Gothic Quarter

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In the heart of buzzing Barcelona lies the historic Gothic Quarter.

The thin, winding alleys of the Gothic Quarter hide a trove of bars and clubs that are itching to welcome you into their cosy corners. Getting lost in the labyrinth of narrow, high-sided streets is easy, so let us be your guide to a fantastic Catalan night out…

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1. El Bosc de les Fades

Museo de Cera, Passatge de la Banca 7, Barcelona, 08002

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Are we out of the woods?

Hiding at the end of an alley, just off Barcelona’s famous La Rambla, lies this quirky enchanted forest-themed bar. Translating literally to ‘The Forest of the Fairies’, the artificial woodland made up of winding branches, tangled vines and trickling waterfalls - is a brilliant place to enjoy a reasonably-priced jug of sangria in truly unique surroundings.

There are plenty of seats available under the lush canopy of vegetation, which is dotted with lantern-style lighting for an intimate, twilight atmosphere. For the bravest in your group there’s a ‘haunted house’ featuring creepy mannequins and a sinister mirror that, if you look really carefully, might be hiding a ‘demon’ or two. Stay for long enough, and you will experience one of the forest’s simulated ‘thunderstorms’.

Drunk Stage 1

2. Ocana

Placa Reial 13-15, Barcelona, 08002

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On the square without a care

Located right on the stunning Placa Reial, one of the most famous squares in the city, is the equally gorgeous Ocana. A bit like that person at school that you resented for being good at every single sport, this venue is a jack of all trades and, somehow, a master of them all too. The expansive, ground-level, cafe-style space offers stunning views over the square through vintage floor-to-ceiling French windows, and during the day spreads out into Placa Reial in the form of a huge, colourful terrace filled with vintage furniture and a veritable jungle of towering plants.

Underground you’ll find a fabulous cocktail bar, which, with its beautiful stonework, exposed rafters and deep crimson highlights could easily have been lifted straight out of a 1940s North African city. Sophistication and elegance runs through the whole complex, from elegant antique furniture to handsome wood panels. Many of the walls are also covered in original, locally-sourced artwork.

Ocana finishes this crawl with the very best that the Gothic Quarter has to offer; rich history and architecture repurposed effortlessly to provide a beautiful space for wining, dining and partying the night away.

Drunk Stage 2

3. Sub Rosa

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Anything but sub-par

Cocktail bar Sub Rosa is proud of the bohemian, olde world atmosphere and the diverse, international clientele that it routinely attracts. High ceilings and red lights lend the feel like a secret, hidden attic and the images of ethereal, ghostly women on the walls certainly add a sense of mystery.

Famed for their fruity and strong cocktails, to which a liberal happy hour period is applied until 10pm, Sub Rosa is very much a place to be seen (if you can spot it on the way past). Despite a cosy size this bar never starts to feel oppressive or claustrophobic, and is known for one of the friendliest moods in the city. Just don’t forget to keep track of how many cut-price mojitos you’ve had.

Drunk Stage 3

4. Harlem Jazz Club

Carrer de la Comtessa de Sobradiel 8, Barcelona, 08002

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...and all that jazz

One of the stand out characteristics of the Gothic Quarter is the diversity of the venues – which may cross your mind as you cross the threshold of this fantastic live jazz club. A popular spot to hear jazz, blues, funk, soul and everything in between, all nights of the week, if you get here early enough in the evening you’ll be treated to live performances. After the instruments are packed away, a local DJ takes over to make sure everyone continues dancing late into the night and keeps the inviting, dimly-lit space filled with dancing revellers.

The drinks are cheap and the surroundings unpretentious, giving the very distinct feeling that you’re in a venue which genuinely only cares about providing an authentic, unfiltered atmosphere – one that fortunately you and your group are more than welcome to get in on.

Drunk Stage 4

5. Zona d'Ombra

Carrer de Sant Domenec del Call 12, Barcelona, 08002

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Mine’s a wine, por favor

After falling in love with Italian wine on a trip to Venice, the proprietors of Zona D’Ombra decided to set up their own wine bar in the heart of Barcelona – and this handsome haunt is the result. As well as a fantastic range of Spanish, Italian and other European wines by the bottle and glass, there’s an impressive menu of the increasingly popular Venetian aperitif – the spritz.

The knowledgeable staff are more than happy to advise on vintages and grapes if you’re not a wine connoisseur, and the attached bottle shop is perfect if you’re wanting to take some wine back for a loved one or hide a cheeky bottle in your hotel room (you know, for emergencies).

Drunk Stage 5

6. Rubi Bar

Carrer dels Banys Vells 6, Barcelona, 08003

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This fantastic little gin bar isn’t massive – sometimes standing room only does have to get downgraded to squeezing room only. After one look at their staggering wall of gin bottles though, it’s extremely unlikely that you’re going to care. The skilful and enthusiastic bartending team preside over a long list of gins from all over the world that also incorporates many home-brewed flavours including mango, tomato-basil and the surprisingly delicious balsamic and black pepper.

Small plates of tapas are served if you’re wanting something to nibble on, and don’t worry if gin isn’t your thing either – this place is very much worth a visit for their great value mojitos. Be warned though, they don’t skimp on the rum.

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*We take pride in our work and all of the information in the guide was correct at the time of publication - 01/07/2020. Probably.
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