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.

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CocoVail Beer Hall

★★★★ : €€€€
Carrer d'Aragó, 284
Metro Passeig de Gràcia L2, L3, L4 : Girona L4
Mon-Fri:7pm-3am, Sat/Sun:Noon-3am
cocovailbeerhall.com : Tel. 937 82 24 79
A Beer Hall that claims to represent the “beach culture” of Southern California - slightly odd location to the north of Placa Urquinaona therefore, but this new bar certainly has the feel of a modern, chic space with a hipsters' atmosphere. There's an impressive selection of all styles of beer, and the staff are happy to educate you on the ales offered. Tasters are available, so you can try before you buy if you want to tickle your taste buds with something new. There's the ubiquitous TV for sports events, including NFL and other American sports, as well as the standard Euro/UK proper football matches. But this isn't a sports bar, so the vibe is very much more sociable - an atmos enhanced by the large table benches that encourage mixing with others. It's very much aimed at the hipster tourist market, so expect superior service and superior prices (compared to local standards that is). But if you like your ales and you want a change from the "Irish ex-pat pub" experience then CocoVail is done really well.

The Philharmonic

★★★ : €€€€€
C/ Mallorca, 204
Metro Diagonal L3, L5 : Provença FGC
English style pub near the heart of the Eixample. If real pints, traditional English food and watching athletic, hairy men run around kicking a ball on TV screens are your bag then you'll feel completely at home here! This is a wonderful place for anyone who deems to call themself a 'geeza' to pursue their favourite English past-times from the comfort of a traditionally uncomfortable barstool. If sport is you thing then the plethora of TVs will doubtlessly satisfy your alpha-male desires. I however, come here for the food which ranges from steak pies to fry ups and curries, offering a little taste of Britain far from our grey and watery shores! If local culture is not 'your cup of tea', and you want to avoid the hen-parties and stag-do's in the center of town, then this is definitely the locale for a pint.

2017 Update: Whilst this pub does do your typical footy sports events on their projector TV in the back room, they also host live music events (mostly jazz, blues & folk) and other social events like Intercambio Monday and Pub Quiz Thursday. The food is typical pub food - some may find it too stodgy, although the English Breakfast is done well. The table and bar service can also be a bit tardy at times, especially during busy periods.

Torre Rosa

★★★★ : €€€€
Carrer de Francesc Tàrrega, 22
Metro Congres L5 : Maragall L4, L5
Mon-Fri:7pm-3am, Sat/Sun:Noon-3am
www.torrerosa.com : Tel. 933 402 675
"The Pink Tower" is a unique cocktail bar and garden off the beaten track. Despite being out in Maragall, it is within walking distance of 2D2Dspuma, and therefore can make for a real ale + quality cocktails combo. There are a few restaurants near Congres if you need a food break between your tipples. Whilst inside is perfectly nice, the outside terrace garden is the reason to visit during the long summer evenings, particularly if you're looking for a cooler, quieter, more romantic setting away from the bustle of the center of town.


★★★★ : €€€
C/ Manigua 8
Metro Maragall L4, L5 : Congres L5
Mon-Thu: 6pm-11:30pm, Fri/Sat: 6pm-2am, Closed Sunday.
www.2d2dspuma.com : Tel. 65 424 1581
Loosely translated as "Two fingers of foam", this real ale bar offers an extensive selection of bottled beer from its descriptive menu, plus local ales on tap. The bar itself is fairly petite, but since it's away from the center of town, seating is rarely an issue. In addition they have several tables outside in the classic street seating style. Next door to the bar is the shop, which sells a full selection of bottled ales from all around the world, so you can also stock up your cooler with proper beer at affordable prices. Check out their Facebook page for the latest beers and events.

BlackLab Brewhouse

★★★★ : €€€€
Plaça Pau Vila, 1
Metro Barceloneta L4
Check website for opening hours.
www.blacklab.es : Tel. +34 93 457 06 40
Another welcome addition to the craft brew frenzy sweeping Barcelona is this pub & restaurant founded recently right next to the Museu d'Història de Catalunya down by Barceloneta, close to the Fastnet Bar. This brewhouse has a cool and spacious interior plus a large outside terrace that is often shaded from the midday sun. The kitchen serves up Asian-American fusion fare, with weekend brunch available if you need to kickstart your day after a heavy night before. Football and sports are shown on a large projector, and there's live music on Saturday nights. Check their website and Facebook for their menu, beers and events. If you like good ale with your food, or want to kick back and 'people watch' downtown, then BlackLab is worth checking out.

Rosses i Torrades

★★★★ : €€€
C/ Consell de Cent, 192
Metro Urgell L1
Mon: 5pm - 8.30pm, Tue-Sat: 11am - 2pm & 5pm - 10pm
www.rossesitorrades.com : Tel. 663 628 000
First off, this isn't really a bar - although you can sit down and enjoy a quality ale here. Rosses i Torrades is in fact one of the best real ale cellars anywhere near the center of Barcelona. There is a huge selection of local Catalan microbrews, plus an extensive collection of all types of ales, largers, porters, stouts, etc. from all over the world. The owners offer a personal service and will gladly educate you on beer making and suggest types of beer that you will probably enjoy. Again, this is a shop more than a bar - so note the opening times and check out the website for more info. However, if you're looking to fill up your cooler with quality ales at reasonable prices, Rosses i Torrades is worth the trip.

Cerveceria La Mes Petita

★★★★ : €€€€
C/ Diputacio, 30
Metro Rocafort L1
Website : Tel. 628 11 67 84
This recently opened craft beer bar is most certainly 'petita' - compact and bijou would be how one might generously describe it. However, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality and selection of craft beers. The brewer and landlord constantly presents new beers on their eight taps, in addition to the multitude of bottled craft ales. If you are in the Placa Espanya area, go shoot pool around the corner at Retruc and then pop into La Mes Petita to quench your thirst with a great selection of proper ales!

Ohla Terraza Rooftop Bar

★★★★★ : €€€€€
Vi­a Laietana, 49
Metro Urquinaona L1, L4
Ohla Hotel : Tel. 933 415 050
The Ohla Terraza is a perfect place to relax, enjoy a drink and take in a bird's eye view of the beautiful city of Barcelona. Upon arriving at the Ohla Hotel property, one must take the elevator to the 8th floor rooftop lounge, where the chill out bar is located. There you'll find a bar that offers a variety of cocktails, beers and wines along with a stunning sight of the city. The music has a nice chill house feel, The space is occupied by lounging beds and at a lower level are stools and high tables right next to the pool. It's a special space: relaxing, chic, hip, yet non-pretentious atmosphere.