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
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, the neighborhood is better known for its nightlife, and Rosa throws its sombrero into the ring on that front, too – at least if the sidewalk ... more
Carrer dels Àngels 6
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 Tucked away on a side street in the Barri Gòtic area is a little red gem called Sugar. It’s all about the cocktails at this sweet bar, and the list of specialties written in chalk on the ceiling are well worth the neck strain. Sugar’s simple but enticing décor of baroque murals, erotic artwork, and twinkling lights contributes ... more
Calle de Raurich, 21
Party Earth Review An upscale venue with a hip attitude, Dostrece is a restaurant by day and a relaxed cocktail bar by night. Elegantly set tables and a smart color scheme offer a comfortable yet sophisticated dining experience in the naturally-lit salon on the ground floor, where well-dressed patrons nibble on citrus salads or crispy salmon ... more
Carrer del Carme, 40
Party Earth Review Patrons in search of excellent Belgian beers need look no further than Belchica, a café in L’Eixample that carries no less than fifty of Belgium’s best brands. Stella Artois, Hoegarden, and La Chouffe are always on tap, while bottled varieties include amber, dark, and honey beers as well as rare ... more
Carrer de Villarroel, 60
Bar / Cuban Restaurant
Party Earth Review Barcelona certainly isn’t lacking in Modernista-style architecture, and such form is in full effect at quiet El Raval watering hole Muy Buenas – though most people show up to taste the Cuban staff’s signature mojitos rather than to ogle examples of art nouveau. Open for breakfast throughout much ... more
Carrer del Carme, 63
Reviewed by Andy L.
"The steel-grey skies of industrial England aren't what you hope to encounter when you touch down in Barcelona. It's the sol español rather than the La ..." more
Carrer Milans, 5
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 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. This narrow space on Nou de la Rambla has quickly become a favorite for artfully trashy, fashion-conscious residents who often sport asymmetrical ... more
Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 44
The saying “It’s five o’clock somewhere” really doesn’t apply to Barcelona -- in fact, it would be more appropriate to change it to ten o’clock since that's when the people typically eat, drink, and enjoy happy hour in Barcelona.
Many bars and restaurants don’t even open up until 7 or 8pm after their afternoon siesta, so it’s normal for the busiest times of the night to be 10 or 11pm. Luckily for Barcelona’s bar-goers, the venues cooperate with the lifestyle, and many places like Absenta offer happy hours that end as late as midnight and offer beers as cheap as one euro.
In addition to nightly drink specials, many restaurants offer a lunchtime happy hour or “Menu del Dia,” which offers food and drink specials from around 1pm to 4pm. One such popular spot for tourists is Rosa Negra, a fantastic Mexican restaurant with two locations in the city center.
For a more classic happy hour experience, head to Flaherty’s Irish Pub before 8pm on weekdays to enjoy five beers and a plate of nachos for only ten euros.
While it may seem at first glance like Barcelona isn’t a good place for happy hour, the Catalan schedule combined with the number of tourists demanding drink specials has blended perfectly to create the opportunity to enjoy happy hour in Barcelona all day long.