Barcelona has a pretty awesome craft beer scene but it's not easy scoping out the very best brew spots without a little help. We've rounded up our 8 favourite places in the sunny Catalan capital to enjoy a cold one…
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1 L’OVELLA NEGRA
L’Ovella Negra sells beer by the litre - so it’s no wonder it’s one of the city’s favourite student haunts. And that’s not even the coolest thing about it. The bar is located in an underground cave. With German beer-tent style bench seating, it serves drinks with a portion of popcorn and hosts a buzzing atmosphere.
2 GARAGE BEER CO
If you’re a fan of craft beer, this is the place for you. Garage Beer Co may be a little bit out of town, but it’s a strong newcomer to Barcelona’s booming craft beer scene. It serves a selection of craft beer all made on site, huge volumes of it flowing out of 8 beer taps to satisfy its thirsty, returning customers. Inside, you’ll find very informative and knowledgeable staff, who know what they’re talking about when it comes to craft beer - so you’ll be in very good hands. With a cool, contemporary industrial interior, this bar is definitely one to pay the extra cab fare for.
3 ROSSES I TORRADES
This cosy little beer shop in the Raval neighbourhood makes our list because it has an amazing selection of quirky bottled beers from around the world, plus a couple on tap too. This variety of beer is endless, so whether you’re looking for a local craft beer or something imported, Rosses i Torrades is bound to have it. Bringing the finest beers worldwide to one little shop on the corner Urgell Street, we love this hidden gem.
4 ALE & HOP
Barcelona has a killer craft beer scene, and Ale & Hop is a great example of why. This award-winning microbrewery in the Ribera neighbourhood has 10 craft beers on tap and some decent canned options. For hop lovers, enjoy the variety of local Pale & Indian Pale Ales. Delicious vegetarian and vegan small plates feature on the menu if you’re feeling peckish ranging from meat-free burgers to hummus and nachos.
Serving affordable yet huge beer pitchers and a variety of bottles too, you’ll need something to soak up all that alcohol so it’s lucky Belushi’s serves fat burgers and big portions of bar snacks. It’s a great place to go if you’re looking for a fun party bar with a young crowd, right in the centre of the city close to Las Ramblas. Belushi's also doubles as the best sports bar in town, so enjoy your beer whilst watching the football on huge HD screens and projectors.
The beer selection on tap may seem small at L’Espumossa, but the taste of them certainly makes a visit here well worth the trip. This lovely little microbrewery, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Barcelona, rustles up some fantastic tapas dishes (don’t miss out on trying the croquettes), and their range of bottled beer is enormous. If you’re looking for a laid-back, good-quality beer, L’Espumossa is your answer.
Barcelona’s booming craft beer culture is what attracted the guys from Brew Dog to open up their first new bar of 2015 just minutes from La Ramblas. This Scottish brewery chain has opened up all over the UK, Europe, Australia and even the USA with its badass IPAs winning over beer lovers with their fragrant flavours and refreshing tastes. The contemporary space in Barcelona has 20 beers on tap over two floors.
The food at Brewdog also deserves a mention with its tapas and hamburger menu.
8 CERVESERIA JAZZ
Lovely food, good people and great beer is what you can expect from Cerveceria Jazz. As you can guess from the name, this brewery plays a great selection of jazz music too. Authentic and charmingly Spanish inside, this gem is tucked away in the Sants-Montjuïc district offering a wide range of local and imported beers.
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