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 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
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
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
Bar / Burger Joint
Party Earth Review Burgers and booze unite at Betty Ford’s, a popular late-night haunt named for a former First Lady who – let’s face it – knew a thing or two about tying one on. Ms. Ford was instrumental ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 56
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
Reviewed by Ernst B.
"Cangrejo is one of the maddest, craziest, oddest bars in the area of Raval. The name literally means ‘crab’ – which would explain the giant glittering ..." more
Calle Montserrat, 9
Party Earth Review One of Raval’s most authentic pre-club bars, Zentraus is a hip joint that draws a large crowd of music lovers looking for an underground vibe. The black-tiled, somewhat industrial motif ... more
Rambla del Raval, 41
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