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 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 Situated near the southern edge of Rambla del Raval, Café de les Delícies is a cozy little bohemian café that promises a relaxed escape from this ever-bustling thoroughfare. The sidewalk ... more
Rambla del Raval, 47
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 33
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 ... more
Carrer de Sant Pau, 77
Bar / Mexican Restaurant
Party Earth Review Considering how well-known it is for a diverse immigrant population, it’s no surprise that El Raval is home to Rosa del Raval, one of the few Mexican joints in Barcelona. Of course ... more
Carrer dels Àngels 6
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 Anyone determined to hang out with Barcelona’s coolest cats should head to Pepino, a restaurant and bar that is undoubtedly an excellent introduction into the city’s infamous nightlife ... more
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 44
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Absenta offers the neighborhood bar feel that is so hard to find in a big city like Barcelona, but without the creepy old regulars in the co ..." more
Carrer de l'Hospital, 75
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