Home brew at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona

Cala del Vermut, Barcelona from the street

Family-run vermuteria in central Barcelona with a hole-in-the-wall sister bar (standing room only) just a few doors down.  All are crammed with memorabilia and vintage bits and bobs to gaze at while sipping a glass of the good stuff.  Both of the bars can get busy at times, but the mezzanined place on the corner at c/Copons is your best bet for scoring a table.

Through the window at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona
Through the window at Cala del Vermut

 The food

The star attraction here really is the home-made vermut, served with an olive, slice of lemon and an antique water sifon to dilute to taste (or to ensure things don’t get too wobbly too quickly) – you can even buy a bottle of the good stuff to take home for a meagre €5.50.  Contrary to its image in Anglo Saxon countries (Martini, winos), vermouth is a popular traditional drink in Spain – make sure you ask for either vermut casero or vermut del grifo.

Also worth a go are the varied tapas available – the bombas were among the best tapas we have tried and the morcilla and chorizo dishes deserve at least a nomination for best supporting tapa.  If you are after a lighter bite, the vermouth-dipped olives are also worth a whirl.

Tapas on the Bar at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona
Tapas on the Bar at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona

Our bill

2 glasses of vermut – €4.50

Bombas – €4.50

Patatas bravas – €3.25

Total – €12.50

Behind the bar at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona
Behind the bar at Cala del Vermut, Barcelona

Best bits

The chef has evidently sold his soul to attain crunchy/gooey perfection for his bombas. The vermut is also a real highlight, and Cala del Vermut is perfectly positioned for a strategic tapas break in the city centre.

Not so sure

At times can get flooded by groups of tourists on ‘tapas tours’ – don’t expect the staff to be thrilled. The smaller bar especially can get very busy in the evening.

More information

Cala del Vermut

  • c/Copons, 2, Barcelona, nearest Metro: Jaume I or Urquinaona
  • Tel: 0034 933 179 623
  • Opening hours: 1300 -1600h and 1800 to 2300h, closed Sunday evening.

Bonus: Barcelona Vermouth City

Bars nearby:

Bar Mundial

Bar del Pi

Els Quatre Gats

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