Some students say that after a few drinks they start speak better Spanish. In order for you to try out this theory for yourself, we made a selection of the best bars in Barcelona.
Between our teachers and school staff, we really tried and visit all 7400 bars in Barcelona, but somewhere halfway our mission impossible we lost count and just made a selection of what we think will be interesting for you.
Today, the 5 best bars in Poble Sec, Les Corts & Montjuïc
More bars? Check out the best rooftop bars in Barcelona
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:
5Bar 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.
4Psycho: 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.
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.
3The 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.
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.
2La 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:
1B-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.