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22 Best Bars in Barcelona in 2024 for Epic Drinks & Food

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The best bars in Barcelona are those that are truly able to leverage the city’s sunny terraces, multicultural vibes, and local Spanish wines.

Whether you’re looking for the cocktail of your life or just cheap, cold beer in a stunning square, the top Barcelona bars will have it for you.

So let’s put a few ice cubes in the glass and get stirring.

The Best Bars in the Gothic Quarter

Bar La Plata

€€ Informal tapas | Carrer de la Mercè 28 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want one of Barcelona’s best tapas bars.

The very simple recipe for the success of this bar is being comfortable in its own skin.

Dating back to 1945, this tiny bar hasn’t wavered a bit and offers the very same four delicious tapas: pintxos with sausage or anchovy, fried smelts, and a delicious tomato salad – all accompanied by great wine.

There’s an almost countryside atmosphere here, and the flavours are unmistakably traditional.

Even if it’s not the easiest bar to find a seat, it’s worth passing by for an energizing snack or pint.

Drink to get: vermouth or red wine.

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Ocaña

€€-€€€ | Coffee and cocktail | Plaza Reial 13-15 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want a bit of style without pushing it too much.

A beautiful spot found in the magical Plaza Reial with an old architecture base given a modern face-lift to create a style all to itself. Let’s call this the place of a thousand faces: a modern cafe, a tapas restaurant, a skillfully crafted cocktail bar, and a club with live music.

Whether you’re looking for a late-afternoon aperitif near La Rambla, a place to sit down and eat after a long day sightseeing, or a dance with your friends in an underground club, there’ll be something for you here.

Drink to get: blueberry sangria, anything off the long gin list.

Craft Barcelona

€€ | Craft beer | Carrer del Paradís 4 | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

After a long day of sightseeing, a great place to wind up is super central Craft Barcelona – just a stone’s throw from Plaça Sant Jaume and the Barcelona Cathedral.

It’s a place with tasty tap beers and gourmet burgers – I like to grab a seat outside in the street and hear the hustle and bustle of the city pass by. The upstairs area also has large screens for big football matches.

The mushroom or ham croquetas (croquettes) are one of the best-value Spanish snacks in the city. Even better? There are all sorts of events, some even in English, such as comedy nights and live band karaoke.

Drink to try: any of the IPAs.

Sub Rosa

€€   Cocktail  |  Carrer d’en Rauric 23  | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) |  Website

This neighbourhood gem is hidden in the Gothic Quarter and is a perfect reflection of its vibe. With its moody, brash decorations and a small venue, it gives a cozy, local feel from the moment you enter. Although you might not be able to find a seat right away, just hang tight because chairs will open up.

What’s more? You can choose from an excellent array of cocktails. And the best part? Mojitos are only €2.90 every day from 6-10 pm! So, grab one and relax in the bar’s cozy atmosphere.

During the recent world cup, the bar proudly proclaimed itself the anti-world cup bar of choice! So don’t expect any TVs, just a dark old-school cocktail bar which more than reasonable prices.

Drink to try: gothic forest or mojitos

The Best Bars in El Born

Antic Teatre

€€ | Beer terrace | Carrer de Verdaguer i Callís 12 | Metro: Urquinaona (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you like a bohemian terrace under trees.

One of the coolest bars in Barcelona is famous for its spacious patio that’s a hit with locals and tourists alike. You’ll find it just a few steps away from the Palau de la Musica in one of the Born’s characteristic tiny streets.

This is one of the best informal places to kick back and relax with a beer and fresh air. If you need to catch up with some work on the laptop, the free WiFi here makes this the classic place.

You’ll put back round after round under the shade-casting trees of the open terrace and observe other interesting ‘fauna’ that populate the bar: artists, young hipsters, and old locals from the neighbourhood.

Drink to try: a cheap quinto of beer (only 200ml, genius as it stays cold the whole time!).

El Xampanyet

€€-€€€ | Classic tapas | Carrer de Montcada 22 | Metro: Jaume I (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want to stuff yourself in the real Spain.

Even if it finds itself in one of the most tourist-heavy streets in Barcelona, Xampanyet has managed to conserve an air of tradition without pretense – for this reason, local after local has fallen in love with this tapas bar.

