El Xampanyet


22 Montcada,


Since 1929, this El Born district bar has been serving tapas such as patatas bravas, fresh anchovies in vinegar, and butifarra, a Catalan sausage. The specialty of the house though is chipirónescon mongetes, a warm plate of baby squid and light beans. To accompany meals, there is Xampanyet, a sparkling white wine (cava in Spanish) and beer. The ceramic tiled space is small and often filled with crowds of elbow-to-elbow guests balancing small plates over marble tables. El Xampanyet is within steps of Museu Picasso, thus attracting many tourists, but locals seeking authentic Catalonian fare come here as well.