Barcelona is known for some of the most stylish cocktail bars in the world. It isn't just the mixology that gets them noticed, but their delivery. Seek out a tiny rum bar tucked away in a narrow lane. Caribbean Club (5 Carrer de les Sitges; +34-933-022-182) is undiscoverable if you don't know where to look. Inside a 12th-century building, owner and bartender, Juan Jose Gonzalez Rubiera, is the congenial host who mixes the city's best mojito. In the same El Raval neighborhood is Boadas (1 Carrer dels Tallers; +34-933-189-592), which its owners have proclaimed the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona. Founder Miguel Boadas learned the craft from a cousin who owned the still famous landmark El Floridita in Cuba. Open since 1933, its tuxedo-wearing bartenders conjure Boadas's special recipes—more than 300 of them—and they continue the tradition with a special of the day.
After work, one might find Barenblit at Negroni Cocktail Bar (46 Carrer de Joaquin Costa; +34-619-429-271), around the corner from the museum. It may have ultra-contemporary decor, but the service is classic Spain. Here, personal drink preferences are taken seriously. Mixologists start a conversation with their guests to assess each individuals' likes and dislikes, then come up with a tailor-made libation. Of course, as the name suggests, one of those may very well be the classic Italian Negroni, but rest assured, your barman will figure out how to make it special for you.