Here you’ll find locals and tourists alike jockeying for position at the bar to grab glasses of its semi-sweet sparkling white wine accompanied by classic Spanish tapas: Serrano ham, cheeses, anchovies, and Spanish tortillas.

Another rarity found here for the number of tourists is the friendliness of the staff.

Drink to try: the homemade xampanet sparkling wine.

Paradiso

€€-€€€ | Cocktail/speakeasy | Carrer de Rera Palau 4 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you wanna feel like 007 sipping cocktails with the possibility of pastrami.

Tucked away behind prohibition curtains in an inconspicuous pastrami sandwich joint is one of the best cocktail bars in Barcelona. Just make sure you arrive with patience, as you’ll probably have to wait to get in due to limited seating.

From cocktails served in glass pipes to dry ice to being smoked in front of your eyes, the creativity of the sophisticated bar really shines through. And guess what? The pastrami and smoked meats are delicious!

I mentioned this in my list of top things to do in Barcelona at night.

Drink to try: long island iced tea in a teapot, pineapple mai tai.

Clubhaus

€€-€€€   Cocktail  |  Av. del Marquès de l’Argentera, 13  | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) |  Website

A brilliant multi-space concept famous for food, art, and even some play.

What stands out right away is their stunning cocktail bar with a mountain of bottles, flame projected brick background, and friendly English-fluent mixologists.

The phrase ‘jack of all trades master of none’ does not apply here – this massive bar is a fabulous coworking space during the day, serves great Mexican food, is a good place for ping pong and darts, and turns into a club at night.

This is the ultimate stop for large groups, Barcelona stag dos, team-building nights and more.

Drink to try: margaritas or a negroni.

Collage Cocktail Bar

€€   Cocktail  |  Carrer dels Consellers 4 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) |  Website

If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of El Born, look no further than Collage Cocktail Bar. This place is a total oasis of calm and sophistication, perfect for lovebirds or anyone who wants to escape the madness outside.

One of the best things about Collage is that they serve up classic cocktails, so you don’t have to worry about trying something you’ve never heard of before. Instead, you can kick back with a drink you know and love, which is always a good feeling.

The atmosphere at Collage is warm and inviting, thanks to the elegant decor and the friendly staff. It’s the kind of place where you can relax and enjoy the company of others without feeling rushed or crowded.

Drink to try: any classic rum-based cocktail

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The Best Bars in Raval

Barna Brew

€€ | Craft beer | Carrer Parliament 45 | Metro: Sant Antoni (L2) | Website

What do you get when a Londoner and a Cypriot meet in the UK and end up in Belgium?

The simple answer is a great beer. These two friends actually entered a prestigious Belgian beer contest as amateurs and not only did well – they won the whole damn thing.

Now they’ve taken their talents as pros to Barcelona.

The on-site brewery churns out half a dozen originals as well as two seasonals, a unique take on Belgian classics. Throw in a delicious paired food menu, and this is the Barcelona beer spot.

Drink to try: Moreneta Bruna (touches of citrus, cinnamon, and coffee).

Marsella

€€ | Old school speakeasy | Carrer de Sant Pau 65 | Metro: Liceu (L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: if you want to black out gracefully like a 1920s poet.

People say it’s the oldest bar in Barcelona, and judging by the decor, they’re probably right. The bar was founded in 1820 and was one of the places Hemingway went for drinks in Barcelona.

This is really just a dusty cowboy saloon from 1800s. The bar is never immune from rumours of its closure for something a bit more wholesome, and yet it lives on! It is the Raval, after all.

Here you’ll find a young, spirited crowd diving head first into traditional absinthe rituals: soaking a sugar cube and lighting it on fire above the glass. Careful! These drinks are really strong.

Drink to try: absinthe.

Club Caribbean Barcelona

€€ | Cocktail | Carrer de les Sitges 5 | Metro: Catalunya (L1-L3) | Website

From just outside, you’ll notice a small door and a port hole at this hidden bar. In any other situation, I’d suggest you walk right on by, but with this one, you won’t regret it!

