★★★★ : €€€
Ronda de la Universitat, 8
Metro Universitat L1, L2 : Catalunya L1 : Passeig de Gracia L2, L3, L4
Hours: Mon–Thu: 5pm - 2:30am, Fri–Sat: 1pm - 3am, Sun: 1pm - 2:30am & Facebook : Tel. 93 601 1908
Your intrepid drinkBarcelona reviewer recently found himself sheltering in Scobies from a torrential downpour. Any port in a storm, as they say, but what a port Scobies is! A better place to sit out thunder and lightning must be hard to find in the center of town. Scobies is a simple, open and spacious pub with plenty of seating, both around the bar itself and further back where there's room for larger groups. A couple of big TVs are placed strategically to cater for the sport loving customer. Music is classic rock & pop that's set at an entertaining level that encourages conversation. Overall the ambiance hits a good balance and works for both couples and larger groups who want to socialise rather than be entertained by TVs and loud music. That said, Scobies isn't a quiet pub (unless, like me, you dive in there at 7pm to avoid the rain) and it gets busy come 10pm on the weekend - the extra crowds of people being a good mix of locals, ex-pats and tourists from around Europe. Scobies is Irish owned and run, with very friendly and conversational staff - it's a proper pub, through and through. Scobies is perfectly placed, being close to three metros and Pla├ža Catalunya. However, you won't need to take out a second mortgage on your house in order to drink a few pints of Guinness (or whatever your tipple happens to be). At just over €5 for a pint of the black stuff, Scobies offers excellent value in these harder times. And it's a good pint of proper Irish Guinness - possibly the best in Barcelona. If you're in the center of town and you fancy a decent pint in a good pub then put a visit to Scobies on your list - highly recommended!


DrinkBCN said...

PS: The frontage of Scobies makes me wonder if it used to be an Indian restaurant! At least it makes it easy to spot ;-)

Anonymous said...

Normally I dont like english bars in BCN but I have to say I quite like this one!


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