There’s something uniquely special about the atmosphere you get in a good pub. Whether you’re in Brisbane or Birmingham, you know what to expect when you step through the door and see the pint glasses and beer mats on the bar. Barcelona is home to a few good pubs, offering classic ales, local craft beers and standard pub grub.
Located on a buzzing pedestrian road in the El Born neighbourhood, The Black Horse has an outdoor terrace alongside other restaurants and cafés, as well as a cozy indoor area with red brick walls and the usual pub paraphernalia. They show all the major football matches and have a lively quiz on Sunday nights. The bar pours Guinness, Magners, Carlsberg, Kronenbourg, Paulaner, Hoegaarden and a few others on tap.
Located on the Via Laeitana, one of the main roads in central Barcelona, Dunne’s Irish bar is busy most days of the week and popular with travellers due to its location. Especially busy during sports season, they have a number of large TV screens and large, cozy seating booths. The kitchen serves classic pub fare, including home-made pies which aren’t half bad.
Everything you’d expect from an Irish pub located just off La Rambla, Flaherty’s has a wide range of international beers and ciders on tap including Guinness, Strongbow and Koppaberg. It also serves decent bar snacks such as nachos, garlic bread, onion rings, burgers, jacket potatoes and other pub classics.
Probably the most Irish of the Irish pubs in Barcelona, Michael Collins is a guaranteed good craic on a Monday night when they host live music. Other nights you can expect live sports, pub quizzes and a rather warm, friendly atmosphere within metres of the Sagrada Família.
Boasting two giant screens and six large TV screens across the bar, The Wild Rover shows an extensive range of sports including football, rugby, basketball, boxing, tennis and formula one racing. Located just off La Rambla, it’s a popular gathering spot for travellers looking to watch a game but there’s also regular live music and events throughout the month.
Modestly claiming to be ‘the best bar in Barcelona’, the George Payne has certainly built a reputation for being a rather lively night out. The kind of place that welcomes stag parties with open arms, hosts beer pong nights ever Monday and isn’t afraid to serve cocktails in litre jugs, there’s also sports, karaoke and fancy dress parties.
By no means a pub, the Caseta del Migdia is however one of the most scenic places to grab a beer in the sun in Barcelona. Perched on the edge of Montjuïc hill, overlooking the Mediterranean sea, the bar is little more than a hut with a huge outdoor terrace and a barbecue pit. Only open afternoons on Saturdays and Sundays, the barbecue serves grilled sausages and chicken with salads and grilled corn on the cob.