This tiny place that fits just 16 people is decked out like the cabin of a Cuban boat. It’s here that you can order a wide variety of cocktails from one of the two experienced bartenders.

I hit this place up after a company party once and got some pretty amazing versions of classics like daiquiri, pisco sour, and caipirinha, and for you British readers, they’re even in on the Pimm’s!

Drink to try: any and all.

La Whiskeria

€€-€€€ | Whiskey | Carrer de les Sitges 3 | Metro: Catalunya (L1/L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: whiskey flows through your veins.

A hole in the wall Scottish style saloon with a light speakeasy feel.

It features more than 200 brands of whiskey, from the single malts of Speyside to far-out features like Taiwanese whisky Kavalan, which beat out Scottish and English contemporaries in a blind taste test on Burns Night in Leith, Scotland.

You’ll get this story and others from the knowledgeable bartenders – just make sure to go upstairs and see the mini whiskey museum with bottles older than the building itself.

Pesca Salada

€€ | Informal cocktail | Carrer de la Cera 32 | Metro: San Antoni (L2) | Website

This bar is for you if: you’re a ginandtonicaholic.

If bars this small were even legal, that’s news to me! This ocean-themed sardine can bar in the heart of the Raval is a great place to drink big glass gin and tonics made with the proprietor’s homemade gin.

In all, you have over 20 types of gin with some pretty original ingredients like rose petals, rosemary, and peppercorns that really give the cocktails life. There’s a dedication to the drinks here that makes it one of the top bars in Barcelona for quality-price ratio.

This is a great cozy spot for Barcelona couples – though larger groups may want to look elsewhere!

Drink to try: whatever gin and tonic suits you.

33/45

€€ | Stylish cocktail | Carrer de Joaquín Costa 4 | Metro: San Antoni (L2) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want to get sloppy for cheap and meet people.

Let yourself sink into the super comfy couches at this bar, one of the most vivacious in all of Raval, for a great place to chat away the night sipping on reasonably priced drinks like a €2.50 spritz.

Make a visit to 33/45, and you surely won’t find any washed-up locals. The students (and yes, hipsters) are the ones that bring this bar alive. The bar is decorated with a contrast of recycled furniture and modern art.

Make sure you make your way to the back by the sandwich bar – they have a great aperitivo on Sundays.

Drink to try: spritz, beer, or gin and tonic.

L’Ovella Negra Ramblas

€ | Beer & Tapas | Carrer de les Sitges, 5 | Metro: Universitat (various) | Website

It’s a legendary joint that all the rockers know about! But did you know that it all started in this rustic tavern located right next to Las Ramblas?

Real locals know the deal – the perfect night out starts with dinner, a few cold ones and some table football matches to kick things off. And let me tell you, this place is something special. You can feel the history and character as soon as you step through the door.

Sure, the Ovella Negra has got a massive industrial ship over in Marina, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that everything started right here. This is where the legend was born back in 1965 – and the spirit of good times and great memories live on.

Drink to try: Any ice-cold local beer

The Best Bars in Barceloneta

Bar Leo

€ | Post-beach drinks | Carrer de Sant Carles 34 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want to get day drunk and see impromptu Spanish guitar concerts.

Put a coin in the jukebox and get moving to the sounds of Rumba with a beer in hand, and you’ll have found true happiness. At least that’s what Leo, the eccentric proprietor of this super kitsch bar dedicated to 1970’s flamenco star called Bambino, would have you believe.

This bar really gets hopping on Saturdays when hundreds of patrons drink in the street and chat the afternoon away. If you’re lucky, you’ll find free flamenco guitar music.

This is the pre or after-beach drink stop and one of the city’s great cheap bars.

Drink to try: beer or vermouth.

Santa Marta

€€€ | Beachside snack | Carrer de Grau i Torras 59 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want a reasonably priced beer and snack with a sea view.

If your dream is a couple of countries off and you’re looking for Italy, then come here for a gigantic glass of the summer’s most refreshing alcoholic beverage: the spritz.

The tables right along one of Barcelona’s best beaches make this a great bar with a view and an optimal place to get some sun and even order a classic pizza, piadina, or panini.

