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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.

El Otro

★★★★ : €€€
Travessera de Gracia, 167
Metro Fontana L3
Sun:10:30am-1:30am, Mon-Fri:8:30am-2:30am, Sat:9:30am-3am
Facebook : Tel. 933 68 46 97
Yet another fairly chilled bar in the centre of Gracia. Though this of course depends on the day. This is a newish place (after refurbishment) that offers the usual range of local beers and of course, like many bars in this area a token, yet not particularly functional pool table. Its merits however are its ambience, cool music and a couple of TVs for Barça fans. Other than this, it's all pretty high standard and a good place to grab a table to chat with friends or perch on the bar and relax to some laid back tunes. The staff are friendly and you're unlikely to get into much trouble in this slice of cool, but not overly trendy establishment.

Update 2017 - El Otro feels like a genuine local's bar and the prefect starting place for the more adventurous tourist that wants to see more of Barna life outside of the center of town. A bit rough around the edges (the pool table is in a shocking state), but in a good way where it makes you feel comfortable. Check out their funky table tops! Free popcorn or olives are occasionally brought out if the staff aren't overrun by clientèle. It's a solid choice to kick off a bar crawl or adventures in the Gracia barrio. Oh, and possibly the coolest Facebook page banner picture.


★★★★★ : €€€€
Passeig del Born 15
Metro Jaume I L4
Hours: Sun-Thu:10pm-2.30am, Fri/Sat:10pm-3am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 310 3727
A perfect balanced ambiance makes this bar on Passeig del Born a great place to spend your evening. El Born is one of the best bar areas in the city and this is one of the best bars there. It's easy to miss this establishment because it's difficult to see from the street, but once you step through the small wooden doors you'll quickly realize this is a great place to grab some drinks. The bar is well designed with warm lighting, comfortable wicker chairs, and soft music that leaves space for anyone to enjoy a conversation. It's a big place, but arrive before midnight if you want a seat because this it's very popular amongst the 30-something, professional and tourist crowds. When the bar area is rammed, check the cool mezzanine level for a great vantage point from which to watch the nightlife.

Update 2017 : Full of class and character, Miramelindo is still going strong with its trademark smooth jazz and mellow mood during the week and lively weekends.

The Fastnet

★★★★ : €€€€
Passeig Joan de Borbó, 22
Metro Barceloneta L4
Facebook : Tel. 93 295 3005
The Fastnet is an atypical Irish pub in Barcelona, inasmuch as it is probably the only one near the Barceloneta beaches. Its décor is maritime based and the name derives from the famous lighthouse that marks the southernmost point of Ireland. Out of the dozens of Irish pubs and bars in the city, this is the only one that seems to have realised that it is situated in Mediterranean climes and not wet and windy Dublin, and as such is open, light and airy as opposed to the standard dark and smokey atmosphere preferred by most other establishments. It has the usual varied selection of local and imported beers that you would expect from any decent pub. The Fastnet's major plus is its reasonable sized terrace that overlooks Port Vell and the main street from Barceloneta to the beaches - which makes it a great place to go if you like to sip a pint of Guinness and watch the tourists go by. Like all pubs, it has a big-screen TV and is always filled with Brits whenever there are football matches on. The Fastnet also has a good reputation for offering a fine full English breakfast and other hearty pub dishes. All in all, it's the perfect place to have a cold pint after a hard day's sunbathing on the beaches.

The Pharaoh

★★★★ : €€
Av. de Gaudí, 48
Metro Sagrada Familia L2, L5
Hours: Sun-Thu:11am-1am, Fri/Sat:11am-2am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 446 0211
The Pharaoh is a unique, if strange combination of an Egyptian & Irish pub. Not two things that you would intuitively put together, but the inside is something to behold, being themed in relation to Egypt and the discovery of the hidden treasures of the Pharaohs. Outside is a terrace area on the Av. de Gaudí with full table service, although there is generally only one staff, but they are quite attentive. Pharaoh's seem to be offering fairly decent restaurant food at excellent prices given that you are within a stone's throw of the SagFam. This pub is an interesting alternative to the typical irish pub style and worth a visit if you're in the SagFam area.

Samba Brasil

★★★ : €€€
Carrer de Lepant, 297
Metro Sagrada Familia L2, L5
Hours: Sun-Thu:6.30pm-2.30am, Fri/Sat:6.30pm-3am
Facebook : Tel. 93 456 1798
Samba Brasil offers a little part of Brazil in Barcelona. At first the décor seems quite utilitarian, especially with the lino floor and rather functional formica topped stools, tables and chairs. But it's the atmosphere of the patrons that really makes the feel of this place when it gets lively, especially at weekends. Your intrepid reviewer first visited Samba Brasil to watch that fateful World Cup semi-final football match against Germany in 2014. Tears were shed before halftime that day, but the indomitable spirit and cheerful laughter of the Brazilians shone through even as the 7-1 thrashing was inevitable, with a tongue-in-cheek chant of "¡Ocho no! ¡Ocho no!" As an Englishman I could sympathise even then, not knowing that my own county's football denudement would come but two years later at the hands of the mighty Iceland, with their 'thunderclap', in Euro 2016. As you might guess, Samba Brasil specialises in mojitos and fruity caipirinhas of all flavours, plus a large selection of gin based cocktails. It's a small, cozy bar, so best for couples or small groups that want to experience a taste of Brazil near the Sagrada Familia.

Chill Bar

★★★★ : €€
C/ Provenca, 424
Metro Sagrada Familia L2, L5 : Verdaguer L4, L5
Hours: Sun-Thu:10am-1am, Fri/Sat:10am-3am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 934 76 22 70
The Chill Bar near Sagrada Familia is a small and friendly bar with three alcoves inside and a small street area / terrace outside. It serves great food: burgers, nachos, etc. cooked fresh at value prices. For a bar that is so close to a main tourist area, the Chill Bar's prices are excellent and the service is good. Recommended alternative to the bars & restaurants on the Ave de Gaudi.

Update 2017 : This place is still a lovely smaller bar & restaurant that represents friendly personal service and value for money. Check out their website for the food menu and access to more reviews.


★★★ : €€
Carrer de Provença, 505
Metro Sagrada Familia L2, L5 : Encants L2
Hours: Mon-Sun:6.30pm-2.30am
Facebook : Tel. 93 531 2136
This Czech bar is super small, but makes up for that with a really large, welcoming, friendly and relaxed atmosphere and peeps. There's literally only space for four small tables and about the same number of bar stools. It's like someone converted their spare front room into a bar and opened it out for the public. Naturally, the beer selection is Czech with some really tasty dark ales and refreshing brews for all times of the year. Traditional homemade Czech food is also available (check their Facebook page for pictures). All of this at really great prices given the high quality, and because of its size, service is excellent. A good pick for somewhere different or for couples looking for somewhere cozy and intimate.