Xemei started out seven years ago as an unlicensed bar and restaurant and has grown into one of Barcelona’s most talked about spots. After falling for the city’s nightlife, twin brothers Stephano and Max Colombo brought the taste of their hometown of Venice, Italy across the Mediterranean, taking advantage of Barcelona's lack of laid-back, high-end eateries. While their reputation has spread far enough to include Patti Smith and Sean Penn among clientele, Xemei is still, for the most part, free of tourists, a rare thing in Barcelona. Their polenta-stuffed baby squid, fresh burratta, and ever-expanding organic wine list makes it our favorite place in Barcelona to get drunk and forget about how underpaid we are.

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