George Payne


★★★★ : €€€€
Plaza Urquinaona, 5
Metro Urquinaona L1, L4 : Plaza Catalunya L3 : Passeig de Gracia L2
Hours: Mon-Wed:6pm-2am, Thu/Sun:6pm-2.30am, Fri/Sat:6pm-3am
www.thegeorgepayne.com : Tel. 93 481 5294
This enormous pub in Plaza Urquinaona has something for everyone. The George Payne is divided into four rooms: a stylish cocktail lounge, a spacious main bar with DJ, an upstairs bar with gentlemen's club style leather chairs overlooking the main bar and the George Payne Irish pub section. The atmosphere is remarkably friendly and relaxed for a commercial bar of its size and the general vibe is definitely classier than the average downtown Irish pub. The copious drinks selection encompasses the usual favourites like Estrella, Guinness and cider, as well alcopops and an impressively long cocktail list. The restaurant is good quality and the prices reflect this (check their website for full menu for both drinks and food). This boozer is not so classy that it neglects to cater for sports fans, however, and all Spanish league and Champions league matches are shown as well as the best of other major sports. The George Payne is also slightly unusual in that it hosts private functions such as weddings, private parties, and stag and hen nights. You can hire out one of the four rooms or, if you've got the dosh, the entire place. The bar has only recently opened and consequently the atmosphere and clientele is a bit variable, although no doubt in time the pub will find its own vibe. At the moment, it's a fine place to start your weekend.
Paul

Update 2017: It seems as though the George Payne has firmly settled into the tourist market - not surprising given its central location. The consensus is that the restaurant's main dishes are generally worthy, but that the bar food (nachos, buffalo wings, etc.) can be disappointing, especially during busy times around major sporting events. However, if you want a modern pub atmosphere, and you're in a group looking for somewhere that'll likely be lively late on, the GP is a good bet.

6 comments:

Paul said...

I really like this pub. The staff are very friendly indeed and the food is great. I particularly like the Irish themed menu with inventively named dishes such as "Bob Geldof's Nachos", "Larry Mullen's Chicken Curry", and, best of all, "Chris De Burgher". They've also just starting to host a Texas Hold'Em Poker night. The first one is on Tuesday 24th July and costs 20 euros to enter.

rob said...

I did not enjoy this bar at all, my girlfriend had her purse stolen from our table and all the staff said was ·oh it happens in here all the time·!

Anonymous said...

My name is bart and i enjoyed this pub

andreas said...

i didnt like this bar at all, there was a big fight in there and the bar staff didnt seem to care

Anonymous said...

I wonder if paul works at the george payne!!!
This bar was awful ive just been to their poker night, everyone didnt start with eqaul amounts of chips, there was no waitresses and you couldnt smoke - and for a pub in barcelona that is rare

Anonymous said...

The George Payne Bar is terrible. The doorman are thugs and the landlord / manager didn't care when one of them punched a girl I knew gor being irrate about not being let in again as she needed a piss. The beer (outside their happy hour) is well over priced and the food all preprocessed. it boasts the best burgers in town. Being a burger fan I found this bar to be quite low indeed. Never to return. Theres a tapas bar on the corner which has cheaper and better beer and food. Go there...

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