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$7 - $15
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Late Night, Drinks
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Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar

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El Raval
0.2 miles from Las Ramblas
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Reviewed January 18, 2020 via mobile

We had the rudest experience in this bar. One of us asked for a menu, which was then almost thrown at us. When we asked for another (we were four people), the bartender said people usually ordered absinthe. We still asked for the menu, but...before we even finished the sentence the waiter had left. He came back with another menu, and we asked for three coffees and a Gin and tonic. He carelessly told us he wouldn’t take the order as they didn’t make coffee at that time. He seemed rather annoyed with us since we didn’t just order absinthe, so we ended up leaving.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

This is another bar that was frequented by Picasso, Dalí, Hemingway and Gaudí. Being the oldest bar in Barcelona, it immediately transfers you into the atmosphere of the past. I liked the stained glass and the general look. The ceiling could be fixed in my...opinion, but I assume they are keeping it ruined on purpose. Woody Allen shot a couple of scenes here for his “Vicky Christina Barcelona” film. In the tradition of this place, I took absinthe, the rest took cocktails that were pretty good. The only thing is that service was pretty bad. When we sat at the table (told so by the bartender), we were not given menus and ignored for quite a long time until we got up and grabbed the menus ourselves. The waiter who brought our drinks, was grumpy. Other than that, an interesting spot.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 23, 2019

Great atmosphere, friendly staff. Learnt how to drink absinthe correctly. Also serve a great sangria. Recommended for a visit with a difference.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 8, 2019

Loved this bar, which first opened its doors in 1820. I felt like Gaudi, Picasso or Hemingway could have drunk at our table! A must do Barcelona experience.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 2, 2019

Whoa! I have never been anywhere like this bar before. So old and barely touched and not updated at all. Still the way it was from the 1820's. You must have an absinthe but beware having 2 or 3 will get ya feeling a bit...loopy. The bartender showed us how to pour the water over the sugar cube and it was really cool. Was pretty empty being we went early in the evening- around 730-8 pm but got our night started off and we got some great pictures.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

Ok this is a dive if there ever was one. You might wonder why the 5 stars we gave. It is a place from another time literally. I doubt it has been painted in the last century even. But that is it's calling card and...charm. You have come to here to drink the quintessential absinthe. They will even teach how to consume it. It has a desired taste, much like licorice, but drink one regardless. With all that said you have to stop in to understand the stars we give. We drank here with our cousins that now live in Barcelona and that just add to the moment.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019

This place is like walking back in time. Apparently Dali and Picasso used to be regulars here. The absinthe is nice, but just a bit of warning, that stuff is strong!!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed July 16, 2019 via mobile

I really doubt that Hemingway, Orwell, Dali, Gaudi, Miro or Picasso were regulars in this bar. The bar looks original and it would seem that very little restoration has taken place. The charm is in the random floor tiles, mirrors that have lost their luster,...chandeliers amid flaking painted ceilings, old bottles of various booze in cabinets and the straight talking bar staff. This is a basic bar that exudes character with its tired grandeur and interesting clientele. If you are a real drinker get in there early (anytime between 7pm and 10pm) and stay for a few hours.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

This place is just WOW! From 1820's. It's said that legends like Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Hemingway, Gaudi etc used to hang here. This place is history, such an epic vibe! Cool waiters, ancient interior, no music, loud discussions, cool people...And then the whole mysical...ritual of absinthe.... A MUST!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed June 18, 2019

Do you want to transport back in time while in Barcelona, if so...come here! It's easy to imagine what stories these well worn confines could tell. I suggest you create your own. The bartenders are exceptional, just watch them: twisting liquors cascading down the classic...stirring stick, smoking coals under glass...you get the picture. Even when the bar is packed, they create their mixology magic. Now the real magic: ABSINTHE!! Though I really don't care for the taste, I love the history, allure, mystery, and effect of this curious potion. It's a must! It's like playing The Old Course when you are in St Andrews...A MUST! The technique of pouring water over a sugar cube on top of your absinthe shortens your bucket list. As the bar filled with patrons, my wife and I noticed an abundance of young people. At 61 and 58, we scanned the 100+ patrons only to find one gentleman close to our age. This is not a problem, but a curiosity. I don't know if there was anybody even over 30! When chatting with the mgr while he took a smoke break, we surmised that if you are a hipster visiting Barcelona, you really aren't a 'hipster' unless you have a drink or seven at Bar Marsella. At 199 years old, July 2020 should prove to be quite the anniversary, even though the manager whose in charge of the celebration, doesn't have any idea what they'll be doing...besides drinking and camaraderie. You may have read, this magical place is located in a part of town with many characters, so watch you wallet. A shape elbow to the chest and some strong curse words caused our would-be-pickpocket to fade into the shadows. Enjoy the weathered floor, deteriorating ceiling, cobwebs, dust covered bottles and musty energy...you won't regret it or forget it!!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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