Our trip to Barcelona would not have complete without dinner at a Tapas Bar. Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, we stumbled into a very traditional, typical, hole-in-the-wall Tapas bar. We arrived around 10 p.m. (as dinner gets started pretty late), and somehow found two chairs at the huge U-shaped bar. The bar occupied the entire main room, and people were standing, moving around and socializing as you would at a bar (not a restaurant).
Tapas encourage conversation and socializing, as you are not focused on the entire meal before you. The menu was pretty intimidating, as I don't really know Spanish, but luckily, pretty much all of the options were on display under the glass of the huge U-shaped bar. There was lots of pointing. We were told that we absolutely must try the octopus. Everyone seemed to have a plate of chopped up octopus, so were were bold and ordered some.
The octopus was actually quite good. The meat tasted like baked crab; however, the tentacles were slimy.
We also enjoyed patates bravas, fried potatoes in a spicy salsa.
We had a great time, and I would recommend Bar Celta Pulperia to anyone visiting Barcelona looking for an authentic Tapas experience.