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C/Sant Pau 65, Barcelona, Spain (El Raval)
93 442 72 63
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Ranked #68 of 710 Nightlife in Barcelona
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Nightlife
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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London, United Kingdom
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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

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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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

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Kiato, Greece
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 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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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

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Whitehouse Station
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20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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

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Barcelona, Spain
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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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