Check out our list of bars in the Center of town and also the Born, Gotico and Raval areas. Ex-pats and tourists alike will find our Pub, Real Ale and English Speaking lists useful. If you're looking to venture further afield and find a more authentic Barna drinking experience, then Gracia is the place to head for. For a brief description of all the "barrios" that we cover there's the list of Areas. Finally, check out the list of bars that we think are cool with our Top-10 selection, and our Clubs list if you're looking for places to boogie the night away! Check the menu at the top of every page and the tag cloud on the right for useful links to find what you need.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 586 : Universitat
Facebook Page : Tel. 68 096 1707
Grizzly 72 is a relatively new sports bar showing the Spanish & UK football, plus NBA, NFL and other sporting events. It has the usual selection of draft beers on tap, but augmented by a pretty good line up of bottled beers from around the world, including some artesan selections at reasonalble prices. It's a vast space (at least by BCN standards), even if oddly shaped, being elongated with a bar near the doors to the street and then the main bar at the far end where the main seating, viewing and pool table are to be found. A great place for large groups of sports loving fans, especially if bars further in town are rammed to capacity for Barça's latest game or Champion's League fixture. However, its large size and slightly-outside-the-center location means that it can feel empty if there's no sporting event to bring in the crowds. In fact, outside of the football season or major sporting events, Grizzly's might qualify as a pub to have a quiet pint away from the maddening crowds of summer.
C/Boria 17 : Jaume I
Some might describe this place as a small dive / hole in the wall bar - or one with a relaxed, underground style. Depending on your expectations, you might find the decor a little weird or refeshingly down to earth, but it certainly has charm. Either way, the clientele are a mixed bunch of mainly tourists and vegan locals, with a smattering of artisan ale lovers and expats (myself included). The Spanish in general and Catalans in particular are starting to appreciate real ales as an alternative to the ubiquitous Estrella, and it was with the promise of refreshing yet tasty beverages that your intrepid reviewer perched himself on one of the CatBar stools and set to sampling some of the beers available on tap. Naturally there's a great selection of real ales, both on draft and in bottles. But CatBar offers more than just decent beer - it is also has a fully vegan kitchen and food menu, all at affordable prices. Certainly, if you are vegitarian then the CatBar is a place you should check out for the food + beer combo that is vegan friendly. Very approachable and helpful staff add to the whole laid back atmosphere, so expect friendly rather than super fast service, particularly if things get busy. Check their Facebook page for updates for what's on tap and general info plus more pic's. Given its location just off Via Laietana, across from the Jaume I metro, it's probably fair to say that the CatBar has the largest range of artisan beers conveniently located in the center of Barcelona.
Escudellers Blancs 3 : Liceu
As the name suggests, Nevermind is a grunge bar that plays 90's music and has a graffiti / skater decor. The bar is unapologetically aimed at the younger, chipito drinking, fun time crowd, but older Gen-X duffers who were actually alive when Nirvana came out of Seattle will enjoy the music too. Everyone can enjoy the prices though - the one litre mojitos are a sight to behold, though the consequences can be messy. Extremely popular with the local rock, punk and grunge crowd, so be prepared to get hot and sweaty if you stay 'till late. They have skate and extreme sports videos showing on the walls, lots of cool graffiti wall art. If you have no tattos or piercings it may not be for you, but the staff and drinkers are friendly, so if you're in the center of town and fancy something altenative, check it out!
Carrer de la Mercé 27 : Drassanes : Jaume I or Barceloneta
This trendy cocktail bar in the Gotico is downtown's answer to Gracia's St Germain, except everything is on a larger scale. You'll find plenty of tourists and ex-pats and usually a jovial crowd to interact with in this "kitch" styled bar that appears to have an affection for barbie dolls in compromising postions! One can sit at the long bar or at the tall tables on stools covered in fake zebra or leopard skins. There are high-heels on the ceilings and photo montages on the walls. It's certainly a creative decor, which you'll either love or hate. Check out their website for karaoke nights, and details of other special events.
Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8 : Jaume I : Liceu
www.harlemjazzclub.es : Tel. 93 310 0755
Located in the Barri Gótic section of Barcelona, Harlem Jazz club is an intimate setting for live music from around the globe, but focusing on blues, jazz, funk, soul & reggae. The venue is pretty small and mostly standing room only, with a tiny floor for dancing. The entree fee (€6 and includes a drink) is worth the price as far as the music goes, but be warned - additional drinks are on the expense side. The club sits down a small street in the heart of the old town and has quite a bohemian feel, with a more mature, discerning but friendly clientele. The live sets normally start around 10pm and go on until midnight or so, with the later hours given over to a variety of Barna's DJs when the tables are cleared and a younger crowd pours in to boogie the night away!
C/ Sitges 5 : Catalunya : Liceu
www.ovellanegra.com : Tel. 93 317 1087
Not to be confused with the "MegaTaverna" at Poble Nou, the L'Ovella Negra (The Black Sheep) is to be found bang in the center of Barcelona, just off the Ramblas. The place is styled as a tavern, with plenty of brickwork, wooden ceiling beams and rustic long tables and benches. The bar attracts a young, boistrous, but friendly crowd due to the availability of pitchers of beer and sangria at affordable prices. This is definitely a good place for groups, but get there early if you want to snag a table. That said, once the place fills up, don't be surprised to find others joining your bench as people seek somewhere to sit. And this is what makes the L'Ovella Negra a great place to meet new friends in Barcelona if you're new in town, so check it out!
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