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Address: C/Sant Pau 65, Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: 93 442 72 63
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10:00 pm - 2:30 am
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Sun - Thu 10:00 pm - 2:30 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 pm - 3:00 am

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very authentic, unchanged in years, Raval Absinthe Bar

nice, authentic and clearly very old and unchanged in years bar. The absinthe is amazing, its old time gritty slighty dirty charm is great. A might visit for an after dinner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2014
Carlisle, United Kingdom

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

nice, authentic and clearly very old and unchanged in years bar. The absinthe is amazing, its old time gritty slighty dirty charm is great. A might visit for an after dinner absinthe or as a warm up to a night out.

1 Thank ollieh88
Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The bar still retains its original character, with the peeling paintwork and authentic dust, however, little is else is done to enforce this image by its current owners. Whilst they were both polite and helpful, I would have liked to have seen a bit more thought gone into keeping up the 'bygone days' charm. The dress code of the bar... More 

1 Thank Shedb0y
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Go here. It is a must. The place clearly hasnt changed its interior since it was built, dusty bottles on the wall, old lights, paint peeling off the ceiling, hot and old furniture. But don't let that put you off. Order an absinthe and a beer. You get all the paraphernalia that goes with an absinthe, but if you don't... More 

1 Thank Lyes F
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

this was once a bar in the heart of the community of the barrio chino, the locals would use this place as a social hub you could find out all sorts of local news. Sadly this is no longer the case the new proprietor opens at 10 in the evening and caters solely for the tourist trade the community has... More 

2 Thank lat k
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

This bar is a legend. It embodies Barcelona's raw side; absinth, in bar in shady Raval. While most tourist end up in the uber-commercial, hipper than hip, bars at the beach, this notorious place is still the real deal. You cannot speak about bars in Barcelona, if you haven't hit a decent absinth bar, and Marsella is probably the mother... More 

Thank Timothy W
Kiato, Greece
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63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This place is really old and proud about this. Established in 1820, hosted many famous artists who were living in Barcelona. The decoration hasn't changed for decades, The bar is full of dusty bottles and old signs, we found even cobwebs! Customers nowdays are mostly young alternative people. Barcelona is a city full of strange bars, if you like exploring,... More 

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Verwood, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Had a lot of trouble finding this place. I didn't realise that it does not even open until 10 pm and when closed it is heavily shuttered up. If you turn up too early there is a great deal of entertainment possible with very friendly young ladies ready to pounce on you in the street outside. If like me you... More 

Thank Alfaman2001
Whitehouse Station
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

I lived in Barcelona for about five months and this was my go to bar. There isn't a whole lot of options for drinks obviously, but the absinthe is authentic and cheap. I met everyone from lowlifes to screenwriters here and it was never a dull night. It was a bar that Hemingway hung out at and still very much... More 

3 Thank Andrew E
Barcelona, Spain
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

Is it possible to make a bar out of a wooden, shabby, dirty room with some cobweb-covered bottles on a shelf and call it a genuine absinthe bar ? In Barcelona, it does work. It even gained fame. I guess many tourist are young and simply naive. Well, when you're drunk already, as the previous commentor advised, it hardly matters,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2006

Going to the marsella is like travelling back in time. i'm sure it hasn't been decorated since It opened hundreds of years ago. Go late - you need to have had a few first. Some people might find it a bit grotty (esp toilets) but the room is amazing - like a living museum. Try the absinthe just or a... More 

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El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic spots in the entire city. A sense of humble authenticity protrudes from the many independent record stores, second hand shops, and student bars that seem to light up the streets day and night. The rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
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