El Racó de Sants

★★ : €€€€€
Guadiana, 6
Metro Plaça de Sants L1, L5
Tel. +34 93 421 6422
An Irish pub? In Sants?! Yes, fear not, the hitherto Irish pub shaped gap in the Sants boozing market has been well and truly plugged with this dark, expensive, "atmospheric" (whatever the hell that means) drinking hole. Perhaps due to its location on the outskirts of central Barcelona, this pub is not the most authentic Irish pub you will ever come across, although it's certainly a step up from Taladro's which could be described as a bog-standard Spanish bareto with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a "polar bears only" golf club. El Racó de Sants combines all the classic characteristics of the typical Spanish bar (narrow shape, uncomfortable seats, shit service, etc) and adds a few cosmetic "Irish" touches such as dark oaky wood furniture, celtic music and lots and lots of ships (some of them in bottles, which to me is a bonus). I shouldn't be too harsh on this place as the last time I was there I accidentally smashed my beer bottle and the waitress very kindly cleaned up the resultant carnage without so much as a disparaging look in my direction. Believe it or not, I'd been on the zero zeros all night, so it just goes to show you gotta be careful with those non-alcoholic beverages. The moral of the story: drink more alcohol!

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