Last updated on May 19, 2017
From wallet-friendly party bars where you’ll meet fellow international students to stylish gin bars where la fiesta roars until sunrise, these are the very best student bars in Barcelona.
By the party pros from Uniplaces, a student accommodation platform where you can book the perfect student accommodation in Barcelona.
The George Payne ~ Enjoy the Craic at Barcelona’s Best Irish Bar
For those looking to meet up with other international students and travellers in Barcelona, The George Payne is the perfect place. This is not just any old Irish bar, it’s THE Irish bar to be at in Barcelona. Imagine a large, crowded Irish pub with 9 large HD screens for football fans and a party atmosphere every night of the week.
The live music shows and Halloween parties are legendary!
Add to this great bar deals such as 5 shots for 10 euros and bargain buckets of beer and you’ll be making friends from all over the world before you know it.
Address: Plaça d’Urquinaona, 5, 08010 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Urquinaona (Red or yellow line)
Ovella Negra ~ Party at Barcelona’s Legendary Beer Hall
Located right in the centre of Barcelona (just off Las Ramblas), this German-style rustic tavern has become one of the liveliest meeting points for Barcelona’s international crowds.
A second and even larger Ovella Negra bar can be found in the Poblenou neighbourhood, where international students from Pompeu Fabra and University of Barcelona gather before heading to the lively Barcelona clubs such as Opium or Razzmatazz (which is only 200m away).
Enjoy giant “steins” of cheap beer and 1 litre sangrias for only 10 euros.
It can get crowded and noisy as the night goes by but if you wanna be part of an international crowd looking for the night of their lives, this is the place to be.
Address: Las Ramblas Location ~ Carrer de les Sitges, 5, 08001 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Catalunya (Red or green line)
Address: Poblenou Location ~ Carrer de Zamora, 78, 08018 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Bogatell (Yellow line)
Marsella Bar ~ Sip Flaming Absinthe at Barcelona’s Oldest Bar
Opened in 1820, Marsella Bar is believed to be Barcelona’s oldest bar. Located in the heart of El Raval, Barcelona’s most culturally diverse neighbourhood, it has been frequented by artists and writers like Dali, Picasso and Hemingway and continues to attract Barcelona’s more bohemian revellers. Its Modernist decor is kept intact, giving the venue an old-school glamour that has been enchanting Barcelona’s late night revellers for generations.
Be sure to try the infamous flaming absinthe, which is guaranteed to kick-start one of the wildest weekends of your life.
Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 65, 08001 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Liceu (Green Line)
Coco Vail Beer Hall ~ Revel in Californian Beach Bar Vibes, Craft Beer and Great Food
Coco Vail Beer Hall is the brainchild of Andres and Toni, two Barceloneans who fell in love with American bars – especially SoCal beach bars – during their years of studying in the States. Desperate to keep their international adventure alive, they decided to create their very own slice of America right here in the heart of Barcelona.
It’s now a popular place with young crowds of international students, who come to sip their way through huge selection of Catalan craft beers (24 taps in total).
The food’s excellent too, with authentic BBQ chicken wings, heraty burgers and more. Located on Carrer d’Arago, close to Passeig de Gracia and to the University of Barcelona, it’s a great place to hang out after classes or to kick off a night out.
Read more about Coco Vail Beer Hall here.
Address: Carrer d’Aragó, 284, 08009 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Passeig de Gràcia (Purple/Yellow Line)
Rubi Bar ~ Mingle with International Crowds and Sip Homemade Gin
Located the middle of the hip and beautiful Born neighbourhood, Rubi Bar is a Brooklyn-style cocktail bar that specialises in homemade gins. If you’re looking for a few fancy pre-party drinks before a night out in or simply to chill on a Saturday night and meet some international friends (you may find many Americans and British), this is a perfect spot.
All of the cocktails are good and made with loves, although you’d be crazy not to try one of the bar’s speciality gins (homemade infusions made with berries and spices). Simply hop off the metro in Jaume I and take a 10-minute walk through the El Born neighbourhood.
Address: Carrer dels Banys Vells, 6, 08003 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (Yellow line)
The Lime House ~ Keep it Chic
Another stylish cocktail-fuelled bar in the heart of Barcelona’s ancient Born barrio, The Lime House is a firm favourite with the city’s young and beautiful. The cosy space features huge stone arches that remind you exactly where you are, whilst the gilded, honeycombed bar stocks every kind of alcohol you can imagine – the legendary mojitos are cheap and and extremely moreish and the homemade gins (it’s a bit of a trend in Barcelona) are out of this world.
Address: Carrer dels Carders, 31, 08003 Barcelona
Nearest Metro: Jaume I (Yellow line)