This friendly little bar, a vermuteria, is the size of a lock-up or small garage.
You’ll find it on a side-street just off Via Laietana.
It’s a cute place, a shrine to the Costa Brava, its walls decorated with 1970s photos and maps, its shelves packed with canned seafood, sauces and wines.
The specialties here are draft vermut and anchovies from L’Escala, and they serve a good range of cold tapas – sea-snails, prawns, ham etc. Football fans should know that the owner is a ‘periquito‘ – little parrot – a supporter of Espanyol, so it may not be the brightest thing to do to go there wearing a Barça shirt!
This bar’s big sister – a restaurant where you can sit down and enjoy a larger meal – also called Cala del Vermut – is just 100 meters along the street. And its little brother, which has a fabulous range of hot tapas and quesos (cheeses), and also called Cala del Vermut, is 200 meters up the street, heading up towards Urquinaona.
I really like this spot, one of the best places in the city for a vermut, it’s one of my favourite bars in the city, and a really good place for a stop-off when en route to Urquinaona metro station before or after a downtown shopping expedition.
The owners have recently opened up a fairly spacious room at the back, a much larger area than the bar area, so it’s now much more accommodating if you’re in a group of six or more.