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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Bar Canigó


★★★ :
Plaça Revolució
Metro Joanic L4, Fontana L3
Hours: Mon-Thu:10am-2am, Fri:10am-3am, Sat:8pm-3am, Sun:Closed
Website : Facebook : Tel. 932 13 30 49
If you've had your fill of touristy Irish pubs and trendy cocktail bars and you fancy sampling an authentic Catalan drinking den, you won't do much better than Bar Canigó. Stark lighting, hard chairs, no central heating in winter or air conditioning in summer - this bar is the real deal. However, these minor flaws are more than compensated for by Canigó's two great strengths: its location and its astonishing cheapness. Situated at the top of Plaça Revolució and the bottom of calle Verdi, equidistant from the Fontana and Joanic metro stops and slap-bang in the centre of Gracia, this is the ideal place to meet friends and kick start your night out, especially since it's one of the most well known bars in the neighbourhood. As if this wasn't good enough, the price list redefines the term "economy". Bottled beers and spirits are very affordable, making it perfect for those getting sloshed on a budget. Despite a lack of music, décor or anything particularly distinctive, Canigó is very popular and much more enjoyable than it may appear from the outside. For those eager to venture off the beaten tourist track, this is an excellent place to start.
Paul

Update 2018 - Sample the wholesome tapas and craft beer on rickety old marble-top tables, as people have done here since 1922. The place maintains an authentic Catalan gruffness even though, or perhaps possibly because it is so popular, especially at weekends.

Café Salambo


★★★★ : €€
C/ Torrijos, 51
Metro Joanic L4
Hours: Mon-Thu:Noon-1am, Fri/Sat:Noon-3am, Sun:Noon-Midnight
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 218 6966
This is a great place in that it's really a restaurant in the day (a pretty good one actually) and a bar at night. The interior is interesting in a rustic style, although the benches give it a slightly pubbish feel. This combination makes it a good place to hang out and drink in the only way us Brits know how! What's unusual about this place is the age range, which varies from teens to middle aged - this lends the place a good all round family/local feel. Expect to find post-cinema goers, and dipsomaniacs young and old in this interesting and special kind of bar.
ZeroZero

Update 2018 - Check their website or facebook page for latest menus and photo's. There is some limited outdoor street seating for those warm summer nights, and a couple of pool tables upstairs for the cooler times. Although we didn't try the food ourselves, the restaurant gets consistently good scores and reviews. After your visit, try the nearby Plaça de la Virreina to enjoy the local Gracia atmosphere.

La Fianna


★★★★ : €€€€
Manresa, 4
Metro Jaume I L4
Hours: Sun-Wed: 6pm-1:30am, Thu-Sat: 6pm-2:30am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 315 1810
Yet another restaurant / bar combo, but with a difference! If you're looking for a typical English pub you'd do best to avoid this. If however you're seeking a watering hole with a difference, this might just tickle your fancy. Packed to the rafters with punters, poufs and sporting old wooden ceilings, this place is a bit of a diamond. A mix of old, hippy/new age cushions, loud, and excitable locals makes this a place well worth wandering the lesser known back streets of the Born for. Drinks are nothing unusual, although when I was there the music certainly was! Unusual because of the infamous BCN mixture of different musical styles fused together with very little narrative. To be fair, most of the sonic vibes were club, dance and deep beat, although the crowd there certainly wasn't.  A difficult bar to put into words so I won't try - just check it out, you might be pleasantly surprised!
ZeroZero

Update 2017 - From the website: This seductive, funky retreat puts the beat in the heart of the Born and serves a truly international cuisine ... whilst a selection of chill out beds and velvety sofas provide the perfect ambience to wile away the evening with friends and lovers.

Châtelet


★★★★ : €€€
C/Torrijos, 54
Metro Fontana L3 : Joanic L4
Facebook : Tel. 93 284 9590
A close cousin of nearby St Germain, Châtelet boasts the same winning combination of qualities that have made the former such a hit: eclectic furniture, soft lighting, vibrant décor and a film projector filling the wall with arty and often bizarre slide-shows. Perfectly positioned near the Verdi Park cinema, it's the ideal place for a post, or indeed pre, movie-going tipple. The atmosphere is always bubbly, but not deafening and the bar is usually busy without being maddeningly packed to the proverbial rafters. Cocktails and bottled beers are not the cheapest prices in the area but a real bargain considering the frankly superb ambience. It's not a bar for hardcore drinkers and you won't see anyone stumbling around in a steaming stupor causing mischief. The clientèle tends to be young, bohemian and chatty and the bar staff seems to be predominantly foreign. Featuring possibly the highest concentration of comfy chairs and sofas anywhere in Gracia, Châtelet is an exceedingly cosy venue for a few hours of putting the world to rights over several coffees or caipirinhas.
Paul

Update 2017 - Still a very popular bohemian bar with the young, arty crowd. Popularity comes with a cost though, as sometimes the service can be rather slow.

El Bodegón


★★★ : €€
C/ Torrent de l'Olla, 38 : Metro Verdaguer L4, L5
Hours: Mon-Sun: Noon-1am
Website : Facebook : Tel. 93 348 2854
A proper Catalan / Spanish tapas bar and bodega with an almost european beer hall vibe. A great place for large groups looking to combine food and drinks in an authentic environment. That authenticity extends to the service, which while generally speedy enough can sometimes feel a little brusque. That aside, the place oozes character, from the pictures and neon on the walls to the ceiling that is filled with the traditional hanging hams of yesteryear that used to be so common, but are now hard to find. The restaurant has a great selection of tapas and more significant dishes if you're looking for a main meal. Prices and quality are excellent. All self-respecting Catalan bodegas show the Barca football, and El Bodegón has a pull down projector for this; but this isn't a sports bar and the atmosphere is more family oriented and relaxed. El Bodegón is the quintessential example of the "off the beaten track" place that locals frequent that hasn't attempted to just cash in on the tourist trade. If you're heading up to Gracia from the south, then El Bodegón makes a good pitstop between El Cine and Raim Bar.
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Noise i Art


★★★★ : €€€
C/Topazi, 26
Metro Joanic L4
Mon: Closed, Tue-Thu:6pm-2:30am, Fri:7:30pm-3am, Sat:8pm-3am, Sun:6pm-1:30am
If checking out some Spanish Flamenco music is on your wish list then this is probably not a bad little place to hang out in. Known locally as the 'Ikea' bar due to its colourful, kitsch interior, comfy seats and technicolour lighting, this place is a diamond in the rough to the north of the usual Gracia bars. Offering cool tunes during the week or live flamenco, this is a place to set your ears on fire. This is a bar for those seeking a little adventure and the chance to imbibe some local spirit or spirits as the mood takes you. For those with an appetite, there's also a good eclectic range of latin food (Argentinian-Mediterranean fusion) and like many bars in this neighbourhood, you'll be impressed by the antithesis of the English pub ambience. The type of bar you won't forget or find back on our island of pints and ploughman's!
ZeroZero

Update 2017 - Noise i Art feels a little out of the way, but it's worth walking up that extra couple of blocks if you want to experience something a little different. It's best to wait until later in the evening, as the bar fills up with over-spill after 10pm, otherwise it can sometimes feel rather empty.

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.
ZeroZero

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.