A warm inviting place in the trendy Born neigborhood for pintxos (Basque style tapas on bruschetta bread), Basque sparkling cider, and Txacolí (white wine). In addition to the pintxos bar, there is a sit down grill restaurant, and outdoor terrace seating on Calle Argenteria.
I ate at the pintxos bar and it was a wonderful experience. Just ask for a plate from one of the friendly female Spanish bartenders and pick whatever pintxos piques your interest along the bar counter. Be sure to keep the pintxo toothpicks as they are counted at the end to determine your bill. When I went in May 2010, each pintxo cost €1.80
One unique service related thing that stands out is there is one waitstaff who takes one fresh hot pintxo platter from the kitchen and presents it throughout the floor of the bar area so you don't have to go to the counter.
Reservations can be placed if you have seating requirements for the grill restaurant or outdoor seating.
The area where the restaurant is located is a great place if you want to go on a tapas crawl as there are numerous options within a few steps of each other.
The ambience of Sargardi isn't something to rave about.. but the eating is! The system works like this... you wave at someone behind the bar while your friend tries to find a table to stand at. The waiter gives you a plate, and you pile it up with the tapas laid out along the bar. Each tapas is laid on a piece of bread, with a toothpick stuck through it.
When you want more, you just take it, and when you want to leave, you take the plate to the bar, and they add up the number of little toothpicks and charge you accordingly.
Apparently the particular type of tapas served here is basque, and the place is a regular haunt for locals. Nice to be somewhere truly local rather than one of the tourist restaurants on the rambla!
Favorite Dish: Tasty little tidbits of prawn, salmon and tortilla... explore them all!
Sagardi is a Basque Taberna that derives from the basic tapas concept, except at this place they serve a variety of yummp meats/pates/etc on slices of baguettes. Each piece costs about 1-2 Euros.
A note of caution though. This is not the kind of place to have a full-on dinner, but rather it is a good place to start up. But what am I saying? You're in Barcelona, meaning that you'll have about three dinners throughout the course of the evening anyways!
Favorite Dish: Take a look at the picture above and you'll see why.
The best kind of bar in Spain is the tapas bar and Sagardi in the Born is a good one to enjoy a few drinks. Located on Argenteria, one of the most traveled routes from Barrio Gotic to Barrio Born, makes this a great place to watch people. There is a restaurant in the back but the standing only bar is the traditional way to sample some tappas and cervesas. The bar is covered with several different mouth-size portions of typical Catalan appetizers so you can freely choice to eat as many or as few as you want.
Excellent bask tapas served on the bar. Just pick a plate, take what you want and pay at the end. Beautiful place and relaxed atmosphere. You can also have tortillas and drink Txakoli (bask white wine) or cider.
A very nice and attracting taverna in the middle of Borne area.
Normaly people come here to get an aperitive, but the pinchos were so attractive and tasty that we ended up having our aperitive, dinner and after dinner here.
You order something to drink and then take a plate where you put all the pinchos that you like, the selection is huge.
Remember that any pincho has a stick and they will make your bill counting the stick that you left on the plate, so if you eat or "lose" some sticks.......your bill will be lighter than your stomach:))
Sagardì is a wonderful basque tapa/montaditos bar in the old town. It's a simple eatery in a little square (most tables are outside): you order your drinks, then you ask for a plate and go inside and take as many montaditos as you want from the bar. Each montaditos has a tiny stick on it: and you pay by the number of sticks left on your plate, after your meal. Wonderful!
Favorite Dish: They only serve montaditos in the bar area. Looks for the light purple one with some sort of darker purple jam: it's the only sweet montaditos and it's made of delicious cream cheese