Barcelona is a cultural hub famous for its beaches, beautiful sights and their amazing football team! That aside, it’s also home to some of the best bars in Europe which boast views of the city, beautiful terraces or just a friendly, international vibe. Here’s a shortlist of some of our favourite spots to enjoy a drink after a long day exploring the Catalan capital.
Bar Borneo is a chilled out bar in the heart of the popular El Born neighbourhood. It has a good balance between locals and those visiting the city. The bar has an enormous collection of gin with over fifty brands in its collection and more than fifteen types of tonic to go with them. In the summer they fold back the windows to let groups sit on cushions along the front steps of the bar and watch the evening go by.
Carrer del Rec, 49, 08003 Barcelona.
“La Bolsa” or stock exchange in English is a bar with a difference. The prices of the drinks rise and fall depending on their popularity! Watch the digital displays behind the bar as the prices change in real time. You’ll find this bar just off Avinguda Diagonal and there are plenty of clubs in the area to move on to.
Carrer de Tuset, 17, 08006 Barcelona.
Ocaña is located just off the busy La Rambla in Plaça Reial. This premium bar is more of a tourist spot but they have a huge range of delicious cocktails to choose from and it’s a brilliant place to people watch. The terrace overlooks the busy square and fountain and there are often buskers and dancers performing so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Plaça Reial, 13-15, 08002 Barcelona.
Located in the heart of Gràcia, Châtelet is a French-owned bar with skilled bartenders and great food. The bar is artsy and colourful, as are its clientele. There’s always a great atmosphere to welcome you and the terrace is filled with locals who bring their dogs while they enjoy a cold beer.
Carrer de Torrijos, 54, 08012 Barcelona.
Another Gràcia favourite is Timeline. This is the kind of bar you only get introduced to by someone who lives in Barcelona. The tiny bar fits 25 people and you’d walk past it if you weren’t on the lookout. The bartenders are incredibly friendly, there are board games for you to play and they even have a guest book filled with messages from various people who have frequented the bar. Try their jam jar mojitos and kick back with some snakes and ladders.
Carrer de la Providència, 3, 08024 Barcelona.
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This bar has a very cool atmosphere and is right in the heart of El Raval. Inside it’s full of interesting spaces to sit and share a drink with friends and outside the terrace is a brilliant place to take in the character of the neighbourhood. They also serve an amazing brunch at the weekend which makes it a great bar by day or by night.
Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona.
This is the place for you if you love live music, 70s-90s DJ sets or open mics. Situated in Gràcia the bar is full of easy going people who love nothing more than going to a gig and having a beer. Just off the tourist trail, it’s normally full of locals. There’s almost always something interesting on in Alfa so it’s definitely not to be missed if it’s your scene.
Carrer Gran De Gràcia, 36, 08012 Barcelona.
If you want a great mojito, this is where to get one! You’ll find the bar just off Passeig del Born and it’s a nice spot if you want to have an afternoon drink before heading on to some of the many quirky boutiques in the area. It’s also a great place for a night out, Mamainé is always buzzing with people and the Latino music has everyone dancing.
Carrer del Rec, 59, 08003 Barcelona.
Located on the edge of Rambla del Raval, this is a quiet place to work during the day (free Wi-Fi) or a lovely bar to have a drink with friends in the evening. They’ve a good selection of craft beers and a small terrace outside. Another great selling point for Ámbar is that while it is walking distance from La Rambla, it doesn’t have the inflated tourist prices.
Betty Ford is a trendy dive bar in El Raval neighbourhood with a great atmosphere, retro film projections and some of the best burgers in town. The bar is free from tourists but there’s an international crowd of expats and locals alike. The bartenders make great cocktails and are always suggesting new drinks you can try.
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 56, 08001 Barcelona.
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