Party Earth Review The slogan “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met” – borrowed from Irish bard W.B. Yeats – fits Molly’s Fair City to a T, as the pub is certainly one of the best places in Barcelona for making English-speaking friends over a pint or two. Outgoing regulars from the British isles prop up the bar from early ... more
Carrer de Ferran, 7-9
Party Earth Review With its vaulted ceilings and photographic tributes to Irish entrepreneurs of yesteryear, The Temple Bar is a bright and beautiful Irish pub and a fantastic pre-club stop. A large venue with a long and spacious bar, the pub features high wood tables and stools in the more crowded front area and luxurious green leather couches ... more
Carrer de Ferran, 6
Party Earth Review Established in 1994, Flann O’Brien is the second oldest Irish pub in Barcelona and is dedicated, not surprisingly, to the holy trinity of beer, sports, and live music. A range of tasty brews like Guinness and Murphy’s Ale pour from the taps as live rock and pop get the crowd going from Thursday to Saturday. Meanwhile, the ... more
Carrer de Casanova, 264
Party Earth Review Patrons in need of a respite from the scores of high-energy clubs that line the Moll de Mestral on the Olimpic Port will be delighted to stumble upon the Kennedy Sailing Club, an Irish oasis of calm. From the finely-polished wood finishes, rigid high tables and stools, and elegantly-framed nautical equipment and model yachts ... more
Moll de Mestral, 26-28
Pub / Sports Bar
Party Earth Review Dusty trophies and vintage football jerseys adorn the brick and stone walls of Black Horse, a popular English pub in El Born where a convivial crowd of British expats, rowdy Spaniards, and a smattering of dehydrated wanderers indulge in pints and friendly chatter. Known as one of the best British/Irish pubs in the city ... more
Carrer d'Allada Vermell, 16
Live Music Venue / Pub
Party Earth Review Given the name, patrons might expect a lot of presidential kitsch, yet apart from a rather jarring mannequin – more on that in a second – Obama is mainly a British-themed pub with a mainly Spanish menu and mainly soccer on its TVs. Much of the three-level interior is covered in fake British memorabilia ... more
Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes, 603
The variety of pubs in Barcelona are certainly not as crazy as their club and nightlife counterparts, but the pubs still pack in the masses looking for a great frothy pint, football and rugby on the TV, and some great pub food to grease the skids for the rest of the evening.
Barcelona is obviously more of a late night party city, but as in most cities around Europe, the Brits and the Irish have brought their pub culture with them in spades and set up shop all over. Great Irish pubs can be found in Barri Gòtic, L'Eixample, Port Olimpic, and La Ribera and anyone looking to watch the latest FC Barcelona football match, eat some fish & chips, or just down some Boddingtons and Guinness on tap will never go wanting for a variety of pub options.
One of the best things about the Barcelona pubs is that they bring together locals and ex-pats alike that love nothing more than to share in some light-hearted, unpretentious drinking, and argue about whether Manchester United could beat any other football team in Europe. You won’t find artisanal drinks here, but you will find plenty of camaraderie and drinking mates who will be happy to warm up your taste buds for a long night of partying that lays ahead in Barcelona’s other nightlife scenes.