Ambar

Bar
Ambar With its retro lamps, threadbare sofas, and empty picture frames, Ambar feels a bit like hanging out in a friend's basement, surrounded by their family's unwanted stuff. Barcelona Spain 41.377772 2.170654
3.87 6
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Party Earth Review With its retro lamps, threadbare sofas, and empty picture frames, Ambar feels a bit like hanging out in a friend’s basement, surrounded by their family’s unwanted stuff. Although the owners didn’t go all out on the furnishings... ... read full review

  • Metro:

    Paral-lel

  • Phone:

    62 808 74 01

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 5pm–2:30am, F–Sa 5pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Ambar Review

The Scene

With its retro lamps, threadbare sofas, and empty picture frames, Ambar feels a bit like hanging out in a friend's basement, surrounded by their family's unwanted stuff.

With its retro lamps, threadbare sofas, and empty picture frames, Ambar feels a bit like hanging out in a friend’s basement, surrounded by their family’s unwanted stuff.

Although the owners didn’t go all out on the furnishings, what they do have is artfully placed, and the shiny red-topped bar, metallic stools, and floor-to-ceiling windows save Ambar from crossing the line into dive bar territory.

In fact, most of the cool artists and entrepreneurs show up in the latest street fashions to spend a few hours discussing their recent projects over smokes and cervesa. Later in the evening, a smattering of in-the-know expats swell in number to create a lively pre-club vibe.

The staff selects a mix of eclectic tunes conducive to conversation, while outdoor seating attracts passersby keen on observing the goings-on in Rambla de Raval.

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Tip from Jonah:

Cheap drinks, a funky local crowd, and an unpretentious vibe make this the perfect first stop of the evening before hitting Apolo.

  • Crowd

    Mainly chic local Bohemian types and expats, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Diverse range of noncommercial tunes, from world music to nu-wave. Guest DJs spice things up on some weekends.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar snacks.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks €2–€5. Beer and wine €2.50, cocktails €6, mixed drinks €5, shots €2.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday around midnight.

  • Close By

    Venture a block up Raval Street to Sala Apolo, one of the biggest clubs in the area.

Ambar User Reviews

Average rating:
Cute retro bar
Jody P. Dec 12, 2012
This bar has a really fun vibe. It is located in the Raval where you can find a pretty youthful crowd. Ambar is right at the end of the Rambla del Raval and is near a bunch of other cute places. Anyway, Ambar has a pretty funky vibe. It is very dark and retro inside. My favorite part of the decor is the lampshades / light fixtures that were made out of those fun 80's style sunglasses (that are back in style now). The prices are reasonable and it is just a fun place to hang out.
Glambar!
Ernst B. Nov 8, 2012
They really should have called this place Glambar instead. Besides the awesome collection of early rock and roll (glam rock thrown in the mix from time to time), the interior looks like the inside of groupie’s handbag. This place has some serious cool dripping off the walls and I’d gladly go back again and again to dry hump the barman’s playlist.
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