What better way to relax after seeing the magnificent sights on offer in Gaudí’s city than by kicking back on the beach with a cocktail and watching the sunset?
Originally a beach shack serving drinks and a few snacks, the chiringuito, or xiringuito in Catalan, has evolved along with Barcelona and now is a more sophisticated establishment, some of which offer an impressive menu and extended list of cocktails.
Lay back on a deckchair on the sand whilst watching the Mediterranean Sea glisten in the warm, early evening sun. These places are massively popular during the summer so you’re advised to get down there early to reserve your spot.
Unfortunately, due to local legislation passed a few years ago, live music is prohibited so don’t come here expecting an Ibiza-esque sunset experience – you’ll will have to travel a little outside of Barcelona for that kind of party. We have listed a few of our favourite chiringuitos below for you to try out during your stay in Barcelona this summer.
This great spot offers a variety of summer classics, providing a tranquil vibe by day, and turning into the place to be at night. With freshly made cocktails and good music, it’s one of the top outdoor party spots. It’s a bit further along the coast line, but trust us, well worth the travel.
Metro: Selva de Mar (L4)
2. Xiringuito Escribà
This chiringuito is owned and run by the well-known Escribà group, who have made their name with their pastry shops and cafés on Gran Via and La Rambla. Along with their wonderfully home-made pastries, their specialties include a delicious paella and some other great seafood dishes, making this without doubt one of the best chiringuitos in Barcelona. This place is perfect for summer dining, and we recommend ordering the paella followed by a slice of one of their amazing home-made cakes.
Metro: Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica (L4)
3. La Deliciosa
Located right on the sand, La Deliciosa is the perfect place to enjoy the beach and try some tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Here, you will find tasty snacks and delicious tapas, and with a team of experienced bartenders, this chiringuito offers some of the best cocktails in the city! It is also one of the closest beach bars to the city, meaning that it is easily walkable from the centre. Enjoy a perfect beach day and welcome the summer with open arms.
Metro: Barceloneta (L4)
4. El Chiringuito Group
El Chiringuito Group has not one, not two, but three chiringuitos in Barcelona – so it’s safe to say they’re quite the experts! With branches on Bogatell, San Sebastian and Mar Bella, they provide a great menu with plenty of tasty dishes, fresh fruit and, of course, yummy cocktails. With summer tunes and great vibes, we definitely recommend that you visit one of their chiringuitos this summer!
Metro: Barceloneta (L4)/Llacuna (L4)
5. Vai Moana
Situated on Bogatell Beach which is very popular with families, this beach bar has one of the best children’s menus on offer. With a traditional menu of Catalan and Spanish dishes, as well as a great cocktail menu, this chiringuito has something for everyone. There are funky tunes in the evening and a cool surfer vibe during the day, and we also recommend heading to some of their sister locales which are spread all across the Barcelona coastline: Blue, La Deliciosa, Bambú, and Gurú.
Metro: Llacuna (L4)
6. La Guingueta
La Guingueta is one of the most frequented chiringuitos due to its location on the Barceloneta beach promenade. This lively hangout offers up some great dishes so it’s a good place to grab some lunch in the shade during your visit to the beach. And don’t forget about the drinks! This place serves refreshing classic cocktails as well as delicious fresh smoothies at reasonable prices. We recommend stopping by later on in the day and taking in the cool evening vibes whilst watching the sun go down.
Metro: Barceloneta (L4)
7. El Boo
Looking to escape the crowded Barceloneta beaches? El Boo is one of coolest beach clubs in Barcelona right now and a known hotspot for locals. Situated on a small pier between the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches, this is a perfect place to relax by the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy a drink or two. We recommend reserving one of their seaside hammocks or VIP beds so you can really relax and soak up some rays in style.
Metro: Poble Nou (L4)