Barcelona Fusion Tapas and Wine Bar

Ziryab is a cute little wine bar in the backstreets of Barcelona’s old medieval town. It sits hidden in a winding alleyway near the Picasso Museum on carrer de Montcada, the street that from the 17th century onwards was used for the rich merchants and noblemen of Barcelona to build their palaces, which were expansive, charming, had an Arabesque feel to their welcoming inner courtyards and housed horse stables, servants quarters and rooms for entertaining visitors… these old palaces have now been converted into museums and galleries, and Ziryab is right round the corner. Ziryab wine, tapas and shisha bar itself evokes the charm of this part of the old city with its brick walls, its high ceilings and typical Catalan inner mezzanine balcony which overlooks the bar area.

Apart from its dynamic wine list, with a selection of fine wines from all over the rich vine-dense Catalunya region as well as great wines from the Bekaa Valley in the troubled Middle Eastern country of Lebanon, Ziryab has among the most interesting and tasty tapas in Barcelona, all made fresh and in-house, using quality ingredients and blending more traditional local tapas with Middle Eastern flavours to create interesting, spicy and flavoursome dishes, often more healthy than regular deep-fried tapas en Barcelona that you often find in the city’s many eateries. Its pan con tomato comes with olive oil, Lebanese pitta, and thyme. Its patatas bravas are oven-baked in rosemary and garlic, and other dishes like grilled halloumi cheese and jam on serrano, the fine local cured ham, or Arabian medjoul dates wrapped in bacon leave the customer salivating for more! The idea is to have a selection of the different tapas-mezze, as Ziryab calls them, cover your table with the sights and colours of these dishes, and share the wonderful flavours between your group. Ziryab’s team is already ready to welcome guests, explain different ingredients on the menu and recommend a wine to go with your meal. Tapas in Barcelona comes aplenty, but tapas in Barcelona coupled with ambience, recommendation and a unique flavoursome menu is less readily found.

The atmosphere is always nice in Ziryab, with a light background musical playlist that includes jazz numbers, bossa nova, swing…. and Ziryab also holds a number of events, where the atmosphere is great and people are meet-worthy.  Ziryab also organises wine tastings and caters for group bookings. There are always different events happening for different occasions. On Valentine’s Day, Ziryab hosts Persian poetry readings, and often also holds story-telling sessions evoking the old stories of Arabian Nights or Medieval Catalan tales for the discerning listener… this old tradition of storytelling is an ancient one in the Arab world and is a tradition that is dying out, which Ziryab is bringing back to life.

Come and check Ziryab. It’s intimate, it’s cute, it’s lively, it’s Barcelona.