The Shamrock

★★★ : €€€
C/ Tallers 72
Metro Universitat L1, L2 : Catalunya L1, L3
Hours: Mon/Thu/Sun: Noon-2:30am, Tue/Wed: 6pm-2:30am, Fri/Sat: Noon-3am & Facebook : Tel. 93 412 4636
There are many Irish pubs in Barcelona, but like all popular holiday destinations, the best places are usually to be found tucked away and slightly hidden from the casual tourist's view - and so it is with The Shamrock. Less plastic than some pubs these days, this place will suit you if you like your drinking establishments to be down to earth - i.e. in the business of selling decent drinks in a conducive atmosphere, rather than attempting to be an entertainment center. Now, that said, no pub would be complete without the ability to show all the usual sporting fare - and the Shamrock excels in this regard with a large projection TV for footy, rugby, Gaelic & American football. Darts and pool are available for those who want to participate as well as spectate. There's good pub food available too, with English & Irish breakfasts, burgers, steak & kidney pies, sandwiches, etc. The Shamrock is a small and friendly place that's popular, but not overly so - you can normally find a place to relax with your friends - but be certain to double check the byzantine opening times. In short, worth checking out and could become a favourite if it's your kind of place.

Update 2017: The Shamrock is now celebrating 20 years and is now the 4th oldest Irish pub in Barcelona. Check their Facebook page for details on events and promotions. It's also worth mentioning that they have plenty of outside seating in the Placa de Castella, so you can enjoy the Barcelona sun and streetlife while you sup your drinks.

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