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.
Placa Joaquim Xirau
+34 93 4126263
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 (they boast the city's longest happy hour, until midnight! Get your hands on a bucket of 6 beers for just €10) 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.
+34 93 6674588
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 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
Run by the same experienced management team at Flaherty's (see above), Shenanigans 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. Twenty beers on the menu, some classic pub grub and snacks, and friendly international service.
C/Marques de Barbera 11
+34 93 4121219
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 Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018, when it comes 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 near Marina metro station in Poblenou.
The George Payne
This Irish pub is located just by Urquinaona metro station and is a decent place in town for watching live sports on TV. A large 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
This glamorous and friendly international bar just off Plac Universitat is right in the centre of town and, whilst you won't find Women's Kickboxing or the Kabbadi World Cup being screened, you'll find the biggest events, such as Champion's League and La Liga Football matches televised on a huge projector downstairs. Just call ahead to check they are screening your game.
Sports Bar Rambles
A classic case of does what it says on the tin, this venue is centrally located on Las Ramblas and has 16 big high definition screens (plus one giant one!), so you needn't miss a moment of the English Premiership, La Liga, Bundesliga, Champions League Finals, Superbowl, NBA, NFL, NHL or whatever other sweaty pursuit you can't get enough of. Grrrr! During the big tournaments, like the World Cup (next up 2018) or European Football Championships, Sports Bar Rambles screen every single match, and - by the miracles of modern technology - they will also have both English and Spanish commentary segregated by area. Catering mainly to tourists, it's not always as lively as some of the other venues on this page it's a good choice if you want to chill and watch the game.
La Rambla dels Caputxins 31
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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.