I love Barca for their wine and their atmosphere. Big, round, cushy booths. Heavy velvet drapes. Dim atmosphere and good music. As other reviews stated, Barca's is a great place for happy hour, drinks and conversation. Food menu will hit the spot - don't expect fancy.
I deducted a star from my review, because I had such poor service from the early-shift female bartender the last time I went. However, this has been one of my favorite bar/lounges for the past few years. Unlike some lounges, you can have good, conversations with people without being drowned out by the music.
PROS: Atmosphere, Vibe
CONS: Rude staff
I used to go to Barca a couple times a month but stopped going because it became a bit tired and the crowd seemed to be mostly of the Belltown and Bellevue set out to visit the Hill. I thought I would stop by with a friend last night and see if the crowd had improved and it had. The service however was the WORST I have ever experienced. The bartender was good when he gave us our first round but when we moved to a booth we were given the cold shoulder by the servers and told by the buser that she couldn't send one over. No excuse for that level of service. I didn't leave a tip and they decided to add one anyway. NEVER AGAIN! I also will make sure to share this awful experience with everyone I know. The only reason Barca is getting two stars is the bartender was good.
I really enjoy this place on weekday evenings for chilling out after work or class. The ambiance is fabulous, and it's really fun if you are able to grab a seat in the big couches. It gets a little loud for my taste after about 9:00 on the weekends--there's no dancing, so I'm not sure why they keep the music so loud. I hate having to scream at the person sitting 6 inches away from me. But it's my favorite place for a snack and a cocktail after a busy day! (If you want food, the Barca Tortas are fabulous and come with frozen grapes--yummy and fun).
Pros: great atmosphere, good food
Cons: can be loud on weekend nights
The place is slow during the week but it defiantly gets crowed on the weekends. Wait time for a drink is about 5 min, but the bar tenders are friendly and so are the bouncers :)
Pros: scene, music, vibe, staff
Cons: wait time
The best place to enjoy a cocktail with friends for an amazing experience. Barca has the best drinks, atmosphere and service in Seattle. Go have a drink and see for yourself!
It was the very first bar I entered after arriving in Seattle a couple of hours earlier. Two promising rock - drum 'n base style groups performed accompanied with dancing acts. I enjoyed the music and the show although downstairs it was remarkably cold. Upstairs was all warm and cosy and a little alternative. I'm sure I'll visit Barca in the future again to discover some more new bands and have some more beers.
Pros: Great place to discover new bands!
Cons: Pretty cold downstairs :(
swanky atmosphere....strong drinks, i really like it here--they play rock and roll, metal...keep the music varied.....very cool place
Oh just the best around town, nothing but the best of everything, I just can't say enough about this place!
Pros: best of everything
Best drinks, best looking people, best bar around. I feel like I'm not is Seattle anymore when I enter this bar.
Cons: not enough places like this in Seattle
Everything was great, everyone was beautiful, I'll be back. It would be hard to complain about anything at this bar.
I love this place. The atmosphere is stylish with out being snobby. The drinks are delicious. The service is wonderful. I highly reccommend this bar to anyone looking for a romantic evening or a great night out with friends.
Pros: Romantic, Drinks, Food
My boyfriend and I frequent this bar with our friends, and bring all visiting out-of-towners through here. We have been entirely impressed with the cocktails and service each time we get a chance to go to Barca. When we bring people in for the first time, they are always in awe of the beautiful decor and the gals love the ladies restroom. We love the food at Barca, too- I recommend the salmon or assorted cheeses, it's such a nice reprive from typical bar food. This is the best bar in Seattle.
Pros: Cocktails, Service, Food
The staff is amazing. The bartenders are quick, sexy, and NICE!!!!! The upstairs was great for my party (vodka bar). Everyone was setted right away, with a cocktail server close by. She was on it, even down to lighting my smoke everytime. I think she had eyes in the back of her head.=) The food was light, perfect for a night of drinking.
Barca is my new watering hole.
