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 Literature buffs and aspiring bohemians won’t want to miss London Bar, a legendary venue just off Las Ramblas. Opened in 1910, this famous tavern was once frequented by such illustrious ... more
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 34
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
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: Oddland is an earthy bar with its decor giving off the feel of a night time safari ride. A two-story venue with lounge seating upstairs and t ..." more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 52
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
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 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 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
Party Earth Review The younger sister to Milk Bar & Bistro, a hip spot in Barrí Gòtic, Marmalade is run by the same people, but her youth cultivates a larger and considerably swankier environment. The ... more
Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6