Best Bars in Barcelona

The bars in Barcelona are among the best in the world. The best part of Barcelona is that even thought it’s a relatively big city, it is still possible to explore it easily on foot. Most bars in Barcelona accept payment by credit or debit card and most Barcelona bars have some staff, at least, that speak good English.

We recommend exploring them by neighborhood and enjoy the different vibes each one provides. The list follows no particular order.

El Gótico and El Born

La Plata

Born in 1945, they have been serving three essential tapas the fried whole anchovies, the tomato salad, onion and olive salad, and the ‘pintxo’ of ‘morcilla’ sausage. Good service, good food, and good wine!

This is a very typical bar for simple traditional tapas with an almost countryside atmosphere where you can always enjoy of good wine. It’s not easy to find but if you find yourself immersed in the Gothico pass by for a snack and a drink.


A beautiful spot at Plaza Real, Ocaña is the perfect mix of late-night partying with serious eating. Cafe, restaurant and bar in one, it switches up everything between a modern cafe, a tapas restaurant, a skillfully crafted cocktail bar, to a club with live music.

Whether you’re looking to have some drinks with friends near La Rambla, or sit down and eat after walking all day, or party like a Rockstar in an underground club they have it for you.


Located in the bohemian area of El Born, this friendly bar offers very good vermouth on tap, bottled cask beers and natural fruit cocktails alongside great some great traditional tapas.

Characterized by its wooden spaces, exposed brick walls and marble tables you can enjoy the atmosphere of the area of this friendly neighborhood.


Tucked away behind prohibition curtains in an inconspicuous pastrami sandwich joint, Paradiso is one of the top cocktail bars in Barcelona. Just make sure you arrive with patience as you’ll probably have to wait to get in due to limited seating.

From cocktails served in glass pipes to dry ice to being smoked in front of your eyes the creativity of the sophisticated bar really shines through. And guess what? The pastrami and smoked meats are delicious!


Cocovail Beer Hall

Missing that American feeling? Once an old textile factory now a pacific surfing concept American beer hall. With up to 24 craft beers and the best wings in Barcelona it’s a great place to your favorite American sports, and European football. Show your Studentfy digital card and enjoy our 15% discount.

Boca Chica

Have an elegant night to in this seductive bar near Casa Batllo on the luxurious Passeig de Gracia. Even though the drinks are pricey the quality and ambience here is well worth it. Very cosmopolitan and filled with international people it’s a great place to mingle with people all over the world.

Pro tip: check out the bathrooms!! You’ll be impressed!!


It’s is a modern and airy London-style venue by day it’s the perfect place to sip mixers on comfy couches. While office workers grab a coffee on the interior terrace, and hungover hostel dudes slouch over ottomans whilst tucking into recovery comfort food.

Monkey Factory

Amazing pub, really great atmosphere, can’t ask for better music or bar staff. Very well located in the middle of example it is always a good option to go for some drinks with some friends. Monkey Factory is an excellent place to get some drinks before going full on clubbing.


4Latas is the perfect space designed so you can escape from your day-to-day routine and enjoy a tailored, relaxed and quiet meal. Our best recommendation is yo go here for some after class beers and tapas Barcelona Style.


Quilombo is a local bar where you get to enjoy live music and it has a Cuban atmosphere.  Get to know the legendary Pepe as he plays his guitar and sings the classical Spanish hits. Definitely visit to live an unforgettable experience.


Old Fashioned Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar

This tiny modern cocktail bar in the lively Gracia district offers some of the best cocktails in Barcelona and is well and is famous for its high-quality gin tonics. With a private atmosphere this place is definitely worth checking out with a small group of friends or a date or two.

Zona Alta

Hot Bar

Bar filled with a young and fun atmosphere located in the Zona Alta. Enjoy the best cocktails and drinks with your friends. Very close to Sutton and Bling and perfect spot to gather before going all in at two of the best clubs in town.


Small but fun Restobar in Zona alta next to the very exclusive club Sutton in Barcelona. Very good place for some drinks and good crossover music before going clubbing. One of the very best pre-drink atmospheres.

What are your favorite bars in Barcelona? Let us know in the comments below.

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