★★★★★ : €€€
C/ de Sant Pau, 77
Metro Liceu L3
Hours: Mon-Thu:5pm-2.30am, Fri/Sat:3pm-3am, Sun:2pm-2.30am
Facebook : Tel. 934 41 37 25
The Raval may be near universally frowned upon as the dodgiest barrio in Barcelona (although there are some that inexplicably love its scuzzy charm), but there's certainly nothing "chungo" about Ambar. This oasis of style in a desert of trash scores heavily on ambience, music, and perhaps most importantly price! With "local's prices" for a bottle of beer or a glass of wine and for a spirit plus mixer, your wallet will for once be saved a downtown pummelling. When I was there the bulk of the music seemed to be Spanish cover versions of classic songs by the Smiths and the Cure - not that there's anything wrong with that! Ambar attracts quite an international crowd, so ex-pat residents will doubtless bump into old acquaintances and tourists will find plenty of fellow English speakers with which to mingle. Chilled in the afternoon, suitably buzzing at the weekend, this bar is about as good as it gets.

Update 2018 - Terrace seating is available in the bustling square at the bottom of the Rambla de Raval Sant Pau, although outside service can be sketchy at times. Inside, Ambar is a chill place to start your evening, with excellent cocktails (especially gin & tonics) at reasonable prices for that location. Walk up the Rambla de Raval Sant Pau for alternative bars and restaurants. Check their Facebook for lots of pictures and any special drink offers.


Siri said...

Ambar is the most likely place to hear a song that you dont know by heart already in all of BCN. Was my prefered hangout and I do miss it a lot!

Anonymous said...

A low key dark bar in Raval but loved it in their. Chill out bar to pass the time away with all sorts of characters coming and going. Cant wait to go back!

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