For those looking for something a bit more exotic, the nachos with guacamole or the sangria are also great options.

if you’re looking for a unique and character-filled bar that serves up some delicious tapas, then you definitely need to check out El Vaso de Oro. This place is styled like a narrow cruise ship bar, but don’t let that fool you – it’s packed with personality!

One thing you definitely can’t miss when you visit El Vaso de Oro is their mouth-watering chorizo and patatas bravas. And to wash it all down, they’ve got some seriously tasty beer that’s made from centuries-old recipes crafted by the beer masters. They only use the best ingredients, so you know you’re in for a treat.

This bar has been around for over 50 years, so they really know what they’re doing. They open up right onto the street, so you can enjoy your meal while soaking up the bustling daytime or buzzing nighttime atmosphere.

El Vaso de Oro

€-€€ | Tapas & Beer | Carrer de Balboa 6 | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) | Website

If you’re looking for a unique and character-filled bar that serves up some delicious tapas, then you definitely need to check out El Vaso de Oro. This place is styled like a narrow cruise ship bar, but don’t let that fool you – it’s packed with personality!

One thing you definitely can’t miss when you visit El Vaso de Oro is their mouth-watering chorizo and patatas bravas. And to wash it all down, they’ve got some seriously tasty beer that’s made from centuries-old recipes crafted by the beer masters. They only use the best ingredients, so you know you’re in for a treat.

This bar has been around for over 50 years, so they really know what they’re doing. And they open up right onto the street, so you can enjoy your meal while soaking up the bustling daytime or buzzing nighttime atmosphere.

Drink to try: Any local craft beer

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The Best Bars in Gracia

Vermuteria del Tano

€-€€ | Vermuteria | Carrer de Joan Blanques 17 | Metro: Joanic (L4) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want to try a traditional bodega.

If there’s a Gracia bar where you absolutely have to have homemade vermouth, it’s this.

This veritable museum dedicated to Barcelona’s favourite drink is famous for its bar that is straight out of the 1950s. The vintage ads, chalkboard menus, oak casks, and charismatic owner Tano really bring this place to life.

If your stomach starts rumbling, you’ll be in good hands: the long list of jarred preserves here, like stuffed olives, anchovies, and even octopus and squid, are the ultimate accompaniment to your afternoon drink.

Drink to try: vermouth.

Bar Canigò

€€-€€€ | Classic tapas cafe | Carrer de Verdi 2 | Metro: Fontana (L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want to blend in like a local in a top bar.

Of all the places to have drinks in Barcelona, Bar Canigó is the one that just oozes relaxation and happiness. It’s beloved by locals for never giving in to passing trends and keeping it real over the years with its marble tables, old-school columns, and scratched-up mirrors.

Go for patatas bravas (fried potato chunks with spicy sauce) or boquerones (picked sardines).

Drink to try: beer or vermouth.

Pipa Club

€€€ | Formal jazz | Santa Eulalia 21 Baixos | Metro: Verdaguer (L4/L5) | Website

This bar is for you if: you’ve dreamed of having a drink with Sherlock Holmes.

Semi-hidden in a tiny Gracia street is this bar that’s primarily a pipe smoking club – though you wouldn’t know it from the complete lack of smokers and the juicy live music offerings throughout the week.

The eccentric retro bar has a very British feel with its diffused light, jazz music, lonely corners, and long wooden bars populated by patrons telling hard-luck stories to bartenders.

This is a great place for couples, and I have a friend who swears on it for dates.

Keep an eye out on the Pipa Club calendar for the many blues, swing, and jazz concerts.

Drink to try: a smokey scotch.

Sol Soler

€€ | Outdoor tapas | Plaça del Sol 21 | Metro: Fontana (L3) | Website

This bar is for you if: you crave quality homemade food and a great atmosphere.

You wouldn’t dream of spending an evening in Gracia without having a drink in one of its many picturesque squares. Here you’ll receive a front-row seat to the area’s biggest plaza: Plaça del Sol.

There’s no better place to grab a beer in the sun and snack on cheap, quality food. Try the quiches, croquettes, or even the chicken wings, and you won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you sit outside.

Drink to try: Moritz local beer.

