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Unusual Bars in Barcelona


There are a fair number of unique, unusual and quirky bars in Barcelona, some have fun themes while in others the drinks or decor makes them stand out in your memory. Here we feature some that have been our favorites and some you should try to check out on your next trip to Barcelona!

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Pesca Salada – fancy drinking inside an aquarium? This teeny tiny cocktail is all aquatic inspired! Loads of quirky details, from a scaley ceiling to fun fishy diaramas. You can find the little establishment in raval, but be quick, it packs out fast, due to its petit size.

Gran Bodega Salto – a wine bar with a difference. if you enjoy drinking wine from the barrel under a barbie leg chandelier while stuffed tigers eyeball you, then this bodega is just perfect for you. loads of details to keep you entertained, they often have live music or a dj to keep your feet tapping.

Sor Rita– loads of fun in the Gothic, be sure to don your sexy black habit and high heels for this fun theme bar. expect great drinks, good music and a fun ambiance, dance or chat under a roof covered in shoes or below mother superior surrounded by flowers!

El Ciclista – a bicylce themed gin bar in gracia. watch all the cogs turn when the door opens as the whole bar is connected with kinetic parts. Clever bicyle sokes make chandeliers and tables, and the bar tenders pour superb G6Ts. the music ain’t half bad either.

Can Paixano or La Xampaneria – although not a theme bar in the usual sense, the Xampaneria is an institution in Barcelona, and one to behold. Go for the cheap cava – catalan champange and tapas, and revel in all the tradition has to offer! Standing room only!

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Betty Fords – named after the mental institute, this American theme bar in Raval draws a steady crowd.

Kahala Tiki Bar – one of a kind in Barcelona, serving frothing volcano drinks and more!

El Bosc de les Fades – the forest of fairies, a mystical, magical, if somewhat cheesy, bar near the bottom of Las Ramblas.

Gatsby Barcelona – all that 1920s glamour, glitz and roaring fun that the era is famed for can be found here, they have shows and singers on a regular basis.



all images courtesy the above establishments website.


A Guide to Barcelona’s Museums & Galleries


Barcelona is usually graced with splendid weather, and so it’s no wonder that most people spend their time out doors rather than in the many museums the city has to offer. Don’t miss out however as Barcelona has some great spaces filled with art, culture, history and science.

Barcelona was home to some very important artists such as Picasso, Dali, Miro, Tapies and Gaudi, so if the weather suddenly turns on you, here are our list of favorite rainy day museums and galleries that you shouldn’t miss:


caixa forum – an art and culture museum at the foot of Montjuic. in a splendid art nouveau factory, besides enjoying the ever changing exhibitions, you can visit the undulating roof made of bricks for a unique view over Barcelona.

cosmo caixa – one of our favorites, and no doubt will be yours and your kids too. a large museum with permanent and changing exhibitions, many of which are interactive that have a focus on science and the natural world. Highlights include the living Amazon jungle with crocodiles, piranhas and other wild life.

cccb – another great cultural museum, located near the macba in Raval, the large space hosts an ever changing calendar of exhibits exploring a myriad of topics from the technological to theatre and sculpture. check the website to see whats on, and plan your next visit accordingly. the cccb also has a nice cafe for a quick snack.

fundacio miro – for the art fanatic, go and check out the Joan Miro foundation atop Montjuic hill. The building itself was designed by architect and city planner Josep Lluís Sert, who was a close friend of Joan Miró and an exponent of avant-garde architecture in Catalonia. The stark white building looks almost like lego, with unusual shapes, and houses a mountain of Miros artworks. The two experimental galleries often host some of the best art exhibitions from up and coming artists and the shows are always extremely well curated. Don’t miss the enclosed Mercury Fountain.

macba – Barcelona’s modern art museum houses some interesting art pieces, and a collection of over 6,000 works. The museum strives to continue to host contemporary art and hosts varied art exhibitions during the year. Many of the pieces of their permanent exhibitions highlight works by Catalan artists. The building itself is something to see, and continues to be a focal point in Raval, where hundreds of skateboarders congregate in its plaza to meet and practice tricks, the sound of the boards and wheels ricocheting off the museums glass fronted facade.

maritime museum – Barcelona’s history is unique, and the museum takes a look at the port city and how it has evolved over the centuries, and the folk who people the area, and plied its waters. There is a fantastic display of a life size rowing galley, and the museum will keep young and old entertained.

picasso museumpetite though it is, the picasso museum is very popular, and has a superb collection of picassos early work. the artworks are well laid out, and his technique, style progression and artworks are usefully explained, giving more insight into the artist’s world. If you don’t mind the queue its work a look.

mnac – The museu national d’art de catalunya contains the largest, and oldest display of Medieval Romanesque Art in the world, with fully restored sections of the apses of churches found in the Pyranees, among its collection. You can also view artworks by Velaquez, Rubens, El Greco and other noteworthy artworks, including drawings, paintings and photography. The location of the museum offers wonderful views over the city.

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Roman Spa Baths in Barcelona

Aire de Barcelona Spa. All images from photos are not allowed in the space

As you descend the stairs, the lights dim, and the spicy smell of burning incense fills your lungs. Candles flicker, glinting off the underground walls, and shimmering in the pools. We are greeted at the bottom of the stairs by a helpful attendant who explains how to use the baths at the Aire de Barcelona. A hammam public bath, fully restored in it’s original Roman form, and as you glide through the warm waters you can appreciate the ancient vaulted ceilings and exposed walls.

Go for the Salt baths, and relaxing interior. Sink into the warm water and sizzle in frothy jet pools. The Aire also offers massages and facials. The baths are open until late and we booked the last 2 hours of the day. It seemed like quite a popular time to go, but we did not find it too crowded and it was easy to relax.

When you visit, you only need bring your bathing suit. Bikinis are fine too. You are provided with towels and little slippers which you wear into the pools. I could recommend it as a nice date with a significant other, ( the baths are unisex) before you head out for a late dinner in the old neighbourhood of El Born. There are plenty of great restaurants nearby. And after soaking for an hour or two it’s a lovely way to end an evening.


Best BCN Rooftop Terraces


With the sinking sun going down at around 9pm, the long summer afternoons stretch out and Barcelona reclines in the balmy weather. It’s the perfect time to be outside sipping a cold drink or cocktail, and where better to do this than on the rooftop. With vistas reaching from montaña to mar, Barcelona offers some excellent sundowner spots.

Usually I enjoy them on my own terrace, this being the cheapest and easiest option, but if you are visiting the city and don’t have your own access to a private terrace or rooftop there are plenty of swish spots to spoil yourself with views and expensive drinks. And why not treat yourself? It’s summer, and you only live once!

I love how the “terraza” combines the outside and the inside, and I have busily been trying to create my own lounge-garden. And what better places to gather inspiration than all the fancy hotels in town. I have been on a bit of a rooftop exploring kick. So far I have made myself at home on the terraces at the Grand Central Hotel and the Ohla Hotel. Both are situated on Via Laitana, and both have different views over the city. It’s easy to unwind on the couches laid out, and watch the stars slowly peek out of the settling dusk.

You can find fantastic spots at Hotel Omm, Hotel Arts, Hotel Alma (which has a garden terrace), The Pulitzer, The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelo Raval, and Casa Fuster, but I’m sure there are plenty more, so exchange your beach sandals for heels, stuff your wallet with euros, and pretend you just stepped off your yacht for an evening out with a view. Go on spoil yourself!

If you have already tried these lovely terraces, there are even more to choose from. Try the the new Cotton House Hotel or the Yurbban!