Salut: A guide to enjoying the local tipples of Cava and Vermut in Barcelona

Sunday morning is the ideal, but not only time, to enjoy a glass of Vermut in the bars and terraces of the Catalunyan capital. The locals will be out in force, the mood will be relaxed and the Vermut, traditionally served with olives, will take you through to lunch or later. Cava however, has no typical time to be tasted. You can sip on it in the midday or at the dead of night - such is the lifestyle here. Read on for some of the best locations to quench your thirst for Barcelona culture found whilst researching for my blog. Salut! (Cheers!)

Passeig del Born

La Ribera, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain Save

My favorite place to be in Barcelona - Passeig del Born is at the core of the stylish Born district and runs from the Santa Maria del Mar church to Plaça Comercial and the uncovered 17th-century ruins beneath the Born Cultural Center. The Passeig del Born is one of the most popular streets for a weekend stroll, and similarly for congregating on an evening for drinks - the crowds from the small cafes and bars that line it flow freely onto the cobbles. Wonderful atmosphere. Don't miss El Born for at least a coffee if not a whole morning of paper-reading and people-watching. Enjoy!

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Morro Fi

Carrer del Consell de Cent, 171, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

Morro Fi is located in the Eixample district of the city, a short Sunday morning stroll from the city centre. Homemade Vermut is served with olives and gaseosa from Sifons, as well as Cava, Beers and a selection of Tapas (although please be clear: this locales speciality is it's Vermut!). Small, lively and with beautifully illustrated Vermut bottles on sale. Arrive either before 12:00 or after 16:00 to get a bar stool - typically the crowd flows out onto the street from midday.

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La Vinya del Senyor

Placa de Santa Maria, 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Holding in my view the most beautiful spot of any bar in the city of Barcelona, La Vinya del Senyor looks out onto the 14th-century Santa Maria del Mar church in the Born district. The menu is vast - including wines, cavas and tapas. I recommend the cavas (all of them!), the cheeses, and if not a table on the terrace then try for the only table upstairs, seated in the window with a fantastic view of the church. Great intimate date location.

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Elsa y Fred

Carrer Del Rec Comtal 11, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Located close to Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella, the Picasso Museum and the Born Cultural Centre - Elsa y Fred is a gastrobar serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and importantly Vermut (2,20 Euros) and Cava (3,00 Euros). The small pavement tables allow optimum Born-district people-watching, and the interior is styled as a chic lounge bar and full of busy chat. My favourite place: at the bar, in the middle of it all.

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El Celler d'en Frank Peterssein

Calle Bisbe Laguarda 3, Barcelona 08001

El Celler d'en Frank Peterssein is as typical as Vermut bodegas come. Not one for fancy folk - sawdust often features on the tiled floor, the conversation is as fruity as the drinks and the laughter is raucous. Charming, convenient for La Boqueria, Hospital de la Santa Creu and the CCCB, and with the friendliest bar staff in town - say Hola to Armando from me!

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Bar Calders

Calle Parlament 25, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

Popular with the local Bohemia, it's possible to sip your Vermut or Cava alongside upcoming writers and artists at the tables of Bar Calders. With a colorfully-decorated interior, terrace tables and a full menu of popular tapas dishes - Calders is worth a wander out of the old city tourist haunts to see how the creative crowd while-away the hours in Barcelona's cafe culture. Reserve in advance to eat in the evenings and on Sundays. Located in the Sant Antoni area of the city.

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Black Velvet

Carrer Nou de la Rambla 130, Barcelona 08004

Black Velvet's interior suggests a rock-vibe, which in the evenings the music supports. However, by day you can enjoy Vermut and olives with more muted tunes. This Poble Sec bar is well-placed for a visit before or after the climb or descent from Montjuïc castle and the Greek Amphitheater. Pop over the road afterwards and visit equally good Bar Rufián.

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Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Carrer de la Reina Cristina, 7, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Can Paixano, often called "La Champagneria", is the most known Cava bar in the city and serves it's own refreshing bubbles. Located between the Born and Barceloneta districts, it is well-placed for an after-beach glass of fizz and a plate of Jamon or hot meat roll (drinks are not served at Can Paixano unless food is ordered - but prices are low averaging 3,50 Euros total for a drink and tapa). My suggestion to beat the inevitable crowds would be to visit early-morning (open from 09:00) and have a breakfast roll alongside the locals - later in the day tourists dominate, however definitely one-to-see. Try to the Entrepan de Morcilla - Blood sausage roll - with mustard and any/all of the Cavas. Note the store at the back of the bar for take-out. Don't expect any drinks on the menu accept for Cava!

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Es Xibiu

Carrer Blai 48, Barcelona 08004

Es Xibiu is the absolute best of the Carrer Blai-offering in the Poble Sec district of the city - a street filled with similar Tapas and Vermut bars, that permits a stopping tour from one end to the other should you wish to sample a few. The Vermut is Casero (homemade) so expect it to be served from an unlabeled plastic bottle. Pintxos (small tapas often pinned to a slice of baguette by a cocktail stick) are 1,50 Euros - try the Spinach Tortilla. Enjoy your Vermut on your feet on Sundays, as Es Xibiu gets full and flowing! Visit before or after nearby Montjuïc.

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Bar Rufián

Carrer Nou de la Rambla 123, Barcelona 08004

Bar Rufián is hipster heaven, with a chic and cosy interior, great food and fashionable fellow diners. Serving both Vermut and Cava, aswell as fabulous Gin Tonics. Try the salads. Be sure to visit Black Velvet across the street for more refreshment. Open Wednesday - Saturday from 18:00, and Sunday from 13:00.

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Cafè de les Delicies

Rambla del Raval 47, Barcelona 08001

Raval is the busiest of the old city barrios - a stroll through it's bustling streets, including the Rambla del Raval, is best met with a Vermut at Cafè de les Delicies. From the terrace you can watch the colourful crowds pass, as you savor the spicy red homemade wine. Order a portion of olives - they are great here! Nearby Dostrece is a good stop for lunch or evening cocktails.

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Cala del Vermut

Carrer d'en Copons, 2, 08002 Barcelona

Cala del Vermut is a traditional Vermut bar in the Gothic district of the old city, serving the drink in the most typical way - in a petite glass with an olive and a little soda - but with the added treat of the sweet stuff being on tap! The interior is not flash but there is a definite charm to this locale and it's sister bar on nearby Carrer de les Magdalenes. At it's best on Sunday mornings.

Last updated at Oct 13, 2014