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Bristol Blue


C/Torrent de l'Olla, 39-41 : M Fontana / Diagonal L3 : Gracia FGC
**** : €€€€
Gracia's finest, and indeed only, English pub, the Bristol Blue has improved immeasurably in the last 12 months or so and is rarely as empty as it once was. It still draws crowds for football matches but is noticeably less rowdy than many of Barcelona's other English and Irish pubs, making it a great place to come for a cosy chat with friends. While it attracts its fair share of ex-pat punters, there are also plenty of locals to liven up proceedings. Another plus (depending on your musical inclinations) is the defiantly untrendy 90s Britpop they often play. One major drawback is the lack of a food menu – if you're feeling peckish, the most substantial grub you'll get is a bowl of pork scratchings. Another black mark is the frustratingly tiny pool room which really isn't worth bothering with at all, unless your idea of fun involves gouging chunks out of the walls and ceiling with your cue butt. Prices are reasonable and there is always the cut-price and invariably Czech “beer of the week”, perfect for those honest types who need a genuine reason to phone in sick the following day. The Bristol Blue is a chilled and pleasant pub and a charming alternative to downtown's more tourist-oriented boozers.
Paul

7 comments:

DrinkBCN said...

If you like this pub, you might want to check out the Celtic Cross - in many ways a much nicer place to have a pint.

ZeroZero said...

I've never liked this pub! It's not genuine enough to warrant a visit and overpriced. Especially considering that in this part of Gracia there are so many better places to visit.
Perhaps its' good for football fans but not much else. It's small and cramped too, and you can barely play pool due to the tiny room it's located in!

Anonymous said...

I was a bartender at BB in 2001 when it first opened -- and when the manager played "defiantly untrendy 90s Britpop." Can't believe they are still playing the same music... The two records that got the most play were Jamiroqui and U2. Not sure if it's the same owners but the original owner was an eastern European woman (and her dad) and by default her Argentine husband (who was the manager). The place was clean / well-taken care of (while brand spankin new, anyway). From other reviews I've read, sounds like not much has changed - good mix of people, relatively low key, sports focus, not by any means trendy, but definitely a strong crowd of regulars. Glad to see BB is still alive and well - although, the manager ... pretty much a jerk.

DrinkBCN said...

We suspect the Bristol Blue may have closed down - whether for refurbishment or for good we're not sure. They were closed on a recent Champion's League night, which isn't a good sign. We'll update when we find out for sure...

Anonymous said...

I heard soon another ryans irish pub to be there.
1€ san miguel and cocktails for 3€!!! Happy days, we wont have to go downtown for a great atmosphere and cheap prices

Anonymous said...

there's a ryans irish pub there! reeeeally crowded!

drinkBCN said...

Thanks for the tip Anonymous - we'll go check it out. It'll be interesting to see if Ryan's can pull more guiri's up to Gracia =)

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