Bars and cafés
Barcelona is well known for its nightlife! If you’re wondering where to go on a Friday night (or any other day of the week), please continue reading further.
The city is filled with cafés and bars which turn into hip and trendy bars and clubs as the night approaches. You’ll be happy to enjoy your time until dawn and to come home in the early hours.
The majority of the bars in Barcelona are mainly located in the districts Barri Gòtic or El Born. The Raval is also famous for its great choice of places to have a beer or a mojito. However, the only difference is that this district is less safe than Barri Gòtico or El Born.
Even if Barcelona is in the same time zone as most of the European countries, you might think that the Catalan capital has around 2 hours time difference. Here dinners normalyl starts at 10pm and nightlife at around 1am. Most bars are open until 2 or 3am, and some of them until 5am during the weekends (2.30am during the week). For those of you who don’t want to go to a nightclub, feel reassured that there are hundreds of musical bars where you’ll be able to enjoy music.
Eine Vielzahl von Bars ist vor allem im Barri Gòtic oder im El Born Viertel vorzufinden. Das Raval ist ebenfalls für seine große Auswahl an Plätzen, um ein Bier oder einen Mojito zu genießen, bekannt. Der einzige Unterschied ist jedoch, dass dieses Viertel als nicht so sicher gilt im Vergleich zu dem Barri Gòtic oder El Born.
Obwohl sich Barcelona in der gleichen Zeitzone wie der Großteil der Länder Europas befindet, fängt das Leben hier erst 2 Stunden später an als gewohnt. Das Abendessen wird generell gegen 22 Uhr serviert und das Nachtleben beginnt nicht vor 1 Uhr in der Frühe. Die meisten Bars sind bis 2 oder 3 Uhr geöffnet, während einige nicht vor 5 Uhr morgens am Wochenende (oder 2:30 Uhr unter der Woche) schließen. Für diejenigen unter Ihnen, die nicht unbedingt einen Nachtclub aufsuchen wollen, gibt es Hunderte von musikalischen Bars, wo man gute Musik und Getränke genießen kann.
Bars and Cafés by districts
El Barri Gòtico/El Born
Entdecken Sie diese kleine Cocktailbar im Zentrum von Barcelona (Stadtteil Gòtico) und verpassen Sie bloß nicht die Happy Hour (bis 23 Uhr)! Mischen Sie sich unter das Publikum mit Touristen und Einheimischen, die sich hier meistens nach der Arbeit ein paar Drinks gönnen.
Address:Carrer Rauric 21
Tel.: +34 664 33 71 56
Prices: Happy Hour until 11pm, 1€ the first beer
ShangoThis Latino bar offers free salsa lessons every Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11pm to midnight! This is already a good reason to set foot in this place. Discover the friendly and “caliente” atmosphere. Happy Hour starts at 9pm till the salsa lessons begin! Don’t put yourself under too much pressure or you’ll have troubles following the steps ;)
Address: Carrer d'en Groc 2
Metro: Jaume I
Prices: Happy Hour between 9pm and 11pm; beer for 2.50€
La Pipa clubThe first thing you’ll ask yourself while arriving will probably be: ""Where is this bar?"" Don’t panic and simply take the stairs, since they will guide you to the Pipa club. Enter this comfortable and cosy atmosphere and have a drink. Set in a renovated and retro-style apartment, this place is an unique place that you absolutely have to try!
Address: Plaza Reial 3
Tel.: +34 933 02 47 32
This quite hidden bar in El Ravel has adopted a grunge style and there is even a skate ramp in the place!
Address: Carrer Escudellers Blancs 3, Gótico / Carrer Tallers 68, El Raval
Tel:. +34 691673890
Prices: Happy Hour from 7pm (beer for 1€)
Sugar BarWell-known for its music, its friendly ambiance and its low prices, the Sugar Bar will welcome you well (if you find it!). Come early, since it is often overcrowded.
Address: Carrer de Rauric 23
Mojitos for 2.50€ from 8pm to 10pm; Tuesdays: 2 longdrinks for 5.00€
The Margarita Blue is a Mexican restaurant, bar and club. What else?! It is famous for its wide range of quality cocktails and its very friendly ambiance.
Address: Carrer de Josep Anselm Clavé 6
Tel:. +34 934 12 54 89
Sidecar Factory ClubThis small bar in the Barri Gòtic, located close to Plaça Reial, provides you with good indie/rock music and beers, as well as cocktails. Good ambiance and good value for money. I think that’s enough information for you to go there…
Address: Plaça Reial 7
Tel:. +34 933 02 15 86
Closed on Sundays.
BahiaBegin the night with some tapas and finish with a couple of Mojitos or Caïpirinhas in this bar. It is located in the centre of Barcelona, where locals (for the majority) like to have a seat outside to enjoy a drink.
