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Introducing our new guest blogger Kash Bhattacharya, from Europebudgetguide.com, a website that offers youoffers, ideas and inspiration for people looking to travel Europe on a budget. In Kash’s first guest post he tells us about some great places to eat and drink in Barcelona.
Discover authentic Catalan cuisine off the beaten track at Cala del Vermut
If you like visiting eateries that are off the beaten track in Barcelona and can offer you an authentic dining experience then you look no further than the Cala del Vermut, a Catalan diner situated in the tiny back streets of the Barri Gotic. There is little standing room and forget about sitting. It’s in the style of a traditional tapas bar where you can have a quick drink and tapas on the go in between your travels or maybe as a starting point of your day/evening. the speciality here is their draft Vermouth and anchovies from L’Escala. If you want to have a more substantial bite to eat they have a sister restaurant just a stone’s throw away around the corner where you get a wider selection of tapas. For just from €4 you can treat yourself to a choice of cold and hot tapas dishes like patatas bravas, snails, buñuelos de bacalao (cod fritters), jamón de jabugo, pan con tomate, and pimientos padrón - all were superb.
Cala del Vermut, Carrer Magdalenes 6, Barri Gotic
Hang out with the locals and Barca’s superheroes at H3 Bar
If you can’t afford to watch FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp, the next best place to catch Messi and the rest of Barca’s superheroes is in one of the local bars. Just around the corner from Cala del Vermut is the H3 Bar and Restaurant. We sneaked in at least half an hour in advance of the Sevilla v Barca game and by then almost already every key vantage point to watch the big game had been taken. Europebudgetguide hot tip: If you are in Barcelona to catch a match, visit a bar away from the main drag Las Ramblas and bag a seat well in advance. There is a great atmosphere and banter during the game - you’re there as one of the locals and not as a tourist - perfect. The drinks prices also are very inexpensive – draft beer is around €2 while on weekdays between 6pm-12pm they offer a great deal of one tapas and a drink of beer or glass of the local wine for the bargain price of just €3.
H3 Bar and Restaurant, Via Laietana 45, 08003 Barcelona
Party all night in Barcelona at the Jamboree...
If you’re looking for kick off your night in style then head to the Placa Reial. Ornate with its palm trees and streetlamps designed by Antoni Gaudi, this place has a really nice buzz in the summer and acts as a perfect meeting point for travellers from all over the world. It is also the home to great bars like Sidecar, Pipa Club, Karma and our favourite Jamboree, one of the city's premier blues and jazz music venues that after midnight transforms into a discotheque with two dance floors. When we visited last week, upstairs had a mix of cheesy 80’s pop tunes while downstairs the DJ treated us to a non-stop amazing mix of latest hip hop and RnB tracks. By 1am the place was beginning to liven up and nobody left the dancefloor till the closing time of 5am.
Now the cost: Drinkd inside are a bit pricey. Shots of tequila or ‘chupito’ cost €4 and a spirit plus mixer will set you back €8. Keep in mind the drinks measures in Spain are more than double of that in the UK. Entrance fee is €10 but outside the club from midnight onwards their promo staff hand out money-off admission flyers. We went on a Sunday when it was just €3 to get in. Europebudgetguide hot tip: Sunday nights are better night to go out in Barcelona purely in terms of lower admission fees to clubs.
Jamboree, Placa Reial 17, Barcelona
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