Barcelona is divided into 10 districts and due to the multiculturalism and the long history of the city, each of them has a different flair and atmosphere. The areas vary from small streets and bars in El Raval and Barrio Gothico to wide streets with lots of restaurants in Eixample that looks a bit alike New York with its square city blocks.
As well as the areas vary, so do the bars. That’s the reason why we want to share you with the best bars in town in order to make your city trip as entertaining as possible. Here’s our inside guide to Barcelona’s best bars!
Barceloneta Barrio – this area is home to Barcelona’s closest beach to the city center. Popular with families and tourists who want good access to the center of the city but away from the hustle and bustle of the heart of the city center. Here are our recommendations for the best bars in this area:
- Beach garden: Beach garden is situated at the beach and looks like a Chiringuito at first sight. But it’s a great restaurant and cocktail bar all in one with a beautiful view on the beach. The bar is located in Plaza del Mar in Barceloneta, where you can relax, enjoy the sun and watch at the beach while listening to great electronic or alternative music at the same time.
- Absenta Bar: The old sailors district of Barceloneta is the only witness of the history of the bar. The exact date of when it was founded, is quite uncertain. The first records of the city in 1897 suggest that a police raid discovered the existence of a speakeasy in this discreet corner where sailors and artists drank the then banned absinthe, sharing long nights of pleasure and inspiration. In the century after, the bar witnessed countless events: parties, wars, bombings and the complete transformation of the neighborhood. Today, the bar continues in that same corner, rescuing an ancient bohemian corner, entirely dedicated to art, music and the warmth of the green fairy, absinthe. You find the bar with the “Green Fairy” drink in Carrer Sant Carles 36.
- Bar Electricitat: It’s called the legend in Barcloneta due to the fact that it is a classic and typical Spanish bar where young and old mix together and the waiters mostly or only speak Spanish. The atmosphere is casual and authentic and you won’t find that many tourists. Don’t be afraid to enter, because you will find delicious food and drinks for cheap prices. (for example calamar, seashell, etc.). The bar is located in Calle Sant Carles 15 in the center of Barceloneta.
- Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria): It’s a factory shop for wine a couple of streets back from the beach. They are specialized in cava and you can get a glass of it for only 1.60 € and around 6 € for a bottle. Its a great and lively bar and the food is flying out of kitchen but it is always absolutely packed. So make sure you avoid rush hours when you want to have a seat.
Poblenou: The urban district. Poblenou lives an unstoppable transformtation by the hand of a creative community that risks, reinvents and generates proposals that place this postindustrial nucleus in the sport of Barcelona’s vanguards. Here are our recommendations for this area:
- Balius Cocktails & Vermouths: During centuries Barius used to be a chain of drug stores in Barcelona. After they closed down their store in Poblenou, the building has transformed into a cocktail bar and the whole interior design has changed since 2014. However, it still kept the charm and exterior design of the drug store. The cocktail bar is specialized in Gin Tonic and open from 7pm till 2.30am in Carrer de Pujades, 196, close to Rambla Poblenou.
- Ovella Negra: The bar reminds about an old brewing factory and offers lots of space to hang out with friends. It is probably one of the best places, where you can relax, drink cheap beer or sangria and also watch the FC Barcelona or Spain matches on huge screens within a lively atmosphere. The place is huge and has an additional room, where you can play pool or table soccer with your friends when the match is over. It is definitely worth a visit.
Les Corts: Les Corts is an important financial business district in Barcelona and therefore has many good hotels and restaurants but not so much in the way of tourist attractions. Also, on Diagonal there is a large shopping complex called L’Illa. In L’Illa there are several good restaurants, a huge supermarket, a small exhibition centre and of course lots of clothes shops. Here are our recommendations for the best bars in this area:
- The Black Lion: The bar is the oldest Victorian pub in town and it’s situated in Evarist Arnús 70, just 5 minutes walk away from Nou camp stadium. The bar is perfectly decorated in British pub design and furniture and a typical old red phone box in the entrance tops off the atmosphere. Here you can choose from a wide selection of local and imported beers on draught and an even wider range of imported and artisan bottled beer. Grap a beer at the bar while watching to several sports matches life on diverse screens. It might becomes your second living room to hang out with your friends. Here are the opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 7pm – 1am, Thursday 7pm – 2am, Friday and Saturday 7pm – 3am and Sunday 7pm – 00am.
