Just down the street from the Picasso Museum is one of Barcelona's most famous tapas bars. I wanted to try cava, Spanish champagne, while in Barcelona and I was told El Xampanyet was the place for it. We stopped by for pre-dinner drinks around 8 or 9 pm and even at that time, it was packed and bustling. It's apparently a local's favorite too. It's a tiny little space with small tables scattered throughout, colorfully tiled walls and lots of interesting nick nacks hung around the bar. There's a jovial buzz to the place that's infectious.
We tried resisting tapas while we were here since we were on the way to dinner, but we eyed some cured sausage being served and had to order some.
Here's my glass of cava with a platter of ubiquitous tomato bread.
For dessert, Matthew ordered