Top bars to drink on the cheap

Our guide to quenching your thirst without breaking the bank

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Bar Ramon

Bar Ramon

When you find yourself wandering around Barcelona, hankering for a drink yet all you find in your pockets is a bit of lint and the shrapnel that is the copper-coloured coins, don't fret. You can still quench that thirst with our guide to bars where you can drink on a budget.

Bar Mingus

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

The Mingus is just as much of a rarity among the tourist bars in the Gothic quarter as the black jazz musician Charles Mingus was, a man who dared to play a white man’s instrument back in the day. Compared to all the plastic tapas in the surrounding bars, the Mingus produces tasty meatballs and

  1. Comtessa de Sobradiel, 9, Gòtic, 08002
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Psycho

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Named for the song by the Sonics, Psycho is a rock and roll bar that ticks all the boxes: red bar and walls, posters of The Who, The Dead Boys and Mystery Train; stickers of Black Flag, Shaft, Route 66, 13th Floor Elevators, Motorhead and Misfits; and a small back room where you can dance and sweat

33/45

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

A modern and stylish bar that has a wide rest area with comfortable chairs and sofas; a perfect place to chat with friends for hours.

Piscis

  • Rated as: 4/5

Another kitsch bar reminiscent of those in post-Transition Spanish films. The aesthetic code is from another dimension, a jumble of paintings, disturbing objects hanging from the ceiling, graffiti, grotesque figurines, velvet curtains...  The décor itself is enough to make the place a World

68

  • Rated as: 3/5

Bar 68 is a strange, delightful hole in the wall. Surrounded by Pakistani markets, shady cybercafés, and prostitutes and toothless junkies who come and go, it's not exactly a place where you'd see Carrie Bradshaw ordering cosmos. If I had to label Bar 68's style, it would Raval pop - a general

Bar Ramon

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

This epicentre of good beer on tap, the best tapas and superlative rock music closed its doors for a while following persistent complaints from neighbours. But rest easy - Bar Ramon is back, with top-notch soundproofing.The big surprise is that after such a complete refurbishment, everything is the

  1. Comte Borrell, 81, Eixample Esquerre, 08015
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Gran Bodega Saltó

  • Rated as: 4/5

La Saltó is a pioneering venue that has helped to turn Poble Sec into one of the liveliest districts in the city. And even though their opening hours are more night-time bar than local shop, neighbours often drop by in the evening to fill up their jugs of wine from the barrels. But the wine is not

Taverna Blai Tonight

  • Rated as: 4/5

This place grabs you for two reasons - one's right on the sign and the other isn't. The sign reads, 'Specialising in tapas and pintxos'. And special is just what they are. The pintxos are scrumptious and varied, hot and cold, assorted omelettes and croquettes, sausage with caramelised onions,

Bar Centre Gallec de Barcelona

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Critics choice

If you're wandering exhausted along the Ramblas and looking for somewhere to rest your feet, this place is ideal: It’s a 120-year-old bar that offers delicious menus, inexpensive beers and a cosy atmosphere.

La Casa de la Pradera

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Casa de la Pradera is a friendly local gay bar with a varied clientele and a fun, relaxed atmosphere. They serve good beer and a free tapa with every drink. On Friday and Saturday nights they have a DJ, while in the evening there’s always a fun, lively atmosphere at the bar.