This is a guest post by Siobhan a writer and student currently living in Barcelona, Spain.
Throughout many parts of Spain, it is customary for bars to offer free tapas when a customer purchases a drink. Unfortunately in Barcelona these bars are a lot harder to come by. They do exist; you just have to know where to find them! If bite-sized snacks and a beer amongst friends sounds like your idea of fun then you won’t want to miss out on these free tapas bars in Barcelona.
Ambiente del Sur
Ambiente del Sur are renowned for their delicious tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette) and serve up generous sized tapas snacks with every drink order. You can even purchase a pint of draught beer for as little as 1,80€ meaning this place won’t put you out-of-pocket. You’ll find this gem situated between the neighbourhoods of El Raval and Poble Sec.
Address: Carrer de Floridablanca, 88, 08015 Barcelona (Purple L2)
Pappa e Citti
Located within the Gràcia neighbourhood of Barcelona, once a separate town and now home to an abundance of quirky cafès-come- delightful eateries in the evening, Pappa e Citti is an Italian restaurant with a Catalan-Spanish twist. Try the best of their free tapas between 6pm and 9pm, with drink prices starting at just 1,80€.
Address: Carrer de l’Encarnació, 38 near Joanic metro station (Yellow L4)
Don’t let the size of this box-like- bar put you off, their free tapas are some of the best around and the limited space only adds to the atmosphere. Free tapas doesn’t have to mean a small dish of popcorn or salted crisps, Gata Mala will overwhelm your taste buds with a completely free and freshly made tapas dish with every alcoholic drink purchased. Be sure to arrive early as this place can get very busy in the late evening.
Address: Carrer de Rabassa, 37 near Joanic metro station (Yellow L4)
La Xula Taperia
Situated within the heart of the Gràcia neighbourhood, La Xula Taperia is renowned for its great service and tasty bite-sized snacks. If the delicious freebies leave you wanting more, ask the waiters to recommend some of their specials – we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Address: Carrer de la Mare de Déu dels Desemparats, 18 near Fontana metro station (Green
Heading towards Barceloneta beach you’ll find this traditional tapas bar just steps from the ocean. Within the back-alleys of Barceloneta, away from any ‘tourist-trap’ restaurants you might find along the beach-front, Ca’l Chusco’s free-tapas specials often include ‘bombas’ – yummy potato balls stuffed with cheese and meat. If you find yourself wanting more, their main menu is one of the most reasonably priced menus in the area.
Address: Carrer l’Almirall Aixada, 5 near Barceloneta metro station (Yellow L4)
About the Author:
This post was written by Siobhan, a student from England and writer for AB Apartment Barcelona, an apartment rental company in the Barcelona with over 1000 apartments to rent. She has been living in Barcelona for the past 3 years and has discovered the cities hidden secrets. For more top tips on what to see and do in Barcelona, and where to eat, check out their blog.
Thank you Siobhan, we will have to check all these places out when we next visit Barcelona!
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