Bodega Marin

€ | Spanish Bodega | Carrer de Milà i Fontanals 72 | Metro: Joanic (L4) | Website

Next up on the list is a rustic little spot with only a few seats, but that’s what makes it so special. Trust me, you’ll want to check it out!

If you’re unfamiliar with Spanish Bodegas, let us give you the rundown. They’re basically old-school wine cellars that are usually jam-packed with barrels of the good stuff. And this one is no exception, it’s an absolute must-visit while you’re in Barcelona.

Now, there are a few seats inside, but the real way to experience this place is by asking for outside drinks (or “bebidas a fuera,” as the locals say). They’ll give you your choice of vino for just €2 in a plastic cup, so you can join the crowd of people outside on the street.

And don’t worry if wine isn’t your thing, they also serve canas of Estrella Damn for just €1.50.

Drink to try: any of the barrelled wine or vermouth

The Best Bars in Eixample

Cocovail Beer Hall

€€ | American | Carrer d’Aragó 284 | Metro: Passeig de Gracia (L4/L5,L7) | Website

Americans lusting for home? This one is for you.

What was once an old textile factory just around the corner from Casa Batllo got a facelift in 2016 – in the form of a pacific surfing concept American beer hall.

Here you’ll sup up 24 craft beers and accompany them with the best wings in Barcelona. It’s also a great place to watch the NFL, all sorts of American sports, and European football.

Drink to try: Any of the craft beers.

Boca Chica

€€€ | Trendy cocktail | Passatge de la Concepció 12 | Metro: Diagonal (L3/L5) | Website

This bar is for you if: you want an elegant night to remember.

This refined and seductive bar near Casa Batllo brings a certain elegance that matches the streets outside on the luxurious Passeig de Gracia. Here you’ll pay quite a bit for the drinks, but the quality found here is well worth it.

The low couches are filled with cool international people but the most spectacular part? The bathrooms!

Drink to try: Moscow mule or any of their signature cocktails.

Dry Martini

€€€ | High-end cocktail | Carrer d’Aribau 162-166 | Metro: Diagonal (L3/L5) | Website

This bar is for you if: your religion is cocktail drinking.

Professional bar staff, a dream bar for cocktail lovers, and an interesting selection of jazz music.

Not only is it one of the best cocktail bars in Barcelona but Dry Martini was voted one of the sixth-best bar in the world by Drinks International. This is likely thanks to the legendary cocktail creations of its creative bartenders.

Just watch out for the flying glasses!

Drink to try: absolutely essential not to leave without trying a martini.

El Vélodromo

€€€ | Gastro-bar | Carrer de Muntaner 213 | Metro: Diagonal (L3/L5) | Website

This spot used to be the go-to place for businessmen who would come here to unwind, play cards, and chat after work. But let me tell you, it’s become a legend in the Eixample district– virtually symbolic of the neighbourhood!

Nowadays, El Velodromo is a unique joint that stands out from the rest. You can come here from 7:30 am – 1 am (2 on Fri & Sat) and try out some of the most delicious dishes you’ve ever tasted, thanks to the culinary genius of Catalan Michelin-starred chef Jordi Vilà. The food is out of this world, I tell you!

And the atmosphere? Oh boy, it’s one of a kind! El Velodromo is not your typical bar, no sir. It’s interesting and rustic yet distinguished at the same time.

So if you’re looking for an ice-cold local beer with some elevated Catalan cuisine, stop at El Velodromo, and you won’t be disappointed.

Drink to try: a fresh Moritz

How to Go For Drinks in Barcelona

First off, the age-old question is, “where are the best bars in Barcelona”? Well, I feel that the best neighbourhoods for thirsty travellers are the Gothic Quarter, the Raval, the Born, and Eixample.

And now that you’ve stuck with me and made it this far, you’ve got a list of the hottest spots in each individual neighbourhood to get your Catalan crawl underway.

Secondly, unlike in North America or the UK, most bars in Barcelona don’t get busy until about 11 pm and are often open quite late. Before 11 pm, most locals are out enjoying some tapas and a few beers before the party gets started.

Also, if you’re looking to use these bars as a springboard to some of Barcelona’s best clubs, you should know that discos likely won’t get crowded until about 2 am. So I’d recommend heading to Barcelona’s top restaurants for dinner late and starting as late as possible.

