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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Tinta Roja


★★★★ : €€€€
C/Creu dels Molers,17
Metro Poble Sec L3
Hours: Sun-Tue: Closed, Wed: 8pm-Midnight, Thu: 8.30pm-2am, Fri/Sat: 8.30pm-3am
Facebook : Website : Tel. 93 443 3243
Following the arty vibes of Poble Sec, this fab and funky bar assaults the senses with a spectrum of colours and a sprinkling of all that is Latin American. One of the hugest bars I know - not just in Poble Sec but in all of our fine city, this is a bar for those who appreciate everything from secluded nooks & crannies, romanticising a betrothed, to guys like me who like space to stretch my weary legs. With the initial bar area meandering into a second back room for plays, salsa dances and private parties, this bar offers large doses of potentially dangerous quantities of fun! Cocktails are also a speciality here and although some might call the décor a little gaudy, others might say its bright and cheerful - kind of like a rainbow that got shredded in the washing machine. A highly recommended experience.
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - La Tinta Roja is a bar that's also a theatre and a tango club and event space. They have theatre nights, workshops, dancing and other activities, as well as being a cool bar to chill out. Check Tinta Roja's website for opening hours as they can change for summertime, and for a list of upcoming events.

El Cafe Rock n Roll


★★★ : €€€
C/Torrent de L'Olla 48
Metro Diagonal L3 : Fontana L3
Hours: Mon-Wed: 6pm-2am, Thu-Sat: 6pm-2.30am
Facebook : Tel. 93 457 6097
This is a surprisingly nice, funky bar amidst the plethora of bars in this happening street in Gracia. Surprising in the sense that there's something for everyone and although not comparable to the hipper local cocktail bars such as La Fourmi et al, it does hit the spot just right. Prices are cheap, including the usual range of cocktails, the food menu is nice and eclectic and the music and ambience better than you'd think when peeping in from the street! Expect this abode to get busy around midnight as couples, groups and bar stool dwellers start to drift in, in search of a little hedonism to spice up their (one presumes), otherwise typical daily grind fest.
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - Check El Cafe's facebook page for details of weekend live music gigs.

Sincopa


★★★★ : €€€
C/ Avinyo, 35
Metro Liceu L3
Hours: Sun-Thu: 6pm-2:30am, Fri/Sat: 6pm-3am
Facebook
This bar was opened by the local well known musician, Manu Chao. This quite possible explains two things about this abode. One, it is eclectic - it has musical instruments on the walls and ceilings (which are usable with permission from the bar staff) and two, it's very down-to-earth bohemian! Assaulting you with a lively and loud ambience, this is a great place to go and liven up your night if you're wandering around the shady streets of the Goticó. Despite the obvious presence of drug dealers, prostitutes and other 'entrepreneurs of the night' this area oozes with character and is in fact not as dangerous as it seems. Although I can't give any overwhelming reason to visit this bar, if you are in the city centre and fancy somewhere with a little more 'joie de vivre', you could do worse than dropping in here. If you do pop in for a drink or three and it's 'not your cup of tea', at least you can say you've been to Manu Chao's drinking den (and you might just get a chance to see him)!
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - Still going strong, this reggae bohemian bar is a good choice if you're deep in the Goticó barrio.

La Informal (Raval 32)


★★★★ : €€€
Rambla de Raval 32-34
Metro Drassanes L3 : Paral.lel L3
Hours: Mon - Sun : Noon - 1am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 932 50 93 25
The Raval area in general is, little by little, being polished up (i.e. gentrified) so if you fancy a journey into one of the older and seedier parts of the city you could do a lot worse than to visit the main 'Rambla de Raval' where this bar is located. If a lively atmosphere, kicking tunes and comfy sofas are your bag, this place will sit comfortably in your bar visiting itinerary. Although you might be a little overwhelmed by the 'sardine can' dimensions of this locale - once you manage to fight your way to the bar and grab a handful of drinks, it's fairly comfortable as long as you can jostle your way to a table. For this reason, try and get here before the main rush after midnight and most likely it's a bar to idle away your evening in. However having said that there are also many other bars in this rather bohemian local 'high' street so either way you can pass your night in to semi-oblivion in Raval 32 or for those with a sense of adventure, include it on your back street, maze like drinking crawl. Recommended for those who wanna get off the cheesy tourist track!
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - Raval 32 has now been converted to a "hamburguesería", but of the artisan kind, not the fast-food type. Beer and gourmet burgers are always an excellent mix when you're looking for something a little more substantial than tapas. It has largely kept it's original kitsch, almost rustic chilled décor, and since you can still get a beer here we've decided to keep it in drinkBarcelona.

