Whatever you’re looking for from a night out, you’ll find it somewhere in Barcelona – bohemian boozer, underground club, cocktail bar, summer dance palace, techno temple, Irish pub or designer bar, you name it. But when it comes to drinks, gintonic, as it’s known, has always been a favourite.

In recent years, however, there’s been a surge in bars specializing in the classic cocktail and its star ingredient, ginebra, with numerous brands on offer. The tonic component has not been forgotten either, and bars pour a dizzying array of premium varieties.

It’s a refreshing trend worthy of a glass-clinking salut. In Barcelona these days, they don’t let anything come between their gin and their tonic – not even the word “and”.

From the new Rough Guide to Spain, here are three of our favourite places to indulge in the perfect gintonic.

Bobby Gin, Gràcia, Barcelonaphoto credit: bobby Gin bar via photopin (license) / cropped

Bobby Gin, Gràcia

A sign inside says “el gintonic perfecto no existe” (the perfect gin and tonic does not exist). Perhaps. But the sizeable G&Ts (from €8) here come very, very close.

Bobby Gin, c/Francisco Giner 47 

Dry Martini, The Eixample

White-jacketed bartenders, dark wood and brass fittings, a self-satisfied air – it could only be the city’s legendary uptown cocktail bar. Best drink to order after you've tried the gintonic? The clue’s in the bar’s name.

Dry Martini, c/Aribau 166

Xixbar, Poble Sec

“Chicks” is an old granja (milk bar) turned candlelit, but completely unstuffy, cocktail bar. Gin’s definitely the big drink here: they claim over one hundred varieties and they even have their own specialist gin shop on site.

Xixbar, c/Rocafort 19 

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