There’s nothing that can beat the atmosphere that is created when lots of people enjoy watching a football match in a sports bar. Being surrounded by other people who are into the match as much as you, the prospect of having others to celebrate or commiserate with, the big screen, good food and your favourite tipple all combine to provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Barcelona is home to some wonderful sports bars, the perfect places to head to with friends to enjoy watching your favourite team play. Here are some ideas of the best bars in Barcelona to watch football.
This is a huge sports bar that offers several different large screens, meaning customers can watch more than one football match at once. They offer a substantial menu of different food options but their speciality is pizza, along with other Italian foods. The bar staff are incredibly friendly and if they are not showing a match that you are keen on watching, you can ask them to tune one of the screens so that you can watch your favourite team, I’ve even heard of them tuning into other sports if you have a different preference. The bar has a great ambience and attracts football fans from around the world, parties, friends meeting up and even couples on a date.
Mau Mau Underground
Mau Mau Underground is other of the best bars in Barcelona to watch football and it is trendy, upmarket basement bar located near to Mirador del Poble Sec park. The bar is normally frequented by local students and creative types and they specialise in designer cocktails and gin, indeed they stock up to 35 different gin blends. The bar is furnished with low white sofas, which are extremely comfortable to sit and watch the football on and decorations around the bar include pop art and bamboo which create a cool and modern feel to the location. You can check out information about the games they will be showing on their big screen by heading to their Facebook page.
This bar is the one that most resembles the image that you conjure up in your mind when you think of a sports bar. The bar is classic, with Formica tables, fruit machines and drinks that are not astronomically priced. The best thing about Bar Llopart hands down, however, is the atmosphere. Patrons are encouraged to celebrate whilst watching football here, particularly when Barca FC are playing. Expect somebody to climb on a table when a goal is scored to lead everybody in a cheer. This makes Bar Llopart the perfect place to go to replicate that feeling that you get watching football live at the stadium but without the hefty ticket price. What is more, Bar Llopart offer fantastic food, all prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from Market de Sants.
The Michael Collins bar is a traditional Irish bar, with Guinness on tap and great live music. This bar opened in 1997 and is often referred to as the best Irish pub in the whole of Barcelona and its location in the Eixample area of the city makes it ideal for those wishing to linger in the heart of the city. The staff are ultra friendly and are bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. They have a huge TV screen to watch matches on and they show plenty of matches between UK teams as well as some Spanish games. What’s more, you can treat yourself to a delicious Sunday roast or other traditional bar food.
Casa de Tapas Canota
Casa de Tapas Canota is a traditional tapas bar. They promise to help you reach a state of Nirtapa through their menu, what they class as a spiritual state of happiness that comes from being surrounded by small, perfect dishes of food. This is a really busy little restaurant and there are plenty of different groups of people who frequent it, from families to business people. There is constant chatter and this gives the place a nice feel, it really adds to the background noise and the atmosphere whilst you watch the football on the big screen. The informality of the restaurant coupled with the great food makes this the ideal place to enjoy the football with good friends.
La Taverna de Barcelona
La Taverna de Barcelona is a very relaxed place that has decor hailing from the 1930s. It is full of old posters and advertising signs that give the place a cool and interesting feel. Their menu comprises of simple Mediterranean food as well as international dishes, which they serve all day. The bar has several screens on which you can watch football and they offer great live music that you can enjoy once the football is done. The combination of booths and tables in the bar mean that you can enjoy privacy if you wish or participate fully should the atmosphere draws you in.
There are some great bars in Barcelona where you can watch football, all with a different feel and different food and drink on offer, you really are spoilt for choice. If you prefer to watch the football outdoors, however, there are plenty of bars around the Passeig de Sant Joan area of the city that install TVs outdoors to allow patrons to watch the most important football games.