Top 5 Hidden Bars in Barcelona
We all know the Arc de Triomf, Las Ramblas, and Parc Güell, but sometimes the best places are the ones that no one really knows about, and there are so many hidden gems in the city that are very secret. Speakeasy bars became popular in the US during the Prohibition era. At that time, it was illegal to sell alcoholic beverages, which resulted in people getting creative and establishing hidden bars. There are still a lot of hidden bars scattered through the city. In this article, we will dive into the top 5 hidden bars in Barcelona.. make sure to keep it on the down-low!
#1 El Paradiso / Pastrami Bar
This pastrami bar located in the trendy Born district looks like a casual lunch café in which you can enjoy some tasty pastrami sandwiches, but it is way more than that.. Finding El Paradiso is an adventure in itself because you have to go through the FRIDGE door from the café. Once you step through the fridge, you will be greeted with a super chic bar that has a wide range of cocktails. Cocktails are served in the most extravagant way, such as jars of smoke or treasure chests. We guarantee that your mind will be blown after your visit.
Opening hours: everyday from 7PM – 2:30AM (3AM on Friday and Saturday)
Address: Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona
#2 Bobby’s Free
Another one of our favourite speakeasies. From the outside, Bobby’s Free looks like your everyday barbershop. Even when you walk in you won’t see any bottles or bar stools. You have to provide the ‘barbers’ with the secret password to enter. With the classic 1920s prohibition vibe, you can’t love it there. They have an extremely extensive Gin & Tonic list, so make sure to visit if you’re a G&T fan. Also, you have to try their specialised cocktails, some say they’re the best in Barcelona. Located in the Urquinaona area, this hidden bar is easily accessible to everyone. Don’t forget to check their website for constantly changing passwords!
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 7:30pm-3:00am
Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 85, 08010 Barcelona
This is probably one of Barcelona’s best-kept secrets when it comes to bars. Even with the address, the bar will still be a challenge to find. The entrance looks very uncommon and you can easily walk straight past. It’s located in a small dark street in el Raval and we recommend that you go to Papillon after 3 AM, maybe even 4 AM. If you come earlier there is a big chance you will stand in front of a closed door. It’s one of those bars you go to if you’re not done partying yet. If you have a hard time finding it, just look for a big metal door with graffiti.
Opening hours: Weekdays 4am
Address: Carrer de la Neu de Sant Cugat, 08003 Barcelona
#4 Pipa Club
Pipa Club is one of Barcelona’s best-established private clubs. As you could maybe guess from the name, it is a private smokers club, but you don’t have to be an official member to enter. The bar is found in the heart of the city on the 3rd floor of a normal apartment building. Inside you will find an elegant flat with a relaxed vibe, a bar, and even a pool. Live jazz shows are hosted regularly and it is the perfect bar if you want to impress your friends. Just ring the doorbell downstairs and the owners will buzz you up to this chic bar.
Opening hours: Wednesday-Monday 21:00 – 03:00
Address: Plaça Reial, 3, 08002 Barcelona
Mutis is nothing compared to all the bars that you have just read about. This is the real deal, the most secret of the hidden bars in Barcelona. You have to be a “member” of this exclusive club in order to enter. There are no exceptions. There was even a rumor that Shakira was denied entry because she was not invited. If you do actually manage to get your name on the list, don’t pass out on it, because who knows if it will ever happen again?
Address: Carrer de Pau Claris, 192, 08037 Barcelona
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