Slide into a leather booth at this watering hole and you’ll be immersed in the chatty camaraderie of the professors, writers, artists, and theater types who live nearby in the streets surrounding the Museu d’Art Contemporani. 19 Doctor Dou; 34/93-302-4133.
To ease out of a long workday, stylish Barcelonians stop by this polished Eixample town house for Bloody Marys and tumblers of whiskey. In summer, the large terrace is also a draw. 3 Mercader; 34/93-215-9088.
Known for its namesake drink—arguably the best in Europe—L’Eixample’s Dry Martini has all the trappings of a classic film-noir set: emerald-green leather banquettes, white-jacketed waiters, and plenty of intrigue. 162–166 Aribau; 34/93-217-5080.
A favorite haunt of the literary set, this retro 1970’s-era restaurant and bar—note the fantasy-forest décor—prides itself on classic (and generously poured) cocktails, an excellent wine list, and keeping the party going until the city’s mandatory 3 a.m. closing time. 22 Granada del Penedès; 34/93-218-7536.
The legendary jazz club has hosted everyone from Ella and Chet to budding greats such as the Charlie Hunter trio. After the headliners, the intimate cellar saloon turns into a club spinning R&B and hip-hop. 17 Plaça Reial; 34/93-319-1789.