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L'Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample

From outside, this Galician bar might look like it's about to crumble down at any minute – in fact, the sign is falling apart, so you might never even think about crossing the threshold. But take the chance, and at the bar is where you'll find all the action. For one thing, you get a free tapa with your beer! Plus, you can sample dishes made from excellent products and brilliantly executed, including an out-of-this-world Galician octopus and a ridiculously fresh hake – a half order should be enough, and you'll get more value for money as this fish dish is enormous. You'll also be happy with dishes that are more Barcelona's versions of pub grub tapas, such as the Galician tripe, sow's ear, etc. And while you might be iffy about places that have pictures of their dishes on the menu, rest assured this is the exception.

Venue name: O'Retorno
Address: Urgell, 128
Antiga Esquerre de l'Eixample
Opening hours: Mon closed; Tue-Sat 7am-2am; Sun 8am-1am
Transport: Urgell (M: Ll), Hospital Clínic (M: L5)
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