Telephone Number: +34 936 673 786
Nearest Subway Stop: Metro Jaume I (484 feet), Metro Barceloneta (1630 feet), Metro Liceu (2165 feet), Metro Urquinaona (2692 feet)
Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Friday:
7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
What is the concept behind Ziryab Tapas- Mezze wine bar? The Ziryab concept is a blend of two cultures. Its aim is to bring together the rich and spicy flavours of the Arab world with the strong and varied tastes of Catalunya to give you a unique culinary experience, while enjoying a wide variety of carefully selected wines from the wine-growing regions of the Arab world and Catalunya. Ziryab is essentially a wine and tapas bar, where the tapas are fusion tapas. It takes dishes from traditional Spanish tapas and enhances them with a culinary Arabic twist; sometimes it takes a traditional Arabic “Mezze” – which is the Arab equivalent of tapas – and adds extra flavours to suit Barcelona’s climate, such as the refreshing Minty Hummous. At other times, it blend ingredients from both regions to create new dishes that are not usually found on Barcelona’s streets but maintain the same concept enjoyed by so many in this city – ordering a selection of varied plates to share between friends and accompany with good wine. Who was Ziryab? This Tapas-Mezze wine bar is named after an inspirational figure in Islamic history. Ziryab, a talented musician born in Baghdad in the 8th Century, suddenly had to flee his hometown because his musical talents had surpassed those of his teacher, a punishable act in that time and place. So he partook a long journey in 833 to reach Cordoba, the heart of Islamic Spain. He began work at the Abbasid Caliph’s Court as a special royal advisor. But Ziryab was no ordinary man. Not only could he play exquisite music (whence his nickname Ziryab, or “Blackbird”) and brought creative new musical styles and instruments to Andalucia, but he was also extremely learned, and knew about geology and fashion, about chemistry and astronomy. But most of all, he brought fantastic new culinary flavours to Spain and revolutionised the local cuisine of the time, provoking explosive unique culinary sensations …. You could perhaps say that Ziryab had created a new and exciting crossroads, where Tapas was infused with Mezze….