Barça Tapas and Cava Bar

Barça Tapas and Cava Bar
Princes Square, 48 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, G1 3JN
  • Telephone 0141 248 6555
  • Opening times Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Sun–Wed noon–11pm; Thu–Sat noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–6.30pm; Fri noon–5.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
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Barça Tapas and Cava Bar

A plush and popular Spanish restaurant situated in Princes Square – Glasgow's designer shopping centre.

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Tapas make a flexible, sociable break from shopping, so Barça’s location in Princes Square is a natural fit. And while other eating brands have come and gone in this upmarket city centre mall, the Spanish-themed bar and restaurant’s 12 years in business indicates a successful formula. There’s room inside for about a hundred people, but most customers opt to sit out on the (internal) terrace, where they can get a good look at the comings and goings in the atrium below. The menu here looks familiar at first sight, but many dishes come with unexpected twists – pinchos de pollo, for example, are flavoured with fairly un-Spanish lime, coriander and yoghurt, and the lamb with apricots is more North African than this side of the Med. As much about convivial atmosphere and the odd tipple as it is about food, Barça boasts no less than six different cavas (including one that’s alcohol-free) plus a good choice of glamorous cocktails. There’s also regular salsa dancing, including classes for complete beginners.

The List's rating






Martin Cross visited Barça Tapas and Cava Bar on 7 March 2018
  • High point: Good spot to refuel while shopping
  • Low point: Menu descriptions a little misleading
  • Notable dish: Scallops with black pudding and serrano ham
  • Average price: £12.95 (set lunch); £24 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Two terraces, 30 and 40
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Usually drowned out by whatever is on in the atrium
  • Live entertainment: Salsa classes and music nights on some Thu nights
  • Capacity: 175
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
  • House wine: £17.95 per bottle