★★★★ : €€
C/Boria 17
Metro Jaume I L4
Some might describe this place as a small dive / hole in the wall bar - or one with a relaxed, underground style. Depending on your expectations, you might find the decor a little weird or refeshingly down to earth, but it certainly has charm. Either way, the clientele are a mixed bunch of mainly tourists and vegan locals, with a smattering of artisan ale lovers and expats (myself included). The Spanish in general and Catalans in particular are starting to appreciate real ales as an alternative to the ubiquitous Estrella, and it was with the promise of refreshing yet tasty beverages that your intrepid reviewer perched himself on one of the CatBar stools and set to sampling some of the beers available on tap. Naturally there's a great selection of real ales, both on draft and in bottles. But CatBar offers more than just decent beer - it is also has a fully vegan kitchen and food menu, all at affordable prices. Certainly, if you are vegitarian then the CatBar is a place you should check out for the food + beer combo that is vegan friendly. Very approachable and helpful staff add to the whole laid back atmosphere, so expect friendly rather than super fast service, particularly if things get busy. Check their Facebook page for updates for what's on tap and general info plus more pic's. Given its location just off Via Laietana, across from the Jaume I metro, it's probably fair to say that the CatBar has the largest range of artisan beers conveniently located in the center of Barcelona.

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