Call 4, Barcelona, Spain, Gothic Quarter, near St Juame Plaza.

Photo Credit: The Spain Scoop


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Sol i Lluna – The Best Non-Smoking Wine Bar in Barcelona

Sol i Lluna – The Best Non-Smoking Wine Bar in Barcelona

Verdi Street in Gracia Barcelona

Last week a friend from the United States was visiting me here in Barcelona. As is the habit of my friends and I, we went out for drinks before dinner at an old Modernista bar in El Raval. Towards the end of the evening as my friend Bob was rolling another cigarette, the friend from the US asked him, ‘Are you going to smoke again?’ Clearly she had reached her smoke limit.

It was a wake up call to have her say this, because upon seeing her discomfort I looked around the bar and realized that just about everyone was chain smoking tobacco like there was not tomorrow (and let’s face it, if they keep it up at this rate there may not be a tomorrow for many of these smokers!). My friend was turning green with secondhand smoke poisoning for a reason, the bar was covered in a dense layer of nicotine fog.

People in Europe smoke, and people in southern Europe especially. They smoke a lot, and many times they then throw their cigarette butts on the ground. Culturally, there is nothing wrong with this. I guess they figure that if you want to smoke yourself to death, that is your problem. But what about the secondhand smoke? Herein lies the issue. In fact, this year a new non-smoking law is suppose to go in to effect in Spain, which will make smoking in public places (like bars and restaurants) illegal. So far, nothing has happened with this new regulation, and people are still puffing away.

There are some restaurants and cafes that have smoking and non-smoking sections and even a few that are entirely non-smoking. Sol i Lluna is one such non-smoking gem located in Barcelona’s artsy Gracia neighborhood. Sol i Lluna is an ideal place to go before seeing a movie at the independent Verdi Cinemas on the same street about a block down. Try the cheese cake at Sol i Lluna, and sample one or two (or three) of the wines on their wine list. Sol i Lluna also serves dinner and lunch, but I have only been there for drinks (and that cheesecake) so I can’t say much about the food.

Address: Calle Verdi 50, Barcelona, Spain (Gracia Neighborhood, Fontana Metro)

Photo Credit: Diluvi

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Barcelona Airport makes public new Terminal T1

Barcelona Airport makes public new Terminal T1

Barcelona’s new Terminal T1 recently debuted at Barcelona Airport, solidifying Barcelona’s situation as one of Europe’s top ten airports. Native son Ricardo Bofill, has planned a sleek sword-shaped construction that is flooded with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Some 100,000 passengers a day will pass through the 5.8 million square-foot terminal, which is predictable to greet 30 million a year. The US $1.7 billion terminal boasts a spa, fitness center, hair salon, four VIP lounges, and a multi-faith chapel. In the airport’s 256,181-square-foot shopping area, there are 51 shops and 30 bars and restaurants. Business tourists will have entrance to the 28,000-square-foot business center that has five offices and a multipurpose section with five board rooms. The center also has a gym and a rest area with 10 rooms with beds, baths and TVs. For people with compact mobility, 49 moving walkways, 26 mechanical ramps, 48 escalators and 125 elevators make available accessibility. Travelers can ask for assistance at eight meeting points and other information centers. There is Wi-Fi access all over the terminal. Made of polished white granite, the sustainable construction allows light to filter through the glass curtain walls creating a “Mediterranean-style” terminal. Ceramic-tile ceilings are slightly arched, lending a futuristic effect. The architecture of the interior of the terminal, known as the “sky center,” blends straight and curved forms, and the glass walls permit for panoramic views of the city and the nearby scenery. The terminal is one of the major civil engineering projects in recent times undertaken in Europe. Bofill planned the construction with sustainability in mind, placing hundreds of solar panels on the aluminum roof. Consequently, 70 percent of the water in T1 is heated using thermal collectors. Curtain walls, designed to resist air, water infiltration, wind and its own dead load forces are composed of an aluminum framing filled with glass to offer an architecturally-pleasing and light-filled composition.
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