Irish Pubs: The Best Craic In Town!

Greats beers, tasty grub, live football and sports on TV, friendly faces, English-speaking staff and even the odd dartboard - it's not a secret formula but you can see why British and Irish pubs are popular the world over. And that great bastion of civilised society can be found in plentiful numbers in Barcelona - so if you're tired of drinking beer from teeny Spanish glasses and hanker for a pint of Guinness, ale or a premium lager then you're in the right city. Indeed many of Barcelona's Irish pubs are actually rather nicer than the ones back on the Emerald Isle, with sun-kissed terraces on romantic plazas complementing beautifully decked-out interiors. Ok, some are more your typical dark and dingy dens of inequity, but even these are brimming with character - and characters! Right enough talk... it's your round.

Above: The sun always shines on the Flaherty's terrace

British & Irish Pubs in Barcelona

Below you'll find a selection of some of the best British/English, Australian and Irish bars anywhere in the Catalan capital; or else go to our drink section and search by 'pub' for even more options.

Flaherty's Irish Pub
Easily one of Barna's best Irish bars, Flaherty's has got it all going for it. A great variety of booze on tap, such as Guinness, Kilkenny and Hoegaarden, an extensive menu of superior snacks and hearty meals, six screens showing every sporting event you can think of, a pool table, and even its own little plaza at the bottom of Las Ramblas - where you can drink in the sun along with your cerveza. Nice and civilised by day, with folk enjoying coffee, newspapers and wifi, or maybe a beer and some sport, by night things heat up considerably with Beer Pong tournaments (Thursdays), Ladies Night (Fridays) and regular parties, live music and special events - all usually accompanied by generous drinks promotions! And if you have no special plans for Sunday be sure to pop down for their homemade roast lunch, served from 1pm.
Placa Joaquim Xirau
+34 93 4126263

The city's oldest Gaelic boozer, open now for twenty years, Shenanigans definitely feels a little more genteel and sophisticated than some of its kin. Maybe it's the old-style partitioned booths? Or could it be the illustrated anthology of Yeats, or the dusty typewriter in the cabinet (along with a set of garden bowls)? Whatever the reason this is a delightfully highbrow place to relax with a pint of Murphys, Guinness, or even Manchester Bitter. And in fact you can put your grey matter to the test against other drinker-thinkers every Thursday during their weekly pub quiz starting at 9pm. Sports fans will also appreciate the five TVs screening the latest action.
C/Marques de Barbera 11
+34 93 4121219

The Wild Rover
If you're the kind of person who likes to 'spend all their money on whiskey and beer' then simply roam across the Ramblas to discover this authentic Irish watering hole. It's got an unbeatable programme of live sports and concerts. The former are shown on a total of eight TVs, including two wall-sized screens, the latter take place every Thursday to Sunday night and get the crowd clapping and stomping along to folk favourites and pop covers. The 16 beers on tap include Guinness (obviously!), Kilkenny, Murphys, Becks, BrewDog Punk IPA, plus you can get a pint of Magners cider too. The burgers are lip-smackingly good and there's plenty of good cheer and good craic amongst the clientele.
C/Santa Monica 2
+34 93 3028485

Belushi's Bar
If you like sports and friendly international faces but don't care if you never see another Leprechaun or Shamrock clover in your life, then you might like Belushi's Bar, which has all the ingredients of great pub (huge TV screens, generous drinks promos, tasty burgers and other lipsmacking grub) minus the cliched symbols of the Emerald Isle. With a youth hostel right above it, expect to find yourself drinking with a young and crazy crowd from all over the world.
C/Bergara 3
+34 93 6674588

Kennedy Irish Sailing Club
A rather refined, wood-panelled Irish pub on the Port Olimpic, Kennedy's is a great place to relax with a Magners or Rekorderlig cider on their summer terrace with maritime views directly over the harbour, and also great to swing by for the big match on their plasma screens and projector (particularly handy if you've been sunbathing on the adjacent beaches during the day but want to sneak off to watch kick off at 4pm!). They like to ramp things up a notch or five at night, so turn up at the witching hour (midnight!) for live music Thursday to Sunday. Their well stocked bar includes lots of tasty draught beers, and more whiskeys than you can get through in a weekend... was that a challenge?
Moll Mestral 26-28
+34 680771462

The Black Horse
It may be English, but you can still have an Irish cider and enjoy the game at the Black Horse. Frequented by locals as well as ex-pats, especially during Barcelona FC matches, the Horse's coup de grace is undoubtedly the street terrace. Find it in the Borne district.
C/Allada Vermell 16

Flann O'Brien
An Irish pub with a real local feel up in Eixample, Flann O'Brien's is well off the beaten track and a good option for anyone who wants the comforts of home without the folk they tried to leave behind.
C/Casanova 264

Hogan's Bar
An Australian pub right on Las Ramblas, Hogan's is a magnet for British stag groups and badly behaved Aussies. Points for the lifesize crocodile and shark head busting out of the wall.
La Rambla 81

Further Reading

Hopefully we've pointed you in the direction of your new favourite hang out. But if not perhaps you'll find it on our article about the best concert venues in Barcelona right here. Meanwhile, if you're not a big Guinness fan perhaps you're more of an aficionado of the fine art of mixology (that's cocktail making to you!)?

You'll find a list of all the best watering holes in the city on this page.

add your comments

@JamesSinclair The Quiet Man has been Shenanigans for a while now... it's still great :-)

reviewed by Duncan from United Kingdom on Dec.22.2017

Quiet Man the winner here for me. Calm and laid back with really great staff. Just a nice place to catch up with people.

reviewed by James Sinclair from United Kingdom on Jan.28.2015

Very pricey and took ages to be served as the members of staff were to busy talking to each other

reviewed by Paddy from United Kingdom on Dec.16.2013

Anyone ever been to the Philharmonic? It's an Irish pub with a mean projector screen that shows the latest football games. I love that place because it is less crowded than some of the more "popular" pubs in town. Plus, you can always find locals there and it is hidden in the Eixample.

reviewed by You Stylish Barcelona from United States on Feb.08.2012

Dunnes is the best Irish pub in this city. Lived here 8 years and this Irish bar is King Creole...

reviewed by Owen O Hara from United States on Sep.30.2011

I'll be staying at the Hotel Princpial on Junta de Comercio in early September.

Ireland have a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia during our stay and I need to find an Irish bar in close proximity to the Hotel that will show the game.

Any advise welcome!! Thanks.

reviewed by Olan from Ireland on Aug.05.2011

Yay St. Patricks day at last!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to get in on the craic and get p@ssed in Barcelona

reviewed by Stephen from Ireland on Mar.17.2011

nice selection of bars!

reviewed by Samir from India on Mar.15.2011

Flahertys definitely my fave although I do have a soft spot for Mollys too

reviewed by Keith from United Kingdom on Feb.04.2011

good pubs in the list! also, you will find the most sport pubs in a new website created days ago!

reviewed by enric from Spain on Jan.03.2011

Flaherty's is a great place to spend a fun night.
They offer cheap beer and good food,
and also the possibility to play some snooker.
A great place to spend an evening with good friends!

reviewed by Andrew from United Kingdom on Dec.06.2010

Watched Leinster KICK Munsters arse on a screen as big as my house in dunnes irish bar in Barcelona. life doesnt get any better than this.

reviewed by Joe from Ireland on Oct.03.2010

Hi Hogans Pub.

I cant find you on the web (assuming you havent yet got a webpage) can you please confirm you will be showing the grand final on Saturday from 5:30am (ish) I can bring some friends to fill the bar if this helps? Fingers Crossed


reviewed by Kezz from Australia on Sep.22.2010

I liked dunnes on via laietana most of all. nice staff, good location and good atmosphere all round really! Dont always do the Irish bar thing in barcelona but sometimes it is just nice to relax and this place works for me and friends

reviewed by Patricia from Spain on Sep.22.2010

Will you be showing the AFL grand final live on Saturday morning, please?

reviewed by geoff sandler from Australia on Sep.17.2010

My favourite of the Irish pubs in Barcelona is Dunnes Irish Bar on Laietanna which has a great atmosphere and is great for watching sports of any kind or just chilling with a good well poured pint of Guinness. Great steaks also if you fancy a bite to eat. Another good Irish pub is O Flahertys off the Ramblas.

reviewed by Mauro from Spain on Sep.16.2010

I think there are more Irish pubs in Barcelona than there are in Dublin! But I don't mind because I love Guinness and there's always a good mix of people from around the world

reviewed by Lisandro from Argentina on Jan.12.2010

I love Ryans! Plus they have a great pub crawl on Tuesdays and Thursdays

reviewed by Brad from United States on Jun.24.2009

So what's the best Irish/British pub in Barcelona? Feel free to give your esteemed opinion below...

reviewed by The Editor from Spain on May.25.2009