5 Amazing Pinchos Bars in Barcelona
When walking through the breathtaking streets of Barcelona, you will encounter amazing plazas, museums and incredible buildings. In addition, your will notice many lively but cozy Pinchos Bars around the city. Their fresh aromas will definitely call your attention!
What are “Pinchos”?
Pinchos are small pieces of bread accompanied with some kind of topping. They are usually beautifully arranged and come in small servings. Besides their beauty, pinchos have a delicious flavour. But more importantly, pinchos are originally from the north of Spain!
Pinchos are different than tapas because the bread and other ingredients on a pincho are held together by a small skewer. In fact, skewer means “pincho” in Spain (pinchar: to pierce). At traditional restaurants, you’ll get charged for the total number of skewers on your plate at the end of your meal. Also, pinchos are best when accompanied by a bottle of beer, glass of wine or Cava.
Even though pinchos are not from the Barcelona region, you can easily find restaurants offering them. However, not all of them provide the best quality of food, friendly atmosphere or high customer service. For this reason, we have created a list of our five most recommended pinchos bars in Barcelona. We hope you will find them useful to enjoy tasty food during your stay in the city.
Our first recommendation is taberna Maitea. This restaurant embraces the Catalan culture while having pinchos for all tastes. Even though it can get crowded during the night, it still has a friendly atmosphere and satisfactory service. Maitea has also received the Certificate of Excellence 2013 by TripAdvisor. For this reason, it is definitely one of the best pinchos bars in Barcelona worth visiting!
Address: Carrer de Casanova, 155, 08036 Barcelona
- Monday to Saturday: 1:00 pm – 12:00 pm
- Sunday: closed
Telephone: + 34 934 39 51 07
#2 Blai Tonight
The small pub Blai Tonight is one of our favorite places located in the heart of the neighbourhood of Poble Sec. This pub is so popular that guests are willing to enjoy the pinchos while standing. If you want to sit at a table outside, we recommend you to arrive early. We suggest the best time to arrive is from 7 to 8 pm. This is because locals usually arrive between 9 and 11 pm. The best part about Blai Tonight is that all the pinchos cost around 1 euro.
Address: Carrer de Blai, 23, 08004 Barcelona
- Monday to Friday: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
- Saturday: 1:00 pm – 1:00 am
- Sunday: 1:30 pm – 1:00 am
Telephone: + 34 648 73 32 00
#3 1881 per Sagardi
Our third choice is Sagardi, which has an incredible facilities. They own a gorgeous terrace where you can sit while enjoying their tasty pinchos. It is one of our favorites because of its great location and also its large variety of pinchos. In addition, its wooden decor creates a fabulous environment. The bar is usually visited by tourists who stop there when visiting the Catedral del Mar. Similarly, its customer service is efficient and friendly while the restaurant is known for its great quality and awesome flavours.
Address: Plaça de Pau Vila, 3, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Telephone: + 34 902 52 05 22
#4 Golfo de Bizkaia
The bar Golfo de Bizkaia is also part of out list of favorites. It is located in the charming area of El Born. They offer a very creative variety of pinchos, full of aromas and flavors. At this bar, you will be surrounded by a family friendly environment. For this reason, it is ideal to experience it in company of the ones who love the most. It is also important to highlight their wonderful service. They truly want their costumers to feel comfortable and leave satisfied and happy.
Address: Carrer de la Vidrieria, 12, 08003 Barcelona
- Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 am – 12:30 am
- Friday & Saturday: 12:00 am – 01:00 am
Telephone: + 34 932 68 48 88
#5 Euskal Etxea
Our last recommended option is Euskal Etxea. They are a traditional pinchos bar located in the area of Old Town, near to the Picasso museum. The place is divided into two areas: the open and lively bar and the calmer section. This place is quiet affordable considering its quality, delicious food and great location. You will taste exquisite pinchos for only 1.20 euros. What a bargain!
Address: Placeta de Montcada, 1, 08003 Barcelona
Opening hours: Sunday to Monday: 10:00 am – 00:00 am
Telephone: + 34 933 10 21 85
If you are more of a tapas fan and are looking for the best tapas restaurants, check out our article about the Barcelona’s top tapas restaurants!
We hope our references help you have the best pinchos experience during your time in Barcelona! If you’re looking for a place to stay in the city, check out the accommodations in Barcelona.