Ok, so it’s not the Ritz, and probably one of the scruffiest bars you’ll visit when in Barcelona – but it is, as they say, More than a bar.
It’s called Oller but everyone knows it as Pep’s – after its illustrious former owner who still pops in now and then. If you look around the walls you’ll see pencil portraits of Pep.
Opened in 1929 – as you step into the bar look down at the pavement – you’ll see a plaque celebrating the bar’s contribution to city life.
It’s fairly quiet during the morning and a good place to chill with café con leche, a croissant and a newspaper.
The terