My 4 tips for Barcelona
Betty Fords in El Raval - for drinks
Bar Mut (north of La Rambla near Avenue Diagonal) or Guzzo in Borne - for food
Werk It for clubbing on a Friday night. (h-h-house music)
Looks like I'm moving to Barcelona on March, unfortunately I can only take 1 bike so it looks like my track bike will be left at home. Hows the city for riding? Crazy traffic like London? terrible road surfaces like Paris?
@mk1mark been out here a few years now and riding in bcn is grand, never ridden through london but seen enough to know its not half as crazy, bike lanes zig-zag all across the city and the roads are ok, I actually think because of all the moped riders then divers are used to looking for smaller road users, you still see some shocking driving! Surfaces are ok for the most part but every now and then you find a couple of wrist jaring pot holes.
Being fairly flat its an ideal city for bikes and with out a doubt the fastest and cheapest method of transport.
Bicing (the equivilant of the london borris bikes) are pretty good and have a lot of 'stations' all across town, but can be a nightmare to use for the commute as very busy in the morning and around 5/6/7pm which can make finding and returning a pain in the arse, but its 50e for the year and an ideal alternative to a pub bike!
Best advice, GET A DAM GOOD LOCK AND NEVER LEAVE IT OUT OVER NIGHT, unfortunate amount of theiving little c*nts about!
Bit of a dredge, but I don't suppose anyone has a 420 link in Barca do they?
What's a 420 link? On the basis that I don't know what it is then I doubt I have one but if its bike related then one of the guys I work with may do....
There are 'clubs' you can join and buy over the counter. Just keep your wits about you with the reps/promo guys in las ramblas.
Thanks mate! Sounds like it should all be achievable. Only there for a night at either end sandwiching 6 days cycling up into Andorra and noodling around the Pyrenees.
I've got a week of work in a few months in Barcelona and am taking a bike so I can ride a bit over the weekend before I go home. Is there a "best" route over the big hill as I'm planning on staying in Barcelona but work is over Sabadell way.
There's a really nice cycle path alongside the river to the East of Barca that takes you a lot of the way to Sabadell - @pepperedmunky pointed me towards when I was out there. For flat, traffic-free journey I'd thoroughly recommend.
It looks like I’ll be passing through Barcelona for just one day and night on my way to Rototom festival.
Any food recommendations veggie preferably as my partner is (I’m not).
Saw @DethBeard suggestion of Sesamo.
Not sure where in the city I’ll be yet. Need to work that out and somewhere to stay the night.
My partner is semi-veggie (flexi in her words), I'm not, but the food here is generally good:
Baixada de Sant Miquel, 3, 08002 Barcelona
Depends what you are looking for but this is a nice local place that does good wholesome food, but it wouldn't class as fine dining if you know what I mean, but its a good price for good food, and a bit of a quirky place to eat as well.
In general restaurants are catching up with modern society and a lot now offer decent veggie options, when I was first here then there was defo less options around.
Another cheap good place for lunch etc would be Veggie Garden, there are a couple of them in town, and the food is good, Vegan I think. Bit of an Indian vibe/cuisine. One is just round the corner from MACBA. Quick and easy.
There is a chain of places Flax and Kale that are in various spots, I've not personally eaten there but I've heard good things from mates who have.
I'll check with her later to see if she has any other hidden gems she can recommend.
a few recommendations from the guys I work with as well:
Carlos and Matilda
Baixada de Viladecols, 6, 08002 Barcelona
"They have a few spots in town"
"is a nice little spot that has Vegan burgers and Vegan Tofish and Chips its cheap"
C/ de Jovellanos, 2, 08001 Barcelona
Best Veggie/Vegan restaurant in Barcelona is definitely Green Spot
Quite possibly the best veggie food I've ever eaten!
Which is right near BlackLab Brewhouse where you can go to wash away the vegecide guilt.
BlackLab is great and they also did sangria by the pint when I was there.
If you're there, you can very easily get to El Vaso d'Oro, which is a proper old-school beer bar that does very decent tapas. I'm veggie and there was enough to eat for me.
sangria by the pint
Brits Abroad :P
I already have that place starred on my Google Maps but I've not been there.
Same goes for Dux: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dux+Gins+%26+Cocktails+Borneemail@example.com,2.1777787,15.83z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x12a4a300f39d6d79:0x378143deb6a53157!2sCerveseria+Vaso+de+Oro!8m2!3d41.3818959!4d2.1872707!3m4!1s0x0:0x98bd270647fc0503!8m2!3d41.38441!4d2.1800619
Sorry, I should say sangria by the half a litre you're right.
La Alcoba Azul – Barcelona: 📍 C/ de Salomó ben Adret Nº14, 08002 Barcelona
Went there in April and its amazing. Veggie and meat options, reasonably priced, great vibe
Big recommend. The beer is fairly standard stuff (you can get Cervesa Fort porter occasionally, but it's mostly their lager). It's the decor and ambiance that make it great. Plus it's across the road from a place called Bar Fanny, which makes it even better.
Other beery recommendations include:
Ale & Hop, Carrer de les Basses de Sant Pere, 10, 08003 - good beer selection, a few veggie/vegan snacks/sarnies available.
Mosquito, C/ dels Carders, 46, 08003 - tapas place on an oriental tip with a decent beer selection
Homo Sibaris, Plaça Oscar, Sants - One of the originals, good tap list, extensive bottle selection, does food too. Think itstill has tables outside in warmer weather.
Brew Pub Le Sec, Carrer de Margarit, Poble Sec - Smallish gaff, brew their own beer which isn't bad. Just down the street from...
Cerveseria Jazz. Carrer de Margarit, Poble Sec - Another one of the originals with a decent list and a nice pub-like atmosphere.
Abirradero, Carrer de Vila i Vila, Poble Sec - Does tapas and a wide range of beer and is in the same neighbourhood as the two above.
Barna Brew, Carrer de Parlament, Sant Antoni/Poble Sec - Microbrewery and bar run by a Belgian.
That’s got we well covered for places to eat, I can’t wait.
I went to Barcalona few months back and forgot to make my recommendations.
Sesamo for their vegetarian Tapas taster menu (€25pp 7 courses and a couple of glasses of wine)
Was proper good, really small place and easy to miss, but worth searching for it.
La Confitería is a great little bar near ParaLel station. Is a converted confectioners (hence the name) and still has the shelves behind the bar, now filled with a rather large selection of gins and rums (and others)