The 5 best bars along the beach in Barcelona

1) El Pacífico

The closer to the water, the more expensive bars and restaurants tend to get, and unfortunately, they aren’t always worth it. A general rule to follow in Barcelona: stay closer to the Barceloneta streets than to the waterfront. Try El Pacífico for instance: it has a beach view, a stark, pleasant interior, and good wine and cocktails.

outside El Pacifico

Carrer de la Vila Joiosa 52

+34 (0)93 225 71 64

http://elpacifico.es/

2) Mamarosa Beach

You won’t find anything classier than this bar on the ground floor of the W Hotel. The W Hotel basically seals off one side of the beach so the view goes all the way to Frank Gehry’s Peix. Mamarosa Beach serves pastas, pizzas and other Italian classics, but it’s better just to lounge here.

terrace Mamarosa Beach

Passeig del Mare Nostrum 19-21

+34 (0)93 312 35 86

http://www.mamarosabeach.com

3) Santa Marta

A chunk of Italy in Barcelona, this colourful bar serves the cuisine of its owner’s country (pizza, piadina) and mixes a good cocktail – both of spirits and of atmosphere. After all, with the pleasantly kitschy interior and the pop music they play, it’s amazing that having an aperitif here can be so relaxing.

beach front terrace at Santa Marta in Barceloneta

Carrer de Grau i Torras 59

+34 691 23 68 02

4) Arola

The Arola at Hotel Arts may be best known as a restaurant, but few people know that it’s also home to one of Barcelona’s most luxurious cocktail bars. Enjoy the mouth-watering creations of master mixologist Diego in the chic bar or outdoors on the stylish terrace with a view across the Mediterranean, while local djs spin their tunes.

terrace Arola Barcelona

5) Vaso De Oro

Five minutes away from the beach, you’ll find this pleasant little bar, renowned for its beers. They also serve no-nonsense classic tapas. It’s brown and lively and will make you want to stay a bit longer.

beer vaso de oro

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