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Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

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Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

I am traveling to Barcelona with my twin 18 year-olds and while I am not anticipating allowing them to drink alcohol (btw: is there a legal age at which teens can drink in Barcelona), I have identified a few Cava bars that I would like to visit and since I will be traveling alone with my teens (no other adult), I was wondering if I can bring them along with me and have them simply order a soft drink. Are minors allowed in Cava bars in Barcelona? I would love them to have the experience while enjoying the tapas and the general vibe.

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1. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

What are these "Cava Bars" you have in mind? Athmosphere can be very different from a bar to another

In any case, usually there are no problems to bring children to a bar in Spain, at least to the regular bars we locals go. Wine bars may be more geared to adults, but if you go early I do not think you and your son will feel out of place. The legal age for drinking in Spain is 18. Those under 18 are alloved virtually everywhere but nightclubs, as far they are accompanied by an adult. Your will be able to order non-alcoholic drinks without problems. He may like 'mosto', that's grape juice without alcohol.

By the way, a "cava-bar" sounds a bit like tourist trap to me :)

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2. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

Different laws for different countries Amy D and 18 would certainly not be considered a minor in the UK, though they would almost certainly have to show ID before buying alcohol.

I wonder if you're thinking of El Xampanyet. Cava is widely available in Barcelonin bars but few places specialise. Cue 20 posts saying, "ah, but what about ...?".

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The following were listed in a blog entitled:

Top Five: Cava Bars in Barcelona: urbantravelblog.com/best/cava-bars-barcelona

Xampañería Can Paixano

El Xampanyet

La Vinya del Senyor

Cavamar

Clos Montblanc

Thanks for the advice, any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We will be in Barcelona for one week, we have rented an apartment on Carrer Provenca near to La Rambla.

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4. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

La Vinya del Senyor is more a wine bar than cava bar. It does sell cava. It is about 2 mins walk from El Xampanyet. Both are about 5-10 mins walk from Can Paixano.

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5. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

EL Xampanyet is not really a cava bar, although they do sell it. The usual drink there is xampanyet – a semi-sec carbonated wine. They also have beer on tap, vermouth and regular wine.

Can Paixano is quite a scene, and many clients will be around your kids' age. Their cava isn't particularly good, but it's cheap.

Edited: 5:07 pm, January 29, 2013
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6. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

Pleny of bars will sell a 'copa de cava' as well for a couple of euros.

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7. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

Indeed, pretty much all bars and restaurants in Catalunya sell cava.

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8. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

LOL, just realized I somehow undesrtood a 8 years old child, not twins of18!!!!! Of course you will not have any problem with them going to any bars... and, please, let them drink a bit, but only the good stuff! :))

Can Paixano and El Xampanyet are not places to sample good cava, not even half decent cava. They may be interesting places for other reasons and a real experience indeed

Mind that here "xampany" is a local old-fashioned way to call cheap carbonated wine. It has litte to do with autentic Cava or Champagne apart of the bubbles! :)

La Vinya del Senyor is a good wine bar. I don't know about the other 2

We locals usually drink cava withl meals, rarely alone. Mostly where celebrating something (even if just celebrating that's Sunday or that we feel happy). Many good cavas taste much better with certain foods. There are many kinds of cava, here we tend to like very dry ones (brut/brut nature) but there are half-dry and sweet ones. If you don't know, go to a good wine bar (or restaurant) and ask, explain the sommelier your tastes and let them to guide you. Many people who taste cava and do not like it, may have just tasted the wrong choices!

Salut!

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9. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

Terrific, greatly appreciate the time you've taken to reply! Muchas gracias!!!

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10. Re: Cava Bars with two 18 year-olds?

Why not take a train and visit the Cava region i loved my day there and we did one in the morning and another in the afternoon and plenty of free glasses of the good stuff to try :)