If the late August temperatures start to sap your will to visit the sights and make you desperate to ditch the crowds, don’t feel guilty! Give into the heat and embrace an alternative, altogether more decadent side of the city. From breezy beach bars and off-the-radar eateries to sky-high rooftop terraces with eye-popping views, escaping the smouldering heat has never been so easy with this list of some of Barcelona’s coolest hangouts.
La Guingueta Beach Bar
Oh-la la why not spend a few hours getting your mojo back reclining on a groovy white leather daybed, drinking in both the fabulous cocktails (prepared by world class mixologists) and dazzling views over downtown Barcelona’s gothic spires. The rooftop’s achingly cool glass fronted swimming pool adds to the allure.
Sky Bar by Axel Hotel
This predominantly gay (but hetero-friendly) rooftop playground prides itself on being open-minded and accessible to anyone. Facing out over show stopping views of Barcelona’s modernist Eixample neighbourhood, their Sunday afternoon pool parties are legendary. Join a beautiful, sculpted crowd, nonchalantly strutting its stuff, lounging on the sundeck sipping cocktails and taking time out in the bubbling Jacuzzi and panoramic jet pool. Let the good times roll.
Tucked away in the bustling bohemian Raval district, moments from Las Ramblas, blink as you walk past the entrance to this antique hospital and you’ll miss one of Barcelona’s cutest courtyard cafes. Ancient stone walls provide shade and keep out the noise, maintaining peace and tranquility. Feast upon market fresh Mediterranean and Catalan-style tapas and salads that are enhanced by a more than satisfying menu of wines and cocktails.
This intimate garden oasis enclosed by lush tropical foliage, twinkling fairly lights and big city views is located just a few steps from the hustle and bustle of Placa Catalunya. It is a hip stopping off point for chic young locals meeting after work, particularly on Thursdays and Fridays when international DJs spin funk and soul as bartenders shake killer cocktails.