El Chiringuito


★★★ : €€€€
Barceloneta Playa
Metro Barceloneta L4
Just when you thought Barcelona couldn't get any better, you find yourself in one of the many beach bars (chiringuitos) that spread themselves thinly but firmly along the beach, starting at Barceloneta. This particular one is one of my favourites in the area, but having said that they all pretty much offer the same thing - drinks, beach views and slow service. Prices can vary from average to a little overpriced so although this is a good place for a couple of beers in ths sun, you won't necessarily find yourself implanted for the whole night. Depending on the time of day you might be treated to some upbeat, funky/dance tunes, but really this bar (and the others too) are places to unwind in the sun. Views of the beach and sea are wonderfully relaxing and will wash away all of the stresses of a hard day's snaking yourself around the city's hectic streets. There's not much else I can really say about this, except despite my comments about prices and slow service, it's all well worth it if you want to let your worries and stresses blow away into the wind!
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - Well of course "Los chiringuitos" are still here along the Barcelona beach fronts. And the slow service is still in place. But, hey, you're at the beach so chill out!

Tripode


★★★ : €€€€
C/Canvis Nous, 6
Metro Jaume I / Barceloneta L4
Hours: Mon-Sun: 9.30pm - 2.30am
Facebook : Tel. 93 268 1047
An impressive looking bar, slightly off the beaten track in this bohemian part of town. Specialising in cocktails (I could have sworn the barman was a wannabe alchemist!), very cool music and interesting camera related décor, this is a bar for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the main, funky high street. Perch yourself on a stool or sink into the comfy, cushion adorned chairs and you'll find all of your troubles dissipate into the night (or at least until the morning!) However, like all good things in life, there is a price to pay for all this self-indulgent luxury and that's through your trusty wallet! Prices are not cheap here - which knocked down my otherwise unbounded enthusiasm for this place and thus although 'technically' this is a four star bar - I can't justify giving it a rating of four as there are plenty of bars as 'cool' as this who support more regular prices. Nice bar, great for tourists and the nouveau riche (or those on a date) but not one that suits my humble kitty!
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - There is also a second Tripode bar in the El Born barrio at Passeig del Born, 17. Both bars specialise in cocktails at the higher end of the typical price range.

Margarita Blue


★★★★ : €€€
C/Josep Anselm Clave 6
Metro Drassanes L3
Hours: Sun-Thu: 6pm - 2am, Fri/Sat: 6pm - 3am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 412 5489
The Margarita Blue is a colourful restaurant and bar with plenty of bohemian character. It attracts a mixed bunch, but especially the young and trendy, both locals and foreigners in large numbers for cocktails and Mexican food at pretty reasonable prices. Located close to El Bosc de les Fades, it's a great place to stop in for an early evening drink and that's probably the best time to come and relax. Later in the night you will find it becomes pretty crowded with tourists dressed up and ready to drink, so get there early if you want to find a free table. The design is cozy, but hip, and all the mirrors behind the bar give you the illusion that this place is larger than it really is. The atmosphere is informal, yet stylish and the staff are friendly and tolerant. All the usual beverages are available, but their speciality is cocktails - naturally, their namesake cocktail - The Margarita Blue - is a must.
Karma

Update 2018 - Check their website for cocktail and food menus, plus lists of live music and shows.