Most Spaniards drink una caña (a small glass of beer) or una mediana (a cheap bottle of beer). If you want the cheap draft beer, you should ask for one of these. Otherwise, the barman might pour you a pint of the expensive stuff.

Here are some average prices to ensure you aren’t getting ripped off:

  • A small glass of beer: €2.00 – €3.00.
  • A glass of house wine: €2.50 – €3.50.
  • Vermouth: €1.50 – €2.50.
  • Cocktails and highballs: €7.00 (basic highball), €10.00 – €13.00 (signature, club).

If you need a taxi, sign up for Spain’s taxi-sharing system app called Free Now. Not only is it super convenient and quick like Uber, but you’ll get €5.00 off your first trip by following my Barcelona taxi guide.

Also! In summer, a great way to start off the evening is to grab a cocktail with a view at any of Barcelona’s best rooftop bars. Most can be found within Barcelona hotels, though non-guests are usually welcome.

And finally… do you have to tip in Barcelona bars?

No!

Still Looking for the Best Barcelona Bars?

These are only the best bars in Barcelona in my own experience – if you’re looking for something a bit different that isn’t here, then get at me in the comments below with your tastes, and I’ll be sure to recommend something great.

Also, any comments you have about the blog would be greatly appreciated as I am always trying to improve this resource.