Pros: friendly staff, fast bartenders, vodka****
Cons: Hard to find parking
I went to Barca with a group of friends and loved it. It wasnt overly crowded, the atmosphere was great and we could have conversation without feeling like we couldnt hear one another or like we were on top of other people. The big, velvety booths were very roomy for groups. The drinks were great and the two cocktail waitresses we had were great, they were quick and friendly. Only downside would be the bar snacks, I definetly would not come here expecting to grab a snack.
Pros: great atmosphere, friendly staff, trendy
Barça is crowded on weekends, but on weeknights, there is more space. The walls are lined on one side with large curvy booths and tables that are quite comfortable and intimate. The music is good and the drinks are superb. As for a first date, it's great - I know, one of my first ones was here.
Pros: drinks, service
it's my new watering hole. great place to kick it with friends. great place to celebrate bdays, etc. and there's no minimum tab if you want to reserve the upstairs.
Pros: no cover, friendly bartenders
great vibe, great drinks. It felt like something special as soon as you walk in the BIG front door. classy and edgy at the same time.
I reacently attended a birthday party in the vodka bar at Barca-what a blast! Excellent decor and music; rock'n but you don't have to shout. Great cocktails and service thats right on time but not fussy. My wife helped plan the event and said that the staff was smooth on that end also. Great time, can't wait to get back.
Pros: great service, mellow vibe, VODKA!
Many candles give out a relaxing dim light in this bar, making Barca a decent option for drinking with a date on Capital Hill. The environment carried mellow electronic music in the background with a crowd mainly filled with ages of mid to late 20s. The drinks seem to touch the pricey side. The location had small flocks of people, but was not crowded. The best seats are the couches that line the north wall, but there are very few of them. Barca is a decent spot to go chill with a few buddies or a date, but there are much better places nearby to check out the cuties.
Pros: Dim lighting, Electronic music, Lounging Couches
Cons: Small location, Few couches
I was a bit skeptical at first, after reading some of the other reviews. I'm glad I decided to try it out for myself. I can't say enough good things about Barca amazing service, great music, the perfect atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Service, Atmosphere, music
It is great to go into a bar where you can seat at the bar, have a drink and hold a conversation with the person next to you without having to yell. Barça has a well-decorated and sexy ambiance, where the atmosphere is welcoming, the bartenders are beautiful and friendly, the music selection is great, and the drinks are excelent - I make Barça my first choice! You should check it out and you must try their out of this world chocolate martini.
I have been going to BARCA for a couple of years and have to say i have never been disapointed - great service, strong drinks, excellent atmosphere and cute staff combine to make this the best bar on Capitol Hill. Wednesday nights are a favourite as DJ Sureshot spins for free!!
Pros: atmoshere, best vodka selection, cute staff
Wow, The Vodka Bar at Barca is incredible!!! They claim to have the largest selection of vodkas in the state of Washington...and I believe it! I tried 2 of their "samplers" (chocolate and polish) which gave me a taste of 3 different chocolate vodkas, and 3 different polish vodkas. The bartender (hot!) was very knowledgeable...I had no idea how vodkas can taste so very different!!! I'm hooked!!! Will definitely be going back. Oh, and yes, the place is absolutely gorgeous...great ambiance, nice crowd.
Pros: Vodka!, Vodka!, Vodka!
These reviews of Barca are outdated, so if you haven't been recently, go! The advent of the 100+ vodkas and 30 draft beers (including 4 Belgians) to an already keen staff, makes this one of my favorite places. Previous comments about poor service are way off base. From the doorman to the bussers, Barca's employees are some of the best in Seattle's service industry. Waitresses are quick and friendly, and the bartenders (who surely know their numerous products) rock cocktails out in mere seconds! The well priced weekday happy hour is a smart choice too. My clients and friends alike enjoy unwinding with a well mixed martini among the sumptuous decor. While I've got other haunts I'm fond of, I frequent Barca because of the consistent good service and great libations among an atmosphere that's unique and hip. Definitely the top tier of Seattle's nightlife - see it for yourself!
Pros: DJ Sureshot on Wed's, The drink menu!, Staff remembers you