Let’s say it’s your last day in Barcelona, you’ve spent a few days here, and have already walked a lot to visit the parc Guell, the Sagrada Familia, the FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou and many more. Your plane back home leaves tomorrow morning, but you would like to enjoy a last time the city. Preferably somewhere quiet, with a view on the sea and some nice cocktails.
And here comes the 1881 by Sagardi! Situated on top of the Catalonian History’s Museum, in the middle of Barcelona’s Marina, you’ll be able to relax, a cocktail or glass of wine on one side, and some typical pintxos on the other (Spanish appetizers made of bread with something on it).
The Catalonian History’s Museum is very noticeable when you arrive on the Marina, with its impressive stature and old bricks. Occupying an old trade warehouse designed in 1881, the museum opened in 1996 and presents a set of items from the Catalonian history. It also contains a large library, document center, and several temporary exhibitions are organised every year.
On the rooftop, you’ll find some cosy chairs, and bar stools against the wall if you want to admire the view on the marina. The best time to go there would be the evening, to enjoy the sunset and the activity below the building, but also to catch some fresh air, the shadow being quite hard to find on this rooftop.
And if you want to eat after (or before!) your drink, know that the company owning this place has several restaurants around the globe, named Sagardi. Their food is inspired by Basque culture, especially the cider taverns, where people meet to drink cider and wine, and order bite-sized food (pintxos) to compensate the effect of the alcohol. The menu is full of delicious dishes, from paellas to grilled fish or meat, and apple pies or basques’ cheeses to finish the meal.
- To access the rooftop, you have to enter the museum (in the middle of the building), pass the hall, take the elevator directly to the last floor, and it will be on your left.
- If the cocktails are pretty classic, they are good and at an honest price. Don’t hesitate to take some of the 80 pintxos and tapas, like the pan con tomate and some jamón (ham).