Because we all know that ‘having a vermouth’ involves so much more than simply sipping a glass of this delicious drink. Vermouth entails a social ritual that, luckily, is becoming ever more popular in Ibiza. Since the first vermouth bar opened on the island three years ago, similar establishments have sprung up all over, small temples to the art of tapas. Whether you like vermouth or not, at a vermouth bar you will find your perfect drink, no matter whether you drink beer or wine, or you prefer a soft drink: the key factor is the company. If you fancy enjoying an aperitif with us, try this tour of highly recommended vermouth bars in Ibiza.
Petit Vermut: ‘behind-the-bar cuisine’
Petit Vermut was the first vermouth bar to open in Ibiza. Located in the La Marina district, this tiny establishment exudes authenticity on all sides in its recreation of a traditional Catalan vermouth bar, where you can meet your friends before dinner to enjoy an aperitif paired with a good wine, a beer or, of course, a vermouth.
Petit Vermut lives its life in the open air, on its small terrace from which customers can observe the pulsing life of the centre of Ibiza. The little terrace barely accommodates seven or eight tables. Inside, there are just a couple more tables and the bar. Petit Vermut doesn’t actually have a kitchen, so all its dishes are prepared behind the bar, making simplicity its stamp of distinction. Cold meats from Ibiza, gourmet preserves and rolls are just a few of the tapas that make up the menu—and we mustn’t forget the home-made potato omelette, one of Petit Vermut’s great claims to fame.
Ajoblanco: a vermouth bar for the twenty-first century
From a traditional vermouth bar then, we move on to a much more modern version. In the heart of constantly buzzing Playa d’en Bossa, we find Ajo Blanco, an oasis where time slows to the pace of vermouth. This contemporary vermouth bar opened its doors in 2018, offering the opportunity to enjoy the ‘vermouth hour’ at any time of the day. The menu offers a varied selection of wines and vermouths that can be combined with over 40 types of tapas and excellent-quality hot and cold snacks, including classic vermouth accompaniments such as preserves and potatoes with Espinaler Sauce and other more innovative creations. Don’t forget to leave room for one of their delicious home-made desserts!
Tris Vermutería y Bar: gourmet aperitifs
At the new Bless Hotel Ibiza, located in Cala Nova, we can find different types of eateries, such as Tris Vermutería y Bar, a true temple to vermouth, where the hotel pays homage, not just to this typical summer drink, but also to the ‘Spanish aperitif hour’. Pickles, cheeses, gourmet preserves, salted fish and other culinary delights, such as caviar and ham, are just a few of the tapas that can be selected to accompany a vermouth. Of course, the drinks menu at this sophisticated vermouth bar in the lounge-bar style features in addition plenty of quality brand beers, spirits of all types, wines, cavas, champagnes and amazing cocktails. So whether you fancy a vermouth with a light aperitif, or whether you’re planning a full-scale banquet, you will be captivated by this establishment, which has successfully combined elegance with all the style of the old-school Catalan vermouth bar.