Nou de La Rambla, 34
Tuesday to Sunday 19hrs – 01hrs
Despite the offputting name, London Bar is an extremely beautiful and traditional old bar in the once-seedy (and now less so) El Raval area of the city.
Apparently, Dali and Ernest Hemmingway were frequenters of the London Bar, and as the décor doesn’t appear to have changed in a century or two, you wouldn’t be that surprised to see them still gargling an absinthe and talking writery things in a smoky corner, whilst dogs slumber like barking carpet at their feet.
Apparently mk II, it is one of the oldest bars in Barcelona, and has been open since 1910.
Sadly, the atmosphere is ruined slightly when they have live music there. I’m something of a purist and believe that old traditional pubs should be kept that way. The London Bar wasn’t built to withstand bad Coldplay covers in a Spanish accent.
Drinks are reasonably priced and range from coffee, beer, wine and liquor to flaming absinthes for the more experimental/foolhardy.
Apart from that, you could be forgiven for thinking that you were still in the early 20th century. I certainly wished I was. A delightfully authentic bohemian haunt that still smells faintly of the artists that once drank there.
The London Bar attracts a friendly Spanish crowd who are often loud and happy but generally not drunken or obnoxious.
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