So you’ve taken a Gaudí tour, done a spot of shopping in the Gothic Quarter and jumped out of your skin a few times at the living statues on Las Ramblas. So what’s next? Head on down to the coast and grab a table at one of the many beach bars of Barcelona, where you can kick back with a refreshing cocktail and enjoy some authentic Spanish tapas. If you’re renting one of the many Barcelona beach apartments, you will find these summer hotspots right on your doorstep, as they are dotted all along the beautiful beaches of Barcelona. You’ll also see they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from typical ‘chiringuitos’, to the biggest pubs and clubs in the city. Sit down for a delectable meal, quench your thirst with a few drinks or simply chill out, all with sparkling Mediterranean Sea as your backdrop.
In the warm summer months the chiringuitos of Barcelona are a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Basically shacks that are built right on the sand, these bars are usually located just steps from the water, providing a relaxing place to cool off during the day, and an awesome party scene at night. They also offer an array of drinks and snacks, from traditional tapas to some of the best seafood in the city. What’s more, depending on the chiringuito you choose, you can catch live DJ sets, massive beach parties and even watch your favorite summer sports on the big screen.
Here, we give you a taste of some of the most popular chiringuitos in Barcelona as well as a few of our favorite beach bars and clubs…
Located right in the middle of the Barceloneta beach promenade, Princesa 23 is one of the most popular chiringuitos in town. With nearly the same menu as its main restaurant in El Born, Princesa 23 serves up some delightful dishes making it a great place to grab some lunch in the shade during your day at the beach. But don’t forget the drinks! This place offers classic cocktails at reasonable prices. We recommend stopping by after 7pm to take advantage of their discounted caipirinhas and mojitos.
How to get there: Carrer de Guiter, 61. Take Metro L4 to Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica and walk along the beach in the opposite direction from the W Hotel.
Shôko is one of Barcelona’s most famous night clubs, and you’ll find it right on the beachfront at Port Olímpic. This location allows for a gorgeous Mediterranean view while having dinner or just enjoying a few drinks. Shôko delivers an assortment of cocktails, in addition to tasty food varying from European to Asian cuisines. The nightclub is famous for its wild parties with world-renowned DJs spinning here regularly. We suggest heading down around 10pm for a great dinner and time to relax before the party gets started.
How to get there: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36. Take Metro L4 (Yellow Line) to Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica.
For a one-of-a-kind night out, head down to Icebarcelona. Oddly enough, this ice bar is situated just steps from the beach, so on a hot summer night it makes for a great place to cool off. To keep the ice frozen, the bar is kept between -2°C and -10°C, so each patron is presented with a warm winter coat and gloves upon entry. For the full experience, grab your drink (served in an ice glass of course) and take a seat on one the winding frozen Parc Güell-style benches.
How to get there: Ramon Trias Fargas, 2. Take Metro L4 (Yellow Line) to Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica.
Situated on the stunning Bogatell beach, El Xiringuito Escribà serves up a delicious take on typical Mediterranean cuisine including some tasty fresh seafood dishes. Perfect for summer dining, this bar-restaurant delivers cool cocktails with your meal, and is situated on one of the trendiest beaches in Barcelona. Make sure you save room after your dinner because this place is famous for its desserts! We recommend trying the paella before indulging in a slice of one of their amazing home-made cakes.
How to get there: Avinguda del Litoral, 42. Take Metro L4 (Yellow Line) to Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica.
Moving further away from the busy Barceloneta beaches, you will find El Boo. Known as one of hippest beach clubs in Barcelona right now, this place is very popular among the locals. Situated on a small pier between the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches, this is an ideal spot to relax by the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy a drink or two. We recommend reserving one of their VIP beds or hammocks so you can really chill out in style.
How to get there: Espigó de Bac de Roda, 1. Take Metro L4 to Poble Nou.
The Mochima Bars can be found on both the Mar Bella and the neighboring Nova Mar Bella beaches. Another huge hit with the local crowd, the Mochima chiringuitos provide an assortment of delicious snacks and some of the best cocktails on the Barcelona shore. We recommend heading there on a Sunday night for one of their free beach parties with live DJs.
How to get there: Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella Beaches. Take Metro L4 to Poble Nou.