Bars, restaurants and cafés are not hard to come by in Barcelona, however everyone enjoys something a little differnet or out of the ordinary at times. Whether it’s heading back in time to a different era, transporting yourself to a differnet country or even being part of your favourite film! Here’s a list of our top picks of themed bars, restaurants and cafés in Barcelona – there really is something for everyone!
El Bosc de les Fades
Get lost in the enchanting forest that is El Bosc de les Fades. This fantasy-forest themed café/bar will make you feel as if you just fell into a fairytale, surrounded by leafy trees and mythical creatures whilst you enjoy a delicious coffee or if you prefer – a minty mojito! El Bosc de les Fades, which literally translates to ‘The forest of fairies’, can be found when entering the Museu de Cera, Barcelona’s famous wax museum. If you’re looking to experience something magical in somewhere out of the ordinary, this is the place for you – it’s hard to believe this hidden gem is just a short walk from La Rambla!
Passatge Banca 5, 08002 Barcelona
Take a ride to Long Island back in the 1920’s whilst enjoying a refreshing cocktail and a gourmet menu. Inspired by F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, the eponymous Gatsby Restaurant is a unique venue where you can be entertained by unforgettable live performances from burlesque to live jazz bands. A high-end establishment, Gatsby Restaurant offers a fine-dining experience featuring a range of delectable dishes drawing on flavours from all over the globe, and of course, delicious cocktails to wash it all down with. So get your gladrags on and enjoy the avant-garde experience of a lifetime, after all, a little party never killed nobody…
Carrer Tuset 19-2, 08006 Barcelona
Get your bucket hats and parkas ready for this one as you head towards the Mancunian music scene, in the heart of Barcelona. Located in the quirky Gothic Quarter, Manchester Bar’s front is decorated with the iconic black and yellow stripes of the Haçienda, an old Mancunian club from the 80s and 90s. Here, you can enjoy the drink of your choice whilst jamming to the likes of The Stone Roses, Joy Division and Happy Mondays. Loved by locals and tourists (including Mancunians!) alike, a trip to this little gem is definitely worth it, not just for the cultural education for but also for the ridiculously cheap drinks!
Carrer de Milans 5, 08002 Barcelona
Everybody knows that Barcelona is a football mad city, so it’s no surprise that there’s a bar entirely dedicated to the sport: enter, Futballárium. With memorabilia plastered on every wall, this much-loved establishment is any football lover’s dream! Futballárium is a family-owned business and a relaxed venue where you can enjoy delicious food and a wide range of beers, whilst of course enjoying whatever live football is showing at the time of your visit! Situated in the Les Corts district, just a couple of steps away from FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, this is not one you want to miss if you’re into football! …If basketball is more to your fancy, however, check out the NBA café, located on La Rambla.
Carrer de Benavent 7, 08028 Barcelona
Bollocks Rock Bar
If rock & roll, heavy metal and juicy burgers (including veggie and vegan ones) are to your liking, then this is the place for you! Situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Bollocks Rock Bar is a great joint to grab some cheap drinks and something yummy to eat whilst listening to the likes of Guns ‘n’ Roses, Iron Maiden and many more. This bar has colourful (to say the least) décor and graffiti plastered all over its walls, adding to the true rock & roll ambience.
Carrer Ample 46, 08002 Barcelona
Situated in the trendy El Born neighbourhood, Bernie’s American diner brings the USA to Barcelona! Here, you can expect flavoursome dishes such as grilled meats, juicy ribs and gourmet burgers – all of which can be washed down with one of their signature ‘special shakes’. Or if you have more of a sweet tooth, their fluffy American pancakes are to die for! Bernie’s diner brings retro diner décor, incredible food and hip music together, to make a perfect place to meet with friends, enjoy a coffee or cocktail at any hour of the day and experience traditional flavours of America!
Via Laietana 20 | Loc. 1, 2 y 3, 08003 Barcelona
Unsurprisingly, there are not many places in Barcelona where you find yourself in subzero temperatures. However, if this is something you think you may fancy, take a trip to IceBarcelona, a bar which does exactly what it says on the tin. Relax with a cocktail in icy surroundings that maintain a temperature of -5ºC (20ºF), complete with elaborate ice sculptures. Don’t worry about being cold or ruining your party outfit, as your ticket price includes a warm coat, gloves and a drink (vital for warming your heart, of course). IceBarcelona first opened its doors in 2007 and has been a hit amongst both tourists and locals ever since. The strangest but most amazing part about it is that the subzero fun is in fact located on the beach!
Passeig Maritim de la Barceloneta 38 A, 08005 Barcelona
Polaroid Retro Bar
Take a nostalgic trip to Polaroid in the Gothic Quarter, where the 80s and 90s are very much still alive! A night where cocktails are constantly flowing and retro tunes fill the air. The bar is filled with VHS tapes, old movie posters and action figure displays based on 80s and 90s music, movies and video games. The bar often holds special events such as film screenings and quiz nights – a true blast from the past!
Carrer Còdols 29, 08002 Barcelona