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Monvínic, Barcelona

249 Carrer Diputació
Spain 08047
Tel: 34 93 272 6187's insider take:

Monvínic, in the Eixample, is a wine bar, restaurant, and (for members) a library on viticulture. Its cellars hold 3,000 varieties of wine from all over the world, but there's a daily list of wines by the glass, in case you're feeling overwhelmed. There are plenty of high-tech elements in place: For example, nifty electronic panels let you search by year, grape type, and region, and temperature-controlled ice buckets are built into the communal tables in the restaurant. Despite all the gadgetry, the surroundings are warm and welcoming, with oak and bronze surfaces and modernist furniture by local designer Alfons Tost (also responsible for interiors at the restaurant Santa), and laid-back jazz on the soundtrack. It'll come as no surprise that wine geeks love this place, but if you're a novice, the friendly staff will point you in the right direction without making you feel like an idiot.

Opens Mondays through Fridays 1 to 11:30 pm.

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