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very authentic, unchanged in years, Raval Absinthe Bar

nice, authentic and clearly very old and unchanged in years bar. The absinthe is amazing, its old... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2014
Carlisle, United Kingdom
All about the Absinthe.

The bar still retains its original character, with the peeling paintwork and authentic dust... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2014
Ashford, United Kingdom
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16 Apr 2018
“Absinthe night”
17 Nov 2017
“The oldest bar in Barcelona”
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C/Sant Pau 65, 08016 Barcelona, Spain
El Raval
+34 934 42 72 63
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Very interesting pub, very original decor.The owner is specific but nice and friendly. absinthe served in an interesting way, a specific taste

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank andreweff
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is amazing! It really seems to be in the 19th century, in a very typical decadent and smoky pub. According to the history, this is the pub in which Hemingway, Dali and Picasso were used to drink absinthe. Highly recommended!

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Chiara C
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

From outside is not attractive but when you go inside this bar you can appreciate the ancient forniture, tyles, old dusty bottles. And it is a must to enjoy the assenzio, the essence that you have to drink in a ritual way with the help...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank marco c
Reviewed 3 July 2016

They only have one type of absinthe on offer, and it's a poor one at that. They have them pre-filled in glasses behind the bar. They may as well serve them out of a vending machine. I realise this place is an institution but they...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank smasher81
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

This place is so cool! It's original and the cocktails are prepared quickly and to perfection! This place is all about presentation with style. Don't miss this on your travels in Barcelona for a beverage early or very late.....😉

Date of experience: January 2016
1  Thank nigel4444
Reviewed 6 November 2014

nice, authentic and clearly very old and unchanged in years bar. The absinthe is amazing, its old time gritty slighty dirty charm is great. A might visit for an after dinner absinthe or as a warm up to a night out.

Date of experience: November 2014
1  Thank ollieh88
Reviewed 14 October 2014

The bar still retains its original character, with the peeling paintwork and authentic dust, however, little is else is done to enforce this image by its current owners. Whilst they were both polite and helpful, I would have liked to have seen a bit more...More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank Shedb0y
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Go here. It is a must. The place clearly hasnt changed its interior since it was built, dusty bottles on the wall, old lights, paint peeling off the ceiling, hot and old furniture. But don't let that put you off. Order an absinthe and a...More

Date of experience: July 2014
1  Thank lyesf2014
Reviewed 15 September 2013

this was once a bar in the heart of the community of the barrio chino, the locals would use this place as a social hub you could find out all sorts of local news. Sadly this is no longer the case the new proprietor opens...More

Date of experience: September 2013
2  Thank lat k
Reviewed 10 September 2013

This bar is a legend. It embodies Barcelona's raw side; absinth, in bar in shady Raval. While most tourist end up in the uber-commercial, hipper than hip, bars at the beach, this notorious place is still the real deal. You cannot speak about bars in...More

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank TimothyW267
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El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this
gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an
excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic
spots in the entire city. A sense of humble
authenticity protrudes from the many independent
record stores, second hand shops, and student bars
that seem to light up the streets day and night. The
rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day
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