La Vinya del Senyor – Barcelona, Spain


Every time I go to Barcelona, I print out a paper list of my favorite places in the city.  The majority of the time that I’m there, I am showing a few other people around, so it helps to be a little type “A” and have the printed list in my back pocket – complete with days/hours of operation as well as phone numbers.  One of the bars that has been on the list since its inception is La Vinya del Senyor in “El Born” or the “Barri Gòtic” of Barcelona.  La V del S is one of the reasons that Barcelona is as great as it is.

The wine bar is located across from the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral and sits on the very quaint Plaça Santa Maria.  Tables are outside and offer great people watching and wine sipping al fresco.  However, due to the time of the year of my travels, I’ve spent most of my time there bellied up to the bar inside.  The people watching there is the best and the cozy atmosphere makes a nice contrast to the cool marble bar that produces some delicious wines and rustic, no frills meat and cheese tapas.  The wine card itself is nearly twice the size of the Magna Carta and way more interesting.  Wines from around the world are available.  However, if you’re like me, you’ll probably be fine with the 10-15 wines in the “featured” selection that is appended to the full menu.  Wines from around the world are offered as well as several gems from Spain.

Spanish wine is underrated and really unknown to most connoisseurs.   Luckily, La Vinya del Senyor does a great job of highlighting some good wines that pair especially well with the tapas on order.  Granted, it’s not your typical tapas bar fare.  They offer good mixes of cured meats, cheeses and “Topnotch Scroggin.”  Gotta love that.

Funny names aside, this is a wine bar not to be missed in Barcelona.  The staff behind the bar is friendly and, like many places in Spain, forgiving and appreciative of those who at least make an honest effort to order in Spanish.  What I should say is, the stare from behind the bar is not quite as icy as the one served up at el Tempranillo.   In fact, on my last visit I managed to get a couple of smiles.  Of course, that could have just been them reciprocating the expression that was plastered all over my face.  La Vinya del Senyor does that to me.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Vault Magazine says:

    Greetings! We are the editorial team for Vault Magazine, a luxury magazine for men’s big toys and all favorite things, under the ABS-CBN Publishing Inc., based in Manila, Philippines. Our maiden issue will launch this coming April. Our travel section is all about Barcelona (best restaurants, tapas bars, shopping sites etc.). We are sourcing our photos from freelance photographers and bloggers whose photos are found online. As such, we would like to ask permission to use the photos above.

    Hope to get your consent soon! We love your shots and thought they are very magazine-worthy. And of course, your name will be credited with your photos. Thank you and hoping to hear from you really soon as this will be for our April issue already. Thank you!

    Sincerely,
    VAULT MAGAZINE TEAM

  2. Paul Nankivell says:

    Hey there, I’m traveling to Barcelona in a month and was wondering if you could possibly share that list of favorite places? Totally understand if you’d rather not, but I could really use a real, non-tourist site generated list.

    thanks
    Paul Nankivell

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