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Crewe
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Bars

Which areas are best to have a drink in apart from the Ramblas area? I am staying at Hotel Vueling. Will any bars show the horse racing as it is the Cheltenham Festival while I am in Barcelona.

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Shrewsbury
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1. Re: Bars

There are bars everywhere. La Ramblas is probably the worst place to have a drink unless you really have no regard for money.

I would think that your best chance of seeing English horse racing will be in an Irish Bar. There are several. There are a couple on Carrer de Ferran near the entrance to Placa Reial. I've never noticed a local interest in horse racing but could be wrong.

Regarding where to drink, kind of depends upon what you want. There are bars to suit most tastes. Not much point sending you to a poncy cocktail bar if you're after real ales or to be surrounded by fairies. That's the Tinkerbell type, BTW, before people get the wrong impression.

Crewe
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2. Re: Bars

Just after a few nice local bars away from the Ramblas but still quite lively. Thanks for your reply.

Shrewsbury
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3. Re: Bars

Lively. Tricky. Places can be lively at different times.

Here's a few of my favourites:

Bar Jai-ca - Carrer Ginebre, Barceloneta - closed Monday. Lucky to get a seat in the main bar on the corner opposite the fruit stall, unless you're there at 12 noon when it opens.

La Succarena - Carrer de la Merce, Barri Gotic - Asturian-style sidra (cider) bar with appaling toilets. You should drink the cider and eat the chorizo el diablo with pa amb tomaquet.

Bar Celta - same street - a classic tapas bar still used by locals. You can go in for drinks but won't be able to resist the food.

Cat Bar Cat - Carrer de la Bòria (near Jaume 1 metro) - odd mixture of craft beers and vegan food. The food looked good though we didn't try it. Excellent selection of beers and a few decent ciders too.

La Cervesita - Carrer Llull, Poblenou - a bit further out, this. Closed Mondays. Slightly academic feel to this place that specialises in craft beers from around the world. Worth the metro ride for beer lovers.

And there's the place whose name I never remember and which I haven't been to for a few years on Carrer Joaquin Costa in upper Raval. It's nearer the Rambla de Raval end and is notable by having a larger than life fat lady standing on the bar. It only opens in the evenings and is near invisible when closed.

Or just find your own. Like I said, there are loads.

Mtwapa, Kenya
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4. Re: Bars

If you want an area where you can sample a variety of bars in close proximity, try Passeig del Born in front of the wonderful Santa Maria del Mar in the heart of the Born district. It is lined with bars (including the timeless Miramelindo which I haven't been in for a couple of years but then it hadn't changed in the 25 years since I first went in, famous for its Mojitos), cafes and restaurants and the streets that radiate out from it also have many goods bars and restaurants. Gimlet (small, minimalist, seriously professional cocktails) is just around the corner.

Barcelona, Spain
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5. Re: Bars

pandachris2,

could it be Granja de Gava?

I had not been in carrer Joaquim Costa for a long time and few months ago when I passed by there i discovered that it was full of bars.

Shrewsbury
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6. Re: Bars

It is Granja de Gava. Thanks, slatkin. We always have so much to do when in Barcelona that spending much time in bars is not a high priority. If we decided we're thirsty or need a few minutes rest we often go in the first place we like the look of. It seldom takes long and we're seldom disappointed. We went in a couple of nice places in El Call last month but I couldn't tell you what they were called.

Liverpool
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7. Re: Bars

Can't believe you didn't mention Vendimia...;)

I've used Les Tapes on Placa Regomir for years, very basic but always get treated well.

La Cerveteca just up from Vendimia on C/Gignas usually has some beers on tap and loads of bottles.

Ale & Hop has decent craft beer and vegetarian food (i think) and its on C/ Bases de Sant Pere.

Cerveceria Jazz in Poble Sec also has decent beer as well and is close to loads of cheaper places.

Wine wise, Bar Zim near Placa Sant Jaume and La Vinya del Senyor are favourites of mine.

As Chris says, irish bars will be your best bet for horse racing, and yes loads of cheap bars also everywhere in Barcelona along side some bleeding expensive ones.

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