Barcelona’s Irish Pubs
Enjoying the craic in the Catalan capital
By Duncan Rhodes
You’re a long way from Dublin, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great pint of Guinness and meet some friendly, like-minded, drinkers and thinkers. We reveal the best of Barcelona’s Irish, British and international boozers.
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 needn’t go thirsty in the Catalan capital.
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 needn’t go thirsty in the Catalan capital.
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!
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The Best 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.
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
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
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
Another fantastic international bar, CocoVail is an American style beer hall centrally located near the bottom of the Passeig de Gracia. Hefty trestle-style tables, high definition TV screens, spicy hot wings and a casual, friendly crowd mean it more than deserves its place on this page – despite a lack of Guinness on tap! No worries though, the 24 Catalan craft beers will give drinkers plenty of delicious options to wet the whistle.
+34 93 7822479
5. Obama Gastropub
This English gastropub has been decked out in African colonial style. Almost every square inch of its wood-panelled walls is covered with black and white photos of lions, crocodiles, tribal warriors, British officers and other memorabilia for those times. Just half a block away from the thriving Passeig de Gracia, Obama is ideally located for a post-sightseeing or shopping pint, and their extensive food menu has something for everyone, from pizza and pasta to prize steaks. Eight high definition TVs screen football and other major sports, while live bands drop by on a nightly basis from 11pm.
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes 603
6. Michael Collins
This atmospheric pub, named after the Irish revolutionary, is found near Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia church, so if you find climbing those towers has brought on a bit of thirst, then you can pop over the road for a little quencher. The dark interior suits a winter drinking session more than a hot summer’s day, but there’s usually some friendly folk inside, whatever the weather.
Plaça de la Sagrada Familia 4
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
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
9. 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.
10. Hogan’s Bar
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.
About the Author
Duncan established Barcelona Life in 2009, whilst freelancing for the likes of Conde Nast, The Guardian, Easyjet Magazine, CNN Traveller and many more. From interviews with Ferran Adria to revealing the secrets of the city’s poetry brothels, he knows the city inside out… and shares all his best tips right here.