Enjoy the best bars in Barcelona🍻

55 comments
  • February 4, 2020 at 7:44 pm
    Meg
    Hi Ash, Love your website so much it’s proving so helpful! I’m away for my birthday from May 4th - 8th with 16 friends :) We’re staying near Parc del Turo del Putget and will be in Barcelona Monday - Friday. A few questions: 1. Weeknights where would be the best clubs to go to? 2. For large groups where would be the most suitable restaurants for Tapas and wine? 3. Do you have Uber in Barcelona or an equivalent app? 4. Would there be any pool parties this early in the season? Or some lovely hotels that have music / atmosphere by the pool Thank you in advance! X x
    • February 5, 2020 at 10:17 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Meg, During the week, especially early I recommend Apolo as there's always something going on. The Nasty Monday and Crappy Tuesday nights are usually about as good as it gets for the week day. I would also check out Razzmatazz or some of the clubs at the Port Olimpic like Opium which have a never ending flow of tourist traffic. For large groups I'd recommend a big space like Xiringuito Escriba, Bodega Joan, or Vinoteca Torres (which I haven't tried but it's big and a wine bar with tasty tapas according to readers). Uber doesn't run in Barcelona but the next best thing is to download the FreeNow app. I have details in my taxi article. Unfortunately early May is much too early for Spaniards to start the pool party season! You're looking at early June (or perhaps after June 22nd for some) for most of the pool parties or in general hotel pool openings. Cheers, Ash
  • January 12, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    Lorna
    Hi Ash, First of all, thanks so much for this website, all of your advice has been amazing, even answering questions i hadn't thought of! We're traveling for my 30th birthday with our 4 year old, whats the rules for kids in bars in Barcelona? Are the allowed until a certain time, not allowed at all? Thanks so much!
    • January 13, 2020 at 9:55 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Lorna, No problem! So happy you like the site :) Kids are fine in bars though not terribly common after around 8 or 9 pm. You shouldn't have any issues during the day but obviously as night falls and it gets late you're probably not going to want them out in the best bars in the city anyway. I wouldn't sweat it though! :) Ash
      • January 13, 2020 at 3:53 pm
        Lorna
        Thanks so much Ash! Any recommendations for family friendly bars for good food and a cocktail? Is it OK to be out after dark with a child? Thank you!
        • January 14, 2020 at 9:00 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Lorna, No problem! It's hard for me to say not having a child but I've got a friend who takes his kid out quite frequently, after dark even, though not really late by any stretch of the imagination. When I think of a bar (which is more of a cafe) for families I think of El Bosque de les Fades. You may also want to try Sol Soler or Cocovail Beer Hall. Ash
  • January 9, 2020 at 10:42 pm
    Kerry
    Hi Ash I'm so glad to have stumbled across your website! I'm going to be in Barcelona later this month for 3 nights and the Barcelona v Valencia game is on while we are there. What would you recommend as a good bar to go and watch the game? We're staying in the Eixample area.
    • January 10, 2020 at 10:19 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Glad to hear Kerry! Always happy to help :) I would go check it out at the George Payne pub which is near the Urquinaona metro stop. Really good screens and full bar plus fairly decent pub grub as well. Cheers, Ash
  • October 21, 2019 at 8:14 pm
    Eleftheria
    Hello Ash! Your website is so useful for us travellers! I was hoping you could help me find a bar to meet new people my age (currently 25 y.o.). Something not super loud, nor too expensive. I live in L' Hospitalet de Llobregat but I can go pretty much anywhere! Any suggestions will be welcome <3 Thanks in advance and keep up the good work :)
    • October 22, 2019 at 8:34 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Eleftheria, Thanks so much! I am glad to help :) For meeting young people the best place in my opinion is the Oveja Negra... there are two locations in the city. You could also try one of the big pubs like the George Payne. Also don't count out using a website like Couchsurfing or Meetup.com because there are so many activities and groups where it's so easy to meet people at language exchanges, cooking classes etc. Cheers, Ash
      • October 22, 2019 at 9:32 pm
        Eleftheria
        Thank you so much for your recommendations! I shall visit La Oveja Negra tomorrow evening! Hope you have an amazing day! Cheers, Eleftheria :)
        • October 23, 2019 at 11:16 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Great! Please let me know how you get on :)
  • September 27, 2019 at 12:05 am
    Hollon
    Hello Ash, Love the site and posts on FB. I am in Barcelona the evening of 11/29 - 12/3 after a few days north of there. I'll be in the Gothic Quarter at Airbnb. I like authentic hole in the wall places, not touristy, where I can get a sense of the local culture. It would be fantastic to talk to locals as well. I enjoy live music and arts too, although I know it may be limited this time of year. I of course will do the usuals like Sagrada and Guell, but I love out of the way or hidden gems. Anything you have is greatly appreciated.
    • September 27, 2019 at 10:38 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Hollon, Thanks for the very kind words, I am glad to help :) The problem with Barcelona being so popular is that the idea of hole in the wall/away from tourists is basically non existent. I could tell you of some cool places but you'll always find tourists there Instagramming haha. For me, and I say this after living in Barcelona for 8 years, I feel the most 'local' when I'm walking through Gracia without any particular destination or direction... the lively squares, pedestrian only streets, presence of Catalan language, and cityscape virtually devoid of big chains really delivers as close as you can get to authenticity. Here's a link to my Gracia article: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/gracia/ I would also say the same for the Poble Nou neighbourhood with its lesser known 'Rambla' full of local cafes. Other than this I would also suggest perhaps a day trip to Sitges (a local beachside town) which is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. More info here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/sitges/ I would also recommend perhaps signing up to a site like Couchsurfing or more importantly Meetup.com as there are all sorts of local events (many in English) like hiking/cooking lessons/networking events/salsa classes for any type of industry etc. Here's the link: https://www.meetup.com/ Cheers, Ash
