Watching Live Sports in Barcelona
You've just touched down in Barcelona, and whilst you know you should be taking advantage of the nice weather and go and see some Gaudi, or at least take a token stroll around the Barri Gotic, the fact is the big game is on - and there's no way in hell you're going to miss it! If only you can find it...
That's where your sports-loving amigos at Barcelona Life come in handy, because whether it's the Euros, the next World Cup, the Champions League, El Clasico, a crunch fixture in the Premiership, or the FA Cup final we're desperate to see it too. And that's just the football! As for Formula 1, the Six Nations rugby or the Cricket World Cup, suffice to say we'd rather be in the pub catching all the action than on the beach getting burnt.
Naturally a city of Barcelona's size has plenty of great bars and pubs for catching live sports on TV, and without doubt every kebab house and shabby neighbourhood joint will be screening Barca games. But if you're an American feeling lost without somewhere to watch the Superbowl, an Englishman missing Wimbledon tennis, or any other international sport, then a good bet is to drop by either one of the city's many Irish bars, or one of the specialist sports bars dotted around town.
We've compiled a shortlist of our favourites, so check below for some of the best places to catch the big match live...
Above: Enjoying some pre-game beers and burgers.
Barcelona Sports Bars & Pubs
Flaherty's Irish Bar
You'll be hard pressed to find a pub more committed to sport than Flaherty's, which on top of screening every English Premiership game of the season also shows the Rugby Six Nations, Golf Ryder Cup, Formula 1 Racing, major Ice Hockey tournaments and boxing contests and much more on their seven TVs (including two king-size projectors). Got a special request? Well call ahead and they'll do their best to show it. Friendly staff, lip-smacking pub grub and a range of ales, beers and stouts on tap make Flaherty's a close second to being in the stadium. Located in a quiet square just off Las Ramblas.
Placa Joaquim Xirau
Recently refitted this international bar now boasts 10 HD plasma TVs, and three giant projector screens, bringing you the latest sporting action from America, Australia, the UK and beyond. Bookmark this spot if you want to see the best of the NFL (every Sunday), NHL and NBA, as well as the latest from the worlds of baseball, rugby, cricket and aussie rules. This being one of the world's most football-crazy cities, naturally there's plenty of soccer action too, particularly from La Liga, the Premier League and Champions League. All crunch matches, such as play offs, derbies, finals and special events etc, are televised with English commentary... and with plenty of drinks promos behind the bar you can expect a raucous atmosphere to go with the occasion. For those who like to combine game day with a bite to eat, their kitchen offers up a mean burger and fries, along with plenty of tasty salads and wraps if you're working on your bikini body. Find it a stone's throw from Placa Catalunya, at the top of Las Ramblas.
The Wild Rover
Another very centrally located haven of all things sporting, you can find this homely wood-panelled Irish pub at the bottom of Las Ramblas, where it screens not only the Spanish and English football, but also the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1, and both the Champions League and Europa League, on its two giant projectors and six large plasma screen TVs. Those with green blood running through their veins can also catch all the action from the Gaelic Athletics Association. Rounding off their complete programme is televised rugby, basketball, tennis, boxing and UFC fights, plus F1 and Moto GP racing.
C/Santa Monica 2
Run by the same winning team at Flaherty's (see above), Shenanigans is one of Barcelona's most charismatic Irish pubs and screens action from major tournaments of all denominations, and of course the best of the Spanish football league and the EPL. They've got a sizeable back room, segregated from the main bar, where you can view one TV, whilst along the main area another four high definition screens are mounted up high for easy viewing. With twenty beers on the menu, some classic pub grub and snacks, and friendly international service, be prepared to make this your second home during the World Cup 2018. The pub is very central, just a minute's walk off Las Ramblas, in Raval.
C/Marques de Barbera 11
Looking for the number one place to watch the NFL in Barcelona? You may have just found it! One of the city's best craft beer bars, this American-style beer hall screens the best match ups from the National Football League every Sunday during the season, with drinks and food promos starting at 7pm. Come down as the mercury rises during the play offs all the way to the Superbowl. It's not just about gridiron though, CocoVail screens NBA, NHL and MLB on its three large screens, as well as international sports, including big soccer games like El Clasico and the Champions League Final (because who wants to miss them!?). Love college sports? Then you're in the right place, as they screen college football and basketball including all the mayhem of 'March Madness'. No wonder US Erasmus students love this place so much.
Sonora Sports Tavern
A big studenty beer hall with huge screens, Sonora is a great place to watch Barca in action and other La Liga matches and will be a certainty for all Spain games during World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020, when they come around. However call ahead to check what other games and sports events they screen as Sonora mostly caters for locals - and how England are doing in the cricket may not be of much concern to them (scandal!). Located in between Marina and Bogatell metro stations in Poblenou.
Kennedy's Irish Sailing Club
Not the exclusive members-only club full of white-suited captains and admirals that the name suggests, but a beautifully decked out Irish pub on the Port Olimpic marina perfect for catching the game in. The friendly staff will show almost anything you like on their two projectors and three plasma screens and if you fancy mixing sporting action with a day at the beach then Kennedy's location is just about perfect. They also have a great terrace overlooking the harbour. Some of the venues either side of it aren't the best, especially at night, but if you can get past that it's a fine locale for enjoying a game.
Moll de Mestral 26
The George Payne
This Irish pub is located just by Urquinaona metro station and is another great place in town for watching live sports on TV. A vast projector screen in the back room relays the action (albeit not in high definition) as the crowds lay into the pints and bar snacks. Get there well ahead of kick off if you don't want to be left outside, as it can get crowded, especially for Barca matches.
Placa Urquinaona 5
Watching Sports Live
If you prefer to watch live at the stadium, court or trackside than in the pub, then you can read more about various events in our article on sports in Barcelona, can click here to find out how to buy tickets to Barcelona FC matches at Camp Nou, or check our page about attending the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix.