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Barcelona 2013 Holiday – Bars And Nightlife

Thursday, 29th August, 2013

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Thirsty much? haha 😉

Since I am from Newcastle I am used to going out and having a huge choice of bars, all more or less next door to each other. It’s a good thing, and I am lucky to live in a city that has this luxury, but I know places like London, Barcelona and probably most other cities are not like this.

We went to a couple of places on or around La Rambla, and they were alright but nothing spectacular. An Irish bar called Cheers which had a Spanish doorman who looked like a traditional bouncer from the 80s was on the door. We went to an Australian themed bar called Hogan’s and just like this one it was a traditional style bar, but with upmarket bar prices. They were charging over €5 for most drinks, over €6 for pints and €8 if you wanted anything with imported/premium spirits in.

We did find a nice bar just off a street off La Rambla which was a much better place, unfortunately I can’t remember the name! 🙁 We decided that La Rambla was not the best place to go for drinks, the places are too expensive for what they are, there doesn’t seem to be too many and they were not even all that busy. It’s definitely a tourist trap, if you want good bars or cheap bars then La Rambla is not where they’re at.

We went to Kulas (I think that’s what it was called!) and the place was not the best, the (British) waiter came over and decided to tell us “You can’t stand and drink at the table, you have to sit, it’s the law“, the next night we were going to go into Cerveceria Catalane but it was packed with loads of people standing drinking outside! Don’t go to Kulas, read the Trip Advisor reviews to see why!

We tried The Philharmoic for a drink, it was a nice enough place, but rather quiet. It was close to the hotel so was worth trying out for a drink. It’s a nice place if you want a quiet drink or watch the sports on their large screens. They also do traditional British pub food, although I did not eat there.

We went to Scobies, an Irish bar which was pretty good, had a nice selection of drinks and were a bit more sensibly priced at around €4.50 for a bottle or €4.60 for a pint.

The bar we went to the most was The George Payne. A traditional Irish bar, they claim to be Barcelona’s biggest Irish bar, although you’d never know it by the front door, but once you’re inside the place opens up. It’s a nice place, and if you buy their offers it’s probably as cheap as you’ll get in Barcelona for a nice place like this. 5 bottles of Heineken for €10, 2 Smirnoff vodka and a can of Red bull for €5, 3 Jaeger shots and a can of Red Bull for €10, it was the place to go! 😀 It had plenty of people, especially the locals on Sunday night when Barcelona played Malaga 🙂

We went to a place called La Taverna De Barcelona which was a nice little place with huge beer! A medium was massive, and they gave you free popcorn with your drink.

We only really saw 1 or 2 stag parties in the bars we went to on the nights we were there, which I was quite amazed by. We did see a couple through the day too, all British ones as well 🙁

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – City By Night

Thursday, 29th August, 2013

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Even when the sun goes down in Barcelona there is lots to see, and it’s all lit up and looks really nice. From the many fountains to buildings designed by Gaudi, it’s all pretty cool.

Sorry for the poor quality of pictures, this is what happens when you mix an iPhone with night photography! 😉 This is a selection of the 3 nights photos from when I was in Barcelona (if you’re wondering how I am wearing different clothes!), the nightlife/bars section is next 😛

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 3 – Part 3

Thursday, 29th August, 2013

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We seemed to walk for miles and miles to this place, and it kept looking too far to walk. I got my phone out and tried the GPS, it said it was only a mile away so we continued and I am glad we did!

This is the Torre Agbar in Barcelona, and it looks similar to the London gherkin building. It’s 144m in height, and I got dizzy looking up at it 😀 There were also a couple of buildings next to it, although I can’t tell you what they are 😛

It has a light show on a night which looks amazing, it’s a little out of the way to get to but there is the Barcelona City Tour bus which goes there, just get the East route on a night.

After taking forever to get here we then had a hell of a long walk back

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 3 Part 2

Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

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After walking around the harbour in Barcelona we went on to head towards the zoo and walked for miles! We saw lots of things like the Arc del triomf, Palau de Justicia, and walked through the Parc Zoologica. It was a pretty cool area, but quite a walk from the centre of things.

We went on to check out the Torre Agbar, which I will write about next… Check out more pics below

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 3 – Part 1: The Harbour

Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

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On the last day we started off at a really cool café/restaurant called Farga. It was fairly posh, and a nice chilled place. We walked around the many narrow streets Barcelona has, and passed the usual places, Plaça de Catalunya and La Rambla which were both on the way down to the harbour. On La Rambla they had a few street performers, by far the best was the cowboy who was really entertaining.

We headed down the harbour, and found a nice restaurant just near the Maremagmun. We were going to go to L’Aquarium until we saw the queue! It was so long it was unreal!

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 2 – Part 3: La Rambla & Plaça De Catalunya

Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

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On the 2nd day we went shopping on La Rambla and Plaça De Catalunya. There are so many shops, and I got to check out Desigual, a brand which I like the look of but never bought anything from. They have stores all over Barcelona, as do Zara, they are everywhere!

We went to El Triangle too, and had a proper look around. It houses a few different shops like Havaianna, it’s pretty good but I was expecting it to be bigger.

We saw one of the most famous food markets in Barcelona, Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria aka La Boqueria, and I got a photo I wanted. If you like food or want to try something local, it’s the place to go.

There were some crazy Boca Juniors fans who were singing and banging their drums, and had a huge flag so I had to get a photo of them. It was a good atmosphere and they drew a little crowd.

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 2 – Part 2: Camp Nou

Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

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A trip to Barcelona would not be complete if you didn’t incorporate football into it, so going to see the stadium, Camp Nou is something really good to do. You can get the city tour bus which stops there, get the West Route and it’s stop 13.

If you aren’t a football fan don’t worry, it’s a big complex and includes a really nice place to eat, and they do a good selection of food and drinks.

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 2 – Part 1: City Tour Bus

Tuesday, 27th August, 2013

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We started off the morning at a place called Level for a drink. Since we walked for miles on the first day and wanted to get a good look around the city, we went on an open top bus tour. Barcelona It was €26, and you could hop on and off at loads of different points. There are 2 routes, and we took the best one I think, which went around loads of the sights including: Plaça d’Espanya, The Spanish Village, World Trade Center, Font màgica de Montjuïc, The Olympic Stadium and of course the Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou. It goes up to the cable cars and there is an amazing view of the entire city, however we stayed on the bus.

The whole city tour bus is a great idea, if you’re in Barcelona you should definitely try it.

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 1 Part 2

Tuesday, 27th August, 2013

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In the 2nd part of the day we went from the Cathedral down to Plaça de Catalunya which you could say is the main square of Barcelona, think of Trafalguar Square combined with a bit of Oxford Street. There is the big square with lots of shops around, El Triangle is there and El Corte Inglés, a huge department store.

The Hard Rock Café is also there, so I had to go in and get myself a t-shirt to add to my collection which I will blog about later. We went to Plaça de Catalunya a fair bit, since it’s in the middle of most things.

We only spent a bit of time in Plaça de Catalunya on the first day, just for a little look around to get our bearings.

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Barcelona Holiday 2013 – Day 1 Part 1

Tuesday, 27th August, 2013

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Day 1 of Barcelona. Arriving at the amazing, cool and posh like hotel, I love it! 😀 We stayed in L’Eixample and our hotel was just off Passeig de Gràcia, which is home to luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Louis Vuitton etc. and lots of high end jewelers.

We had a city view, which was cool, and could look out on to the street. The hotel had a Triumph bike in it, if you like bikes that may mean something :p

On the first day we went to Sagrada Familia, aka the famous Gaudi cathedral in Barcelona. I have been here before, but when I was just a kid, it is a must have place to go if you’re going to Barcelona. We seen a couple of other buildings, cathedrals and churches too.

I was amazed by the streets, the roads are so big! That is why you’ll see many photos of streets and roads, which were incredibly big! :p

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