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 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 drinking and dining environment. Restaurant guests are served an artistic menu of fusion cuisine among albino palm tree pillars, illuminated ... more
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 22
Party Earth Review Bauma definitely benefits from its central location off the busy Avinguda Diagonal, and though it’s definitely not a place to go in search of a raging party, this old-style café and bar makes for a cozy spot to spend a few hours while exploring L'Eixample. The sidewalk patio fills up fast on warm days, with older locals ... more
Carrer Roger de Llúria, 124
Party Earth Review One of the most famous food markets in the world, La Boqueria offers a pleasant assault on the senses, from the smell of exotic spices, to the sounds of haggling voices, to the exquisite taste of Spain’s best produce. Everyone from housewives, foodies, and business people to Ferran Adrià – famed chef of the El Bulli restaurant ... more
Plaça de la Boqueria
Bar / Restaurant
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 plunges patrons into near-total darkness, broken only by faint red lights shooting down vertically from the ceiling and a luminescent bar ... more
Rambla del Raval, 41
Spanish Restaurant / Tapas Bar
Party Earth Review Anyone roaming the Las Ramblas thoroughfare hoping to find a non-touristy destination is on a fool’s journey, but those looking for an easy way to avail themselves of Spain’s signature dining experience will benefit from Taller de Tapas. One of five branches in Barcelona, the L’Eixample location ... more
Rambla Catalunya 49-51
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
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 in launching the famous treatment centers that bear her name, an irony not missed by the regular crowd of hip twenty-somethings who consider ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 56
Lounge / Restaurant
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 bright logo out front contrasts with the dim interior, where plush leather sofas, long rows of blood-orange banquettes, and fine, tufted chairs ... more
Carrer de la Riera Alta, 4-6
Party Earth Review Just a quick walk south of Barcelona’s famed alternative concert hall, Sala Apolo, the funky factory-turned-lounge maumau attracts a diverse set of creative-minded denizens thanks to its always comfortable vibe. Seeing as the place is run by the same guys behind maumau underground – an online guide to ... more
Carrer d'en Fontrodona, 35
Cocktail Bar / Fusion Restaurant
Party Earth Review Not to be confused with the rambunctious bar with the same name on Nou de la Rambla, this Guru bar is an altogether more refined, low-key venue. A smiling Buddha in the window greets customers as they arrive, while inside, the ornate sofas, piles of plush cushions, somber browns and deep red tones, and burning incense create ... more
Carrer de Josep A. Clave, 19
Party Earth Review Coffee, tea, books, and art are the core ingredients at Lletraferit, all folded inside a spoken-word burrito and topped off with a hearty dollop of cocktails. The front room offers a great view onto the narrow but always bustling Joaquín Costa Street, at the same time shielding patrons from city noise, making it an ideal ... more
Carrer de Joaquín Costa, 43
Restaurants in Barcelona are a mix of both modern culinary innovation and traditional Catalan fare, but the cool and diverse offerings – buoyed by a large international population and major tourist presence – make Barcelona restaurants a fabulous place to get in on some of the best Mediterranean cuisine out there. Thanks to its seaside location, seafood abounds, and practically everyone has their own take on bullabesa (fish soup-stew).
Café culture and outdoor restaurants are a huge component to the city, with noisy Spaniards crowding around tables that fill squares and plazas all over town, and gobbling down an ever-increasing selection of tapas.
More and more trendy vegetarian restaurants are taking up residence, but Catalan culture prides itself on its love of meat, especially rabbit, duck, and game. And there’s plenty of international fare in this cosmopolitan city as well, from the Far East to Africa and the Mediterranean to the Americas.
Our suggestion: tank up on a large menú del día (menu of the day) special, which is often served at a nice discount, and then waddle out of that Barcelona restaurant and into the fun Barcelona sun.