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
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
Visit the Camp Nou stadium and the FC Barcelona
Snooker – the best bar in Barcelona for a mixed bag
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
Opening hours: 18:00 till 03:00 every day
Telephone: 933 179 760
The Black Lion – a Barcelona first
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
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
Get your tickets for the Camp Nou experience
Sports Bar – big screens and multilingual commentary
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.