Okay, not the most
comprehensive guide, but you never know - it may help someone! Here's
three superb bars, one pseudo-Scottish one, and some Tapas and late
night (non club) beer tips.
Bar Marsella - famous for
Absinthe (but also good for a sit down chat with a beer), in a quiet
pedestrian lane (C de St Pau) just behind Liceu Metro, right off
Bar Pastis - Tiny and very
atmospheric French bar. Been there for years, and a favourite with
French sailors. Right in the middle of the transvestite quarter!
Near Drasanes metro at the foot of the Ramblas, in C de Sta Monica
The "Fairy Forest" (don't
know the Spanish name) - Not a wind up! A great pub, themed
like something out of Lord of the Rings. Rammed with thinking mans
euro-totty. In a passage near the wax museum (Museu de Cera), again
near Drasanes (other side of Ramblas from Pastis) in Ptge de Banca.
The Clansmen - in keeping
with almost all Scottish "theme" pubs, it's a bit tame
and sterile, but they made a fuss over me when I wore my kilt there.
It's near Jaune metro, in C. Vigatans.
None of the above bars serve tapas, however there are dozens places
off the Ramblas in Barri Gottic
that do. Just be aware that some places in that area seem to attract
jakies and more shifty types.
A top recommendation for seeing where the locals drink (and eat
tapas) is the Gracia area
(Fontana Metro or Gracia FGC stop) - there's a great tapas bar next
to the FGC station, and Pl Soleil is surrounded by bars. Don't expect
to see too many tourists in that neck of the woods, but it is very
handy for a cab to/from the Nou Camp.
If you're looking for a late night pub in the centre, try the London
Pub (I know, I know...) - it's down a bit from Liceu, but
I was hammered when I was there so don't know the street. It's open
until at least 5am, but we had no problems when walking back to
the hotel through the L'Eixample backstreets (just try getting a
cab after 4am!) in finding even more late night haunts.
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