Eixample District (Left and right): – Some of Barcelona’s best shopping is found in this Barrio. It also has many bars and restaurants along with modernist architecture e.g. Gaudí’s Casa Batlló, Casa Mila and Sagrada Familia. This Barrio is also characterized by a busy grid-like road system. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- Ale & Hop: The bar was awarded in 2014 for excellence in and service to the craft brewing community. So iti is officially one of the best beer bars in Spain and definitely the best one in town. You can taste their special beer in Carrer Basses de Sant Pere 10 during their daily opening hours from 5 pm till 2.30 am
- Dry Martini: Dry Martini is the cocktail bar of Barcelona that has become an icon in the Cocktail Universe. Included on the list of the 50 best bars in the world, as part of the top 25 year after year, and it is considered the third gin best world bar. Find your dry martini in Calle Aribau, 162-166.
- Quilomobo: Are you looking for live music, good drinks and great ambiente? Then Quilombo is the perfect address, where you will find one of the best Mojito in town. While slurfing it you can listen to live music of different artists, which change hourly. The venue is situated in Carrer d’Aribau, 149 and is open from 10.30pm till 3am from Monday till Saturday. On Sunday the bar is closed.
El Born Barrio: Offers culture and traditional buildings close to Barcelona centre. The area is close to the beach, and has good night life, restaurants and bars. Here are our recommendations for the best bars in this area:
- Collage Cocktail Bar: Aloha, get ready for some Hawaiian inspiration! The bar is well-known for their eccentric cocktail preperations and stylish decoration. If you forget your Hawaiian shirt at home, don’t worry you will be able to buy directly one at the bar in order to plung into the vibes of Honolulu. The address to your Hawaiian destination in Barcelona is Carrer dels Consellers 4. The bar is open from 7pm – 3am daily.
Cal Brut: If you are looking for a night out alone or relaxing evening with your friends, Cal Brut is the right address. It is a small but comfortable and has an alternative undergrond touch. The bar is authentic and definitly worth a visit if you want to relax and enjoy a beer with great tapas. The bar is located in Calle Princesa 42 and open from Monday till Saturday from 7pm until 1am.
El Raval Neighbourhood: Controversial area in Barcelona, probably more suitable for seasoned travellers. Raval is an interesting and exciting area in Barcelona however it also has its darker and seedy side that you ought to be aware of. It is certainly not the safest or the cleanest area in Barcelona but it does have a special personality and character all of its own that makes this area a compelling visit. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- Bar Marsella: The bar has been existing since 1820 and it is the oldest bar in town and is specialised in absinthe. The custom of drinking absinthe gradually became so popular in bars, bistros, cafés, and cabarets that, by the 1860s, the hour of 5 pm was called “the green hour”. Absinthe was favoured by all social classes, from the wealthy bourgeoisie, to poor artists and ordinary working-class people. According to rumors Picasso, Dali and Gaudí were also big fans of the high alcohol and came Bar Marsella to get inspired to work. Walking inside the bar, itt seems like they never changed anything on the interior design. Also the fact that it has signs from the Franco regimes, which show the repression of the Catalan language makes it even more interesting; it’s like travelling in time. You find the classical bar in town in Carrer de Sant Pau 65 and it is open from 10pm until 3pm.
- Tahiti Bar: Red leather couches, dim light, a jukebox and Tiki inspired furniture turn the bar into an oldy but goldy. Tahiti’s mission is to bring the quality of Barcelona tiki back to the ’40s and ’50s, and to be a departure from the ’70s tiki bars found in the city. The fire and cocktail mixing shows underline the bar’s delicious tropical cocktails and they are serving classic drink recipes from Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s—an area where other Barcelona tiki bars fall down. You find the Tiki bar in Joaquin Costa 39 and it’s open every day from 7pm till 3am.
