Finding the best bar to watch football in a city as obsessed with the sport as Barcelona can be a tricky conundrum. Some fans are looking for giant television screens and comfortable seating, while others want to be surrounded by faithful Barcelona fans (known as culés) for an authentic experience. Still others are looking for a place where they can watch the game with friends who may not be as interested in football, and so need other forms of entertainment. Never fear, Barcelona has a huge selection of bars, and there’s surely one that’s right for you on game day.
La Taverna de Barcelona – for a true-blue (and red) Barça experience
Does your blood run blue and red? Seek out La Taverna de Barcelona, just around the corner from Plaça Catalunya. This beautiful 1930s-style bar-restaurant is an ideal place to enjoy a game with local culés. Offering tapas and mostly Spanish beers, the 2-floor bar, covered in local memorabilia, is a great spot to catch a match. There are two 40-inch screens on the first floor and three more on the ground floor. Dedicated blaugrana fans should watch the game upstairs where you can sing along to FC Barcelona’s anthem at the opening and closing of the game.
Address: Ronda Universitat, 37
Getting there: Metro Plaça Catalunya ,
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 07:00till 02:00, Saturday – Sunday 07:00 to 03:00
Telephone: 933 017 653
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Snooker – the best bar in Barcelona for a mixed bag
You adore your football, but your friends/significant other/family/travel companions don’t. The best compromise for such a group is Snooker, in the middle of Barcelona’s L’Eixample neighbourhood. With its elegant, dimly lit ambience, red velvet chairs and round oak tables, Snooker is far from a traditional sports bar and its varied cocktail menu will suit everyone, whatever their favourite tipple.
This bar is a win-win, boasting three rooms with 50-inch big screens and five billiards tables for friends with no interest in who scored what goal. But be warned, you should reserve a table for big games in advance.
Address: Roger de Llùria, 42
Getting there: Metro Girona or Passeig de Gràcia ,
Opening hours: 18:00 till 03:00 every day
Telephone: 933 179 760
The Black Lion – a Barcelona first
Visit the oldest English pub in town, the Black Lion. The pub shows Barça matches as well as games with other popular Spanish teams like Real Madrid, Zaragoza, and Betis. Choose from a wide selection of local and imported beers on draught and an even wider range of imported and artisan bottled beer, not to mention a fair selection of cocktails available for non-beer drinkers. If you’re looking for healthy fare, or traditional local eats, you might want to snack elsewhere. The menu is mainly made up of the deep-fried food affectionately known as pub-grub.
Address: Evarist Arnús 70, Barcelona
Getting there: Metro Les Corts or Plaça del Centre
Opening hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 19:00 till 01:00, Thursday 19:00 to 02:00, Friday – Saturday 19:00 till 03:00, and Sunday 19:00 to midnight. Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: 934 903 384
7 Sins – eat, drink and watch football in sinfully luxurious surroundings
Settle back into comfortable leather sofas and cosy up to a perfectly prepared gin and tonic before the game in 7 Sins. Get there ahead of time to secure the best spot, and savour a gourmet hamburger or a freshly prepared salad before you cheer your team to victory.
For a relaxed game-watching experience with a menu full of international food and drink, this is your bar for Champion’s League and La Liga football games. And if you’re hungry for a post-game snack, the kitchen is open until midnight. Score!
Address: C/Muntaner 7
Getting there: Metro Universitat ,
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday open from 18:00 till late, kitchen open until midnight
Telephone: 934 536 445
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Sports Bar – big screens and multilingual commentary
Enjoy the game on any one of Sports Bar’s 19 high-definition screens or its two oversized screens while listening to the commentary in English or Spanish. While you watch, tweet or Facebook your own commentary using the bar’s free Wi-Fi, order a snack from the kitchen, open from noon to midnight. The menu is packed with popular but less-than-authentic dishes from many different cuisines, from pizzas and spring rolls to fajitas.
Later on, if you need a break from all the football drama, sneak away for a round of pool, darts, foosball or Xbox.
Address: C/Rambla dels Caputxins 31
Getting there: Metro Liceu and Drassanes
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 18:00 till 01:00, food served from noon to midnight
Telephone: 933 017 507
If none of these bars take your fancy, or if they’re further away from your accommodation than you would prefer, then do as the locals do and seek out a small neighbourhood bar near your Barcelona apartment. You can’t count on big screens, but cheap tapas and beers are likely. Remember to arrive at least 30 minutes before the game to snag a table, or chances are you’ll have to stand.