Despite El Raval’s reputation as one of Barcelona’s shabbiest and most intimidating districts, it undoubtedly boasts some of the trendiest bars in town.
Populated by a diverse mix of immigrants, tattooed skateboarders, and hipsters, the area offers plenty of café terraces and avant-garde hangouts at which to spend a leisurely afternoon of people-watching.
The El Raval parade continues after dark as the nightly pilgrimage of clubbers makes its way from the popular meeting points of Plaça Reial and Las Ramblas, down the Nou de la Rambla, and finally to the alternative club Sala Apolo, often stopping off at various bars en route.
Gritty as it may be, El Raval is still a much-loved neighborhood popular with local youth, Erasmus students, and all who fly in the face of commercial, conservative society.
Party Earth Review Coffee, tea, books, and art are the core ingredients at Lletraferit, all folded inside a spoken-word burrito and topped off with a hearty dollop of cocktails. The front room offers ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 43
Party Earth Review In 1942, the famous Catalan writer Terenci Moix was born in Granja de Gavà (Farm Gavà), back when the location was the site of a small dairy and the surrounding El Raval neighborhood ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 37
Party Earth Review Hidden away on a narrow street in El Raval, Soho is an authentic Moroccan-run hookah bar offering a distinct change of pace from the frantic Las Ramblas just a stone’s throw away. The ... more
Carrer de les Ramelleres, 26-28
Party Earth Review A chic bar and restaurant on the Raval side of Las Ramblas, Guru has created an unforgettable look of relentless white surfaces that cover almost every nook and cranny, creating a surreal ... more
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 22
Party Earth Review Considered by some to be the best first-stop spot in Barcelona, L’Ovella Negra is a rustic tavern whose high wood ceilings, glowing lanterns, stone floors, and cozy wood stoves create ... more
Carrer de les Sitges, 5
Party Earth Review Tucked away in a quiet courtyard in the gardens of El Antic Hospital Santa Creu, El Jardí is undoubtedly one of Barcelona’s best “undiscovered” treasures. In terms of décor, this al ... more
Carrer de l'Hospital, 56
Party Earth Review Bright colors are the order of the day at Rita Blue, starting with the cheerful blue, green, red, and yellow cloths that cover the tables on its popular terrace on Plaça Sant Agusti ... more
Plaça Sant Agusti
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: A small and comfortable bar located off the Rambla del Raval, Aurora is a great place to unwind and get away from the often hectic Barcelona ..." more
Carrer l'Aurora, 7