Gothic Quarter – Barri Gòtic Quarter: The “old city” in the heart of Barcelona and the “original” Barcelona where the city all started. This area is characterized by winding cobbled ancient streets, wonderfully picturesque architecture, top quality restaurants and cafes full of atmosphere. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- Els 4 Gats: Dazzling in its design, Els Quatre Gats is an unmiss- able stop for those interested in Modernista archi- tecture and indeed the art of the period, being the former regular meeting place of Picasso and other artistic luminaries. Nowadays, it chiefly caters to tourists, and is no crucible for Catalan gastronomy – nor is it cheap. There is, however, a more reason- ably priced and generously portioned set lunch, and when it’s all over you can buy the T-shirt. To appre- ciate the building without forking out for dinner, visit its café. It’s open daily from 12am till 1am and you find it in the street Montsió 3.
- Ocaña: This space is the namesake of José Perez Ocaña, paintor, activist and defender of freedom, who was one of the main players of ‘la Movida’, the great counterculture movement during the Transición following Franco’s death in the 1970s. Ocaña is a bar and restaurant with prime outdoor seating, and its own cocktail bar, La Apotheke. The décor and ambience have been treated with care, with respect for the original structure of the building and with pieces of furniture from all over the world. Check it out in Plaça Reial, 13-15. Get inspired by the ambiente. It’s open from 1pm until 3.30pm daily and let the spectacles inspire you.
- Sor Rita: If Mario Vaquerizo lived in Barcelona, this would be his favourite bar: a place that has find in the ‘kitsch’ style, its reason to exist, that seems to be a part of an Almodóvar movie, one of the hard ones. You find this colorful and inspiring spot in Mercè 27.
Gràcia Barrio: Gràcia was an independent town until the late 19th century and even now the community is small and tight. However despite the trendy nature of Gràcia it is also a traditional barrio with a large elderly population which makes for an amusing and odd mix. Here are the best bars of this area:
- Châtelet: It is the typical bar of Gracia and offers a unique atmosphere with its big windows and has some inspiration of Gaudí due to the different and colorful Mosaics on the wall. The food and drinks are good for affordabel prices. It is a perfect place to go with friends but it is quite busy, so make sure that you book a table in advance. The decoration with the low lightnings and screens invites to have a chat with friends and sharing beers, snacking some nachos and end with your favorite cocktail while listening to and watching great music videos. The is located close to Cinema Verdi in Carrer de Torrijos 54. (Opening hours are: Monday – Thursday: 6 pm – 2.30 am | Friday: 6 pm – 3 am | Saturday: 12 am – 3 pm | Sunday 12 am – 2.30 pm)
- Bobby Gin: As the name mentions it, Bobby Gin is a specialist in Gin cocktails, especially the Gin & Tonic. The barkeepers at this place are to gin what Walter White is to meth. So if you want to go to a place for a cocktail in the city, this one is definitely worth a visit. The bar is little bit pricey but it certainly got ambiance, style and delicious craft cocktails. You have also the possibility to eat some nice tapas while slurping delicious cocktails. The location is tucked away along the side of the wall in a sketchy alley in Carrer de Francisco Giner 47. There is no sign outside the bar, so make sure you have the right address. (Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday | Wednesday and Sunday: 7 pm – 2 am, Thursday: 7 pm – 2.30 am | Friday and Saturday: 7 pm – 3 am)
- L’Armari: The perfect place to have a romantic dinner. They have delicious tapas, you will see that almost of the dishes have a very welcome French twist. Their cocktails are original, you will notice it! It’s good to know that all cocktails have 1€ discount until 10 pm! (Opening hours: Monday 7 pm – 2.30 am | Tuesday – Thursday 6 pm to 2.30 am | Friday – Saturday 6 pm to 3 am | Sunday 6 pm – 1 am)
- Cafe del Sol: Cafè del Sol was one of the first bars to open in this most famous of Gràcia squares “Plaza del Sol”, which is a spot not only for sun worshippers, but also for having a beer and getting entertained by the crowed at the square. Cafè del Sol features a generous terrace peppered with metal chairs, where day and night, you hear patrons speaking local and world languages, not understanding each other until the waiter comes over, when everyone knows how to order a ‘cervesa’. (Opening hours: daily 11 am – 2.30 am)
- Gorilla: The bar has a old Berlin or “Hippster” style with old leather furniture, wooden chairs and tabels. It is perfect to have a chilly and cheap drink while watching football on a big screen or listening to great songs. But it is also a great place for a coffee and cake during the weekend in order to read a book or to work on your laptop. You find the bar in Carrer Torrent del L’Olla 39. (Opening hours: daily 10 am – 1 pm)
Montjuïc – Picturesque Montjuïc characterized by the fabulous views of the city when you get to the top of the mountain (more a steep hill really) Tourist attractions include the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, MNAC museum, and Poble Espanyol. Barcelona Olympic stadium is only a short walk away. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- La Caseta: La Caseta is a secret of Barcelona that is situated at Mirador del Migdia in Montjuic and is only open during summer time. Besides exceptional views over the sea and the mountain, it’s a fresh alternative to the summer heat, being the place, where you can watch the sunset of Barcelona while listening to vibes of alternative, Mexican or Flamenco music. Here are the opening hours: Night (starting the 23rd of June): Wednesdays: 21.00h – 24.00h (only with reservation), Thursdays: 20.00h – 01.00h, Fridays / Saturdays: 20.00h – 01.30h, Sundays: 20.00h – 24.00h.