Address: Carrer Dels Escudellers 46, Plaça George Orwell
Tel:. +34 933 18 54 73
Milans Cocktail BarThis cocktail bar located in the Barri Gòtic is perfect for having a drink with friends, while listening to good jazz music. It might be a little difficult to find it, but it is worth looking for!
Address: Carrer Milans 7
Metro: Jaume I
Tel.: +34 932 68 93 92
Prices: on the website
El MariatchiA kind of “secret bar” of Barcelona: pretty colorful and visited by many musicians living in Barcelona. Even Manu Chao is said to go there from time to time… Don’t hesitate to try the specialty: hydro-miel.
Address: Carrer dels Còdols 14
And now some Irish pubs...
A typical Irish bar that offers good typical British food (fish and chips, sausages…) and drinks. You can also watch sports, just like in every traditional Irish pub while enjoying tapas and beers. Not really cheap, but good price/quality. One of the very few having a small terrace.
Please try their guacamole, it’s just heaven!
Address: Via Laietana 19
Metro: Jaume I
Temple BarA typical Irish pub located in one of the most visited streets of Barcelona, perpendicular to La Rambla. Apart from the classic drinks, they also offer Tex-Mex food to eat while watching a sports show.
Address: Carrer Ferran 6
Tel.: +34 933 01 74 18
Ryans Irish PubThose Irish pubs offer a very friendly ambiance, such as those you can find in every typical Irish pub. They have three adresses in Barcelona. watch out: There are discounts for Erasmus students!
Adres: Carrer del Paradís 4 (Jaume I), Carrer Escudellers 24 (Liceu) und Carrer del Judici 15 (Jaume I oder Barceloneta)
Tel:. +34 932 69 01 72, +34 933 17 14 24, +34 932 21 11 19
Prices: shots from 1€, beer at 2€; Wednesdays: mojitos for 2.50€, Thursdays: Ladies night: every cocktail for 2.50€
Taverna Ovella Negra
This bar has become an institution: the inside looks like an authentic taverna and you can order here pitchers of sangria to share with friends, or beers… It is located just next to La Rambla and thus attracts many international students: don’t come too late in order to have a seat!
Address: Carrer de les Sitges 5
Tel.: +34 933 17 10 87
Prices: 12€ for 1.75L of sangria
La Granja de GavàTake a break in this bar located in El Raval, while having a coffee during the day or enjoying a beer at sunset… Intellectuals like to meet there and every Wednesday poesy evenings are organized. You’ll find this place pretty busy with all kinds of people on weekends.
Address: Carrer de Joaquín Costa 37
Tel:. +34 933 023 845
Bar MarsellaMarsella is one of the oldest bars in Barcelona! You might notice it by having a look at the layers of dust you’ll see on the decorative bottles. The bar hasn’t changed a bit! It is well known for the absinthe it serves. A glass of absinthe, a spoon, sugar and a bottle of water and you’ll be in heaven! People often pass by just to grab a drink, whereas others get a table and spend more time there. All in all it has a really friendly atmosphere!
Address: Carrer Sant Pau 65
Metro: Liceu or Paral.lel
Tel.: +34 93 442 72 63
Can Paixano(La Xampaneria)This typical tapas bar is located not far from La Barceloneta metro station (L4). It opens at 5pm and closes around 9pm. The place is alsways packed. People can order a glass of cava for 1 euro and tapas. Don’t be afraid to have some drops of cava on your feet as well: people have to shoulder their way to the bar and you’ll always be on the way ;)
Very good value for money! A must see and must taste!
Address: Carrer de la Reina Cristina 7
Tel:. +34 933 10 08 39
Prices: 5-12€, 1€ the cava glass
In this bar you will find more than 500 different types of chupitos. The most difficult thing will be to choose one of them! People recommend the "Monica Lewinski" chupito! It’s really up to you to discover why…
Address: Carrer d'Aribau 77
Metro: Hospital Clínic
Tel:. +34 697 81 44 61
ManchesterThe Manchester is an address you’ll have to add to your favourite places: good and cheap drinks and excellent rock/indie music (The Smiths, Joy Division, Depeche Mode…).
Adres: Carrer Valldonzella 40, Carrer de Milans 5
Metro: Universitat, Jaume I
Tel:. +34 627 733 081
Michael CollinsThis Irish pub is just next the Sagrada Familia in the Eixample, it’s the perfect place to meet locals, sports supporters or just have a beer in a friendly atmosphere.
Adres: Placa de la Sagrada Familia 4
Metro: Sagrada Familia
George PayneA large Irish pub which is recommended by all the people who tried it: for a drink, some food, or watch a sports match. The Karaoke they offer you to take part to is really a great idea to spend a pleasant night with friends!
Adres: Plaça Urquinaona 5