English pub with sports and live music
Photos of zulu warriors, deadly-looking tribal spears, colourful ethnic carvings and proud portraits of moustachioed gents with a chestful of medals (even if one suspects they were given for all the wrong reasons) complete the British Africa theme of this gastropub on the Gran Via, just off Passeig de Gracia.
Obama is a fine looking pub, with several distinct spaces. Follow the curved wooden stairs up to a relatively secluded mezzanine level and order an exotic cocktail for you and your date, or head downstairs with a group of mates into a plushly upholstered basement with three HD TVs screening sports.
The main room has a mix of high and low seating, as any good pub should have, while the bar area has more wall-mounted TVs for enjoying the game. There are 8 screens in total, so you can enjoy a view from almost any spot in the venue.
The food menu, as you might expect from a gastropub, is extensive. Whether you’re in the mood for burgers, burritos, pizzas or salads, there’s plenty to whet the appetite. The mains also include classic English fish and chips, and beef tenderloin steak from Galicia.
Drinks-wise and you can choose from five draught beers (Moritz, Guinness, Murphy’s, Paulaner and Heineken), as well as another twenty odd bottled beers and ciders (including Brew Dog and Magners). The cocktail menu shouldn’t be ignored, where house specials include the Fire Mai Tai, with spicy dark rum and fresh passion fruit, and the Fidji Banana, made with rum, coconut, banana and Madgascan walnuts.
More than just a beer-touting boozer, Obama hosts live music every night of the week from 11pm to 2am.