Plaça Espanya: The main draw to Plaça Espanya is the Palau Nacional which is the Museum of Catalan art, stands regally up on the side of Montjuïc. It’s stunning and there is never a better time to see it than when it is lit up at night with the Magic Fountain in front. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- B-Bar at B-Hotel: The B-Bar hotel is situated in “Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 389”. From the terrace you have a perfect view on the square of Plaça Espanya as well as on Montjuïc with the Museu National d’Art de Catalunya. On the elegant terrace you can have diner next to the pool with a view on “Las Arenas” that used to be a bull fight arena in the past. Compared to other rooftop bars in Barcelona, the prices for tapas and cool drinks like are relatively affordable and it is less crowded than Sky Bar. The bar is daily open from 08pm till 1am and you get drinks for affordable prices.
Poble Sec: – Not much in the way of tourist attractions in this area but you will find that accommodation prices are lower and since the heart of the city centre is only a 10 minute ride by metro you have excellent transport to the rest of the city. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- Bar Rufian: The bar is one of the few places that once gave life to the city, El Clandestino – which in little more than a year and a half had become one of the epicentres of local music – was dismantled. The staff of El Clandestino – Dani, Jorge, Ghenadie and Berta – have come back with El Rufián, a Poble-sec locale specialising in beers, vermouth, and tapas. The ingredients are simple: a cosy spot with modest aesthetics, excellent music, a friendly atmosphere and premium drinks. Saturdays and Sundays are a party: go in for some vermouth and you’ll find a great place to meet kindred spirits spending the afternoon in good company. Check it out in Nou de la Rambla, 123. Opening hours are: Monday – Thursday 9am-1am; Friday and Saturday 9am-3am and Sunday 11am-6pm.
- Psycho: Psycho is a rock and roll bar that ticks all the boxes: red bar and walls, posters of The Who, The Dead Boys and Mystery Train; stickers of Black Flag, Shaft, Route 66, 13th Floor Elevators, Motorhead and Misfits; and a small back room where you can dance and sweat alongside the excellent sound system. Psycho’s clientele is varied, but tattoos and the ’50s look abound, with an age range from late-20s to early-40s. The bar is located in Piquer 27, it’s open daily from 8pm till 2.30am and it’s the perfect place for a pre- or post-concert drink.
Port Olympic: – Modern and stylish area in Barcelona with ready access to Barcelona’s beaches. This area benefited from the Olympic Games area regeneration program. Here are our favorite bars for this area:
- Icebarcelona: Have you ever thought about taking a drink in Barcelona inside an Arctical ambiente? Icebarcelona is the first ice bar at the beach in the world and a unique venue at a temperature of -5ºC, designed by internationally renowned artists. The theme of the lounge, the lighting and the sculptures are renewed at least twice a year, in order to offer something different every time you come. The average visit lasts 45 minutes. While you are shivering with fun, you can relax on the terrace, perfect for an al fresco cocktail right in front of the Mediterranean sea. You find the “cool” bar at Paseo Maritimo de la Barceloneta 38 A, just next to the beach of Port Olympic and between Shoko and Sotavento. it is daily open from 12am till 3am.