When Bodega Quimet’s former owners retired in 2010, they sold the bar on with only one condition: that nothing of the interior of this stately Barcelona bar would be changed by the new dueños. It seems that their plan worked, for Quimet stands out as an authentic bodega, especially popular among tasteful thirtysomethings (although not many people in the neighbourhood would say no to an empty table). Tapas are pretty but not fussy and wines – including a choice of pudding wines and local specials – are stored in the huge barrels that line the walls, names and prices chalked onto the wood.
Home-cured anchovies and cold seafood dishes are always popular, and another house special is the vermut casero, whose price inexplicably plummets to 80 cents a glass on certain days. It you are feeling flush or on a date, you could always give the oysters-and-cava deal a try.
|Boquerones in Bar Quimet|
|Boquerones, Chorizo and Pan con Tomate in Bodega Quimet|
Our bill (please don’t judge us)
- 2 large plates boquerones
- 2 tapas of tomato and mozarella with anchovy
- 2 tapas chorizo
- 3 tapas salchichón
- 2 baskets pan con tomate
- 9 beers
- 2 Coca-colas
- 1 moscatel
- Total: €50
The boquerones were some of the best we’ve ever tried. We also loved the great selection of wines and authentic atmosphere.
|Tapas, beer, Iñigo and Ines in the Quimet|
Not so sure
The labours of Hercules. Columbus finding the New World. Bannister running a four-minute mile. Finding a table in Bodega Quimet of an evening. Similar odds.
Bar Bodega Quimet
- Calle Vic, 23, Tel: (0034) 932 184 189, Metro: Fontana (L3)
- Barcelona 08012
- Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 1400 – 2330h, Sat and Sun 1300 – 2330h