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Bar Marsella

#956 of 8,127 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
El Raval
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Sant Pau 65, Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 42 72 63
22:00 - 02:30
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Sun - Thu 22:00 - 02:30
Fri - Sat 22:00 - 03:00
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing bar. The atmosphere is so unbelievable. These walls and bottles have seen Hemingway, Picasso, Dalí and Gaudi to drink absinthe... The ceremony of drinking absinthe is also very magical.We were in a different century for a half an hour.

1 Thank Eva S
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Beautiful place to have a drink, the way the barman prepared the gin and tonic was magical with a burning stick of Rosemary

Thank Tom F
Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

When I saw this bar on TV I thought I just have to visit. The next time I was in Barcelona I went and was not in the least bit disappointed. You are literally drinking where Antoni Gaudi, Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Salvador Dali have sat drinking absinthe and the amazing thing is that very little has changed. Original dusty... More 

Thank macnab99
Ashdod, Israel
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43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Very cool place. Don't expect service on tables, but the bartenders are nice and speak English well. Drinks aren't that expensive. The Absinth drink is the thing here (use a lighter to light the sugar cube before you drink). Avoid if you don't loud noise and looking for an elegant location.

Thank Peter B
Dublin, Ireland
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133 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017

A friend of mine dragged me to this bar, she was talking about the best gyn and Tonic and blah blah blah, I couldt stop her talking and talking about this bar. She told me that the bar was so old and that havent been changed for ages. I was thinking about it and it was a surprise that a... More 

Thank alseanvittor
Saint Louis, Missouri
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Okay okay, I only sought this place out because it was the former hangout of Hemingway, Picasso, Dalí, and Gaudí, but I actually loved the bar as a whole. The entire place is lined with dusty bottles and old time mirrors- so cool to sit IN history. Hemingway supposedly used to order the absinthe, so I had to try. I... More 

Thank teaganpotter
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94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This bar looks like it hasn't changed since the 19th Century - the paint on the ceiling is peeling, the curtains had seen better days etc. but this all adds to the charm. They have a full bar but the only thing you should really drink here is the absinthe. For less than €5, you get a large glass of... More 

1 Thank Jill M
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

A hard to find Gem in the back streets just off La Ramblas. Very friendly staff explain the history of the drink and how to enjoy it! Beware the Green Fairy, she creeps up on you!!!

1 Thank Neil M
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312 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

This bar comes highly recommended in all the guides as a place to follow in the footsteps of every artist, writer, architect etc who had Bohemian leanings and liked a drop of absinthe after a hard day's work. The bar is wonderfully atmospheric as if preserved in time. The absinthe has to be tried although it's not the best I've... More 

1 Thank AleksHuddersfield
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I visited with a couple of friends to see how the oldest bar in barcelona looks like and It was better than I was expecting it. Great environment and people ordering only absint. I recommend to visit for the experience

1 Thank Elizabeth F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$15
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
22:00 - 02:30
22:00 - 02:30
22:00 - 02:30
22:00 - 02:30
22:00 - 02:30
22:00 - 03:00
22:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sant Pau 65, Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Raval
  • Neighbourhood: El Raval
  • Phone Number: +34 934 42 72 63

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in El Raval

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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 forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
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