Among the many slick Indianapolis restaurants downtown, including some within the world class Indianapolis hotels, the Barcelona Tapas restaurant is unique. Possessing an atmosphere more akin to your favorite corner family restaurant than what you might expect from its exotic name, the Barcelona is filled with brick walls, wooden chairs, primary colors and pictures of toros in red and black.
Hungry and thirsty after seeing the downtown sights at the famous Monument Circle? Looking for something different? The Barcelona is only a few blocks away from the center of the circle city, close to University Park and the Market Square Arena.
The word “tapas” is literally translated as “lid.” It is generally accepted that the connection has to do with a centuries-old practice of covering a glass of wine with a small plate when serving. Another charming custom, one which has stood the test of time, came from a decree that all bars must serve food with wine. Today’s fabulously popular tapas fad sprang up from its new beginnings in Spain. Those clever restaurateurs began creating small, one-piece, self-contained appetizers to be nibbled over a glass of wine and the rest, as they say, is history.
Much more than just another of the many fancy Indianapolis bars, then, Barcelona Tapas restaurant is intended to be a gathering place for friends and family and a haven for fun and nourishment in the middle of the city of Indianapolis. The owners have created separate catering and tapas menus, for both food and drink. Witness the offering of martinis and cocktails, along with a wine list that won’t quit, as well as the enormously popular Spanish buffet lunch for under ten dollars, and you will have a good idea why people flock there, and why they have such a good time when they do.
The tapas menu at the Barcelona Tapas restaurant offers enticing items such as “Gazpacho Andaluz,” a cold soup made of tomatoes and cucumbers for less than $4, to which one may choose to add four succulent shrimp. Or get yourself some “Calamari Frito,” a crispy calamari with Romesco sauce. Or how about some tapas on a stick? The Empanadas de Espinaca y Champiñón spinach and mushroom pastries with cumin garlic alioli look irresistible. Why not try them all? But don’t forget to save room for one of their authentic desserts, like the all-time favorite “Andaluzian Vanilla Creme Bruleé.”
The Barcelona Tapas Restaurant is an established favorite among Indianapolis bars and restaurants, a well-known gathering place for Indianapolis nightlife that offers an experience unlike any other.
Patio dining at Barcelona Tapas in Indianapolis Downtown
Even more patio dining at Barcelona Tapas in Indianapolis Downtown
The beautiful bar at Barcelona Tapas in Indianapolis downtown
Colorful exterior of Barcelona Tapas in Indianapolis downtown
Barcelona Tapas Restaurant
201 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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