Boadas Barcelona

Image by Joel Rapi

Boadas – Art deco decorum and classy cocktails

Barcelona’s oldest cocktail bar, opened in 1933, is just a few steps off the Ramblas, a hundred metres or so down from the Canaletes fountain.

It’s a good central spot to meet up with friends after work before going on to another bar and then dinner.

It’s a classic art deco bar with bartenders in tuxedos who will mix you a cocktail with style. There’s no menu of drinks – but the bartenders are well-practised at serving over 60 different cocktails. If you’re undecided just ask for the cocktail of the day.

Take a look at the sketches, drawings, photos and letters on the walls while you’re here. You’ll see drawings by Miró and a photo of Kevin Costner among portraits of locally known luminaries. It’s a popular haunt for media types, politicians and private eyes. I’ve often seen locally prominent politicians in here arguing a point of policy, or just gossiping, with senior journalists.

If you visit in the evening you’ll likely hear a familiar voice from Catalan radio above the lively, loud chatter.

A good spot for meeting up with friends before a night on the town.

Please be aware that Boadas is not a chiringuito (beach bar) – so dress appropriately – they are none too keen on flip-flops, and if you turn up looking like you’ve just walked in off the beach they may politely ask you to leave.

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Details about this spot



C/Tallers 1, Barcelona

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 02:00


Cocktail: € 6


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)