When wandering around Gràcia you’ll find Roure on the corner of C/Luís Antúnez and C/Riera de Sant Miquel which runs parallel to Gran de Gràcia. If you need to ask for directions then be aware that Roure is pronounced row- (as in boat, not argument, but with a rolled ‘r’) ra. Roure is oak in català. When you first encounter it you may be a little confused – the name above the door says ‘El Roble‘ – The Oak in castella.
It’s a classic local eatery and one of the best bars for traditional tapas in the city.
In the evening the place is often packed with loud and cheery gangs of friends meeting for a few bites before hitting town and you may have to wait awhile for a table. During the day it’s much quieter and a good spot for a quick snack and reading the paper, or making notes between errands. And, at lunchtime, they serve a good menú del día for around € 12. It is also one of the best places in town for paella – but it’s only served Thursday lunchtimes – Thursday being rice day.
Another good reason to visit is that they serve Moritz, and Moritz’s malted Epidor beer, on draft.
The veteran staff are well-used to serving picky locals every variation of traditional tapas, such as esqueixada (salt-cod, tomato and onion salad), escalivada (chargrilled aubergines, peppers and onions) and fuet and llonganissa (cured sausage).