There’s only one cocktail you can order at this place: una botella de cava.
That’s right, in this notoriously fun and crazy bar near the beach in Barcelona all you can order is a bottle of pink champagne. Each bottle comes with two tapas–and I don’t mean tapas like olives. We’re talking bacon cheeseburgers, or chicken breast sandwiches with peppers. It is this ingenious concept that has made this hole-in-the-wall bar, world famous. Just ask any of the hundreds of international travelers or Barcelona gente who cram themselves into the bar on a daily basis.
Cram is actually an understatement. The only other time I have been that squished against drunk strangers was right before they set off the first canon at the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Add to that, the fact that every person has a glass of champagne in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other, and it gets interesting pretty quickly. It’s the kind of place where you almost need to be drunk when you show up. Nonetheless, it is requisite stop for any young person visiting Barcelona.
At any given minute you can hear conversations in four or five languages, and many of the different people from all over the world overcome the language barrier by speaking to each other in broken Spanish. And don’t be shy! Get as close to the bar as you can, put your hand up and get some eye contact with the bartender and shout your order as loud as you can. No one will even notice.
This spot rocks and it’s literally the cheapest place we’ve found to eat and drink. But be careful, after taking out multiple bottles and sandwiches, you’ll find yourself saying, “Ok, ONE more bottle, then we have to leave!”
La Champangeria is located near the Barceloneta Beach/metro and it’s on Calle Reina Christina. The easiest way to get there is just by going to the Barceloneta Metro stop and asking anyone and they’ll point you in the right direction or check the MAP here on Matador, I’ve pinned its exact location.