      • September 27, 2019 at 6:16 pm
        Hollon
        Thank you for the response. Will I be able to find live music that last weekend of November and first couple days of December?
        • September 28, 2019 at 12:41 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          No problem Hollon! For live music I would check the usual suspects like Pipa Club, Harlem Jazz Club, JazzSí, or El Paraigua. Another good shout could be Marula. I haven’t heard the specific events of these places yet but on any other day they would be my go-to Ash
  • August 22, 2019 at 7:29 am
    Hugo A Martinez
    Hello, Im traveling to Barcelona alone and would like any recommendations for my trip. Bars, clubs, activities. Things like that. Thank you in advanced.
    • August 22, 2019 at 9:01 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Hugo, This whole blog is full of these recommendations... I suggest having a read... was there anything specific you had in mind that I can help you with? :) If you're travelling alone I suggest looking at Meetup.com and Couchsurfing as you'll get plenty of ideas there for activities and groups of travellers and locals meeting up. Also, what month are you visiting? I have many articles outlining the activities and events for each month in September for example. Cheers, Ash
  • July 19, 2019 at 11:10 am
    Stephen
    Barcelona is a perfect city for eating and drinking. I usually go for a drink at the https://www.wildroverbarcelona.com/ and then dinner on the La Rambla.
  • May 6, 2019 at 11:27 pm
    david parker
    Hi Ash We have a stag organised for the end of May, there are 23 of us travelling between the ages of 30 and 60. We are staying at Sagrada Familia. I have a few questions if you could help that would be greatly appreciated, 1)are there any boat trips that you would reccomend that provide tappas and drinks, preferably a private tour? 2)Also we would like to hire a room for karaoke, could you reccomend anywhere for this? 3) We are looking for a pool party, what would you reccomend? thanks in advance Dave
    • May 7, 2019 at 12:37 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi David, Thanks for writing in... I will try my best with these requests. Honestly I'm kind of new to the stag do game since I put most of my eggs in the main attraction basket long ago and am trying to keep up with the times :) I am in the midst of setting up a collaboration with a great private sailing company (with tapas, drinks etc.) called Barcelona Sailboats. They've got a perfect review record on Trip Advisor and I've had a few readers enjoy their services. Take a look at the link here. For pool parties though they're not my cup of tea I have had friends really enjoy the one at Hotel Melia and also the Puro Beach Pool Sessions. As for karaoke unfortunately I don't have any first hand or even second hand experience with it... I would simply look at Google or Tripadvisor for the highest rated ones. One tip would be to find out if they have a social media presence and contact t hem on there to see if they can accommodate a big group of 22. Other than this... if you haven't already please take a look at my post on stag dos in Barcelona. Please let me know if you have any more questions :) Ash
  • April 13, 2019 at 12:55 am
    Harvey
    Hi Ash! Just wondering about prices of drinks in clubs! What can I expect to pay for a pint of beer in a club and a vodka mixer? Does the price differ on the day of the week for each club...in London they can be £5 for a double vodka on a weekday, but £10 on the weekend. Is it like this in Barcelona? And what big/well-known clubs have cheaper priced drinks? Many many thanks!
    • April 13, 2019 at 1:54 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Harvey, Clubs aren't typically big on drink specials or wide varieties of prices... it's pretty standard across the board. For most of the main clubs here expect to pay €4-6 for a pint of beer and €8-12 for a cocktail. General rule as with everywhere would be the fancier the place the more expensive it is. In general I can tell you that mega clubs like Razzmatazz and Apolo, owing to them being a bit more 'local', have slightly cheaper prices than the big three down by the beach (Opium, Pacha, and Catwalk)... so you may want to go with the first two :) Ash
  • March 1, 2019 at 10:10 pm
    Kirsty Johnstone
    Hi Ash! We have a hen organised for April 19th-22nd, there are 18 of us travelling between the ages of 24 and 55. We are staying at Las Ramblas near Plaça de Catalunya. I am looking for advice and have a few questions if you could help that would be greatly appreciated, 1) Can you recommend a bar we can go to on the Saturday night where we could reserve a table and it has good (maybe live) music? We have dinner booked at Cecconi's. 2)Also we would like to go for tapas and wine tasting, is there anywhere you'd recommend? 3) And, is there any bars we could go to that have good views over Barcelona? We don't want to go to the W as it seems too far to get to with such a big group! Thanks in advance! Kirsty
    • March 2, 2019 at 12:41 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kirsty, For live music I am partial toward El Paraigua or Harlem Jazz Club... they're big enough venues that it's possible you'll have space. That said, I would be in contact with both of these venues on Facebook (the best way imo!) to check on availability and see how they can accomodate you. I have a whole article on the best tapas in Barcelona so I can't really have said it any better than there... that said, tapas restaurants are usually quite small and it may be tough. In this case I'd contact people at El Nacional, Ciudad Condal, or Bodega Joan (all decent sized spaces) to see if they can accomodate you. For bars with views you're unfortunately right on the cusp of terrace season so some may be closed but I suggest checking out my list of the city's best roof terraces. For you guys the closest one would be hotel H1898 on La Rambla and I'm fairly certain it will be open in April. Ash
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