Ryans Irish Pub

★★★ : €€
C/ Paradi­s, 4
Metro Jaume I L4
www.ryanspubs.com : Tel. +34 93 566 8055
Ryans Paradis is located very close to Plaza Sant Jaume, in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The pub has three floors, all decked out in wood with oak barrel tables and plenty of Irish memorabilia on the walls. There's a pool table upstairs and a large converted cellar downstairs that features live music on certain nights and other events, like stand-up comedy. For the sports fans amongst you, there are six large screens throughout the pub that show all the major sports events. Generally speaking, the upstairs tends to be quieter, with the street level bar being typical of most city center pubs, and downstairs is where the fun and rowdiness happens - especially on the weekends. The staff all speak English and even when it's crowded (which it often is) they do well and service is good. Classic pub grub is available at good prices - check their website. Ryans is frequented by some ex-pats and a few locals, but basically it's lots of tourists and is a favourite with the English (whereas the Yanks tend towards Dunnes nearby). Put that together with cheap drinks during happy hours and you get a lively pub. That may or may not appeal to you: if you're after somewhere a little more tranquilo to take that new intercambio, you might be better advised to try El Nus, but if you're on holiday with the lads and looking for a pub with some of the best beer prices in town and plenty of action, Ryans is a perfect choice.

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