Irish Pubs: Pure Guinness
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 civilized society that is the Irish pub can be found in plentiful numbers in Barcelona - so if you're tired of drinking beer from a 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
Below you'll find a selection of some of the best British/English, Australian and Irish bars in Barcelona; or else go to our drink section and search by 'pub'.
British & Irish Pubs in Barcelona
P. Flaherty's Irish Pub
Easily one of Barcelona's best Irish bars, Paddy 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! Deservedly popular.
Placa Joaquim Xirau
+34 (93) 4126263
The Quiet Man
The city's oldest Gaelic boozer, open now for twenty years, The Quiet Man 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. There's also a small but delectable menu of tavern grub, five TVs screening the latest sports action and great live music every Friday and Saturday nights... plus twice monthly Celtic jam sessions (every other Monday).
C/Marques de Barbera 11
+34 93 4121219
The Loch Inn
Slightly out of tourist town, and some would say better for it, The Loch Inn is a Scottish boozer which has succeeded in attracting a nice mix of expats and locals into its welcoming folds. The eclectic beer selection is excellent, with Estrella Galicia, Leffe, Franziskaner and Budva on tap, whilst a small menu of comfort classic (like chicken curry and steak and ale pie) staves off the belly rumbles. There's a Monday Quiz night and regular darts competitions, amongst other goings-on.
Passeig de Sant Joan 74
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.
+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
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
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.
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