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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 Barcelona’s nightlife is famous for many reasons, but one thing it’s not known for is progressive music venues. Enter Moog, a club right in the center of town whose mission to remedy ... more
Carrer de l'Arc del Teatre, 3
Reviewed by Sam S.
"My Take: A true tiki bar that was cast in the image of Trader Vic’s famous establishments, Tahiti is a Polynesian cocktail bar that offers authentic a ..." more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 39
08001 Barcelona, Spain