Boasting year-round sunshine, Girona lends itself to al fresco drinking, and as a result, many of the bars have been created with this in mind with tiny indoor spaces that encourage punters to spill out into the atmospheric medieval streets and plazas. There are, however, a handful of bars that feature enticing spaces that are ideal for those who prefer to take a relaxing perch while sipping on their cervesa and vermouth. From bohemian drinking dens to atmospheric outdoor terraces, read on to discover the best bars in Girona.
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With an unassuming entrance and a humble name, El Cafe is easy to miss, but those who wander through its Art Deco doorways are in for a treat. Deep scarlet walls, exposed brickwork and retro floor tiles create a characterful backdrop while traditional wood furniture, vintage artworks and handwritten chalkboards complete the charming setting. By day the venue acts as a quaint cafe with a menu of strong coffee and traditional tapas while at night it transforms into a lively spot with perfectly poured beer and good local wine. Dimmed, low hanging lights offer a flattering, romantic filter while a well-curated soundtrack covers all bases by subtly swinging from soft jazz to retro beats. Friendly bar staff chatting away to regulars adds to the atmospheric background noise, and a steady flow of locals confirm El Cafe’s status as one of the best bars in Girona.
Mosaic floors, rustic furnishings and sky blue walls form the cheery interiors at La Terra, a trendy spot that attracts hip groups of locals throughout the day and night. Several cosy nooks can be found dotted around the labyrinthine venue but for the best seats in the house head to the back where cushioned benches placed against large windows allow for sweeping views across the Onyar river and its distinctive bridges. In winter, locals sip on tea and hot chocolate against a crackling fire while in the summer beer and wine drinkers spill out onto Girona’s medieval cobblestone streets. A busy open kitchen also serves a menu of burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Although Artusi is predominantly a restaurant, the large bar that sits at its entrance is one of its best features, and stopping by for an early evening aperitivo and a plate of pintxos is one of the top things to do in Girona. Located in the middle of the old town, Artusi sits within a historic stone building at the heart of a picturesque courtyard that’s home to a traditional toy store, pharmacy and delicatessen. Large arched windows lined with bar stools and a small outdoor seating area are perfectly placed for watching local life pass by while the daily selection of pintxos attracts small groups of hungry diners. Stop by around 6 pm to enjoy a plate of cured ham, creamy croquettes and smoked salmon washed down with a glass of local wine.
Placa Del Vi 7
Another restaurant/bar hybrid, Placa Del Vi 7 can be found under the medieval arches of the square from which it takes its name – a name that translates to mean ‘wine plate’ or ‘wine square’ as the area is known. It’s only appropriate then that Placa Del Vi 7 is owned by world-class sommelier Roger Viusà, and guests can expect an extensive, carefully considered menu of wines chosen to perfectly complement the dishes being served in the adjoining restaurant. Enjoy a crisp glass of white on the large covered outdoor terrace – the perfect spot for people watching – or a smooth glass of red at the communal wooden table in the bistro-style bar.
A bar, cafe, restaurant and book shop in one, Context is a popular meeting spot among locals that offers the chance to drink and dine while surrounded by shelves of novels and tomes. Artisan patés, cheese and salads make up the simple food menu while local beers, wines and spirits are on offer at the bar. The venue also hosts a regular line-up of events covering everything from poetry and film to music and theatre.