Cheap Barcelona

Enjoy the city for less – low-cost and free things to do and see

Restaurants

Barcelona's best cheap eats

Time Out's top places to eat on a budget in the Catalan capital

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Things to do

Stellar squares

Barcelona boasts hundreds of beautiful squares, and some with food and drink to fit your budget

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Museums

Museums: Free Sundays

Spend the first Sunday of every month soaking in art and culture – without spending a cent

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Bars and pubs

Top bars to drink on the cheap

Our guide to quenching your thirst without breaking the bank

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Bars on a budget

Bars and pubs

Bar Mingus

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 an amazing ensaladilla rusa. And there’s great beer on tap.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bars and pubs

Psycho

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 alongside the excellent sound system.Psycho's clientele is varied, but tattoos and the '50s look abound, with an age range from late-20s to early-40s. The big draw is Psycho's proximity to Apollo, and as it's open daily, it's the perfect place for a pre- or post-concert drink. You might even end up rubbing elbows with some of your favourite band members, as has been the case with Neurosis, Deer Tick and Swing Kids, who have all knocked back a drink or two in Psycho.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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33/45

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.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Piscis

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 Heritage Site. Piscis is a place where no one will hear your screams, be they of joy or of terror, but mainly because the staticky top 40 radio is turned up so loud and every two minutes Ibiza-type house sounds send cats running for the roof. Piscis is not just a bar. It's a mood.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Free art: galleries

Art

ADN

ADN (DNA in English) favours less-established contemporary artists, half of whom are locally based. Collective shows can be hit and miss so far as quality is concerned, but good to check out if you're hungry for raw talent. (It once showed the video work of Alejandro Vidal, later swiped by posher gallery Joan Prats.) ADN supports the worthy social projects of young architect Sergio Cirugeda, who creates ingenious foldable homes that clamp to buildings or nestle in trees.

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Joan Gaspar

One of the more traditional galleries of the city, Joan Gaspar has worked with young but strong artists, and in recent years has exhibited the works of artists from the Paris school from the first half of the 20th century, such as Gaston-Louis Roux and Suzanne Roger, whose works are rarely seen in Spain.

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Art

Trama

Petritxol is a tiny street near the Liceu known for its cafés and chocolate shops, but, despite its size there's room to share with shops and art galleries. One of them is the Galería Trama, set up in 1991 as a complement to Sala Parés and it's dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery works with a group of established artists with a solid body of work as well as with emerging local and foreign artists.

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Art

Marlborough

The Marlborough galleries of Barcelona and Madrid work in cahoots to coordinate and organise exhibitions of the artists they represent in other galleries and private and public institutions. The Marlborough family of galleries was founded in London in 1946 and won prestige in the 1950s for being the first gallery to show the German Expressionists in London. By 1958 Marlborough was representing such artists as Oskar Kokoschka, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Victor Pasmore and Lucian Freud.In 1962 the New York gallery was opened, followed by Tokyo and Madrid. They also have spaces in Chile, Florida, Monaco, Chelsea and, of course, Barcelona, which was inaugurated in 2006.

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Art

Galeria 3 Punts

What you'll mainly find in this Eixample gallery is contemporary art in its many facets (the gallery's 175 square metres makes it suitable for most formats). Special attention is dedicated to new artists as well as those with an already established career. Seven or eight individual exhibitions are programmed per year, and the 3 Punts also takes part in international fairs and collaborates with other national and international galleries.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Art

Joan Prats

Ever since its inception in 1976, Joan Prats has been part of art fairs Arco, Art Basel and Art Basel-Miami Beach. The gallery was one of the city's pioneers in contemporary art and continues to promote the various forms these artists use to express themselves.

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Recommended galleries

Art

Joan Prats

Ever since its inception in 1976, Joan Prats has been part of art fairs Arco, Art Basel and Art Basel-Miami Beach. The gallery was one of the city's pioneers in contemporary art and continues to promote the various forms these artists use to express themselves.

Read more
Art

Trama

Petritxol is a tiny street near the Liceu known for its cafés and chocolate shops, but, despite its size there's room to share with shops and art galleries. One of them is the Galería Trama, set up in 1991 as a complement to Sala Parés and it's dedicated to the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery works with a group of established artists with a solid body of work as well as with emerging local and foreign artists.

Read more
Art

ADN

ADN (DNA in English) favours less-established contemporary artists, half of whom are locally based. Collective shows can be hit and miss so far as quality is concerned, but good to check out if you're hungry for raw talent. (It once showed the video work of Alejandro Vidal, later swiped by posher gallery Joan Prats.) ADN supports the worthy social projects of young architect Sergio Cirugeda, who creates ingenious foldable homes that clamp to buildings or nestle in trees.

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Art

Galeria 3 Punts

What you'll mainly find in this Eixample gallery is contemporary art in its many facets (the gallery's 175 square metres makes it suitable for most formats). Special attention is dedicated to new artists as well as those with an already established career. Seven or eight individual exhibitions are programmed per year, and the 3 Punts also takes part in international fairs and collaborates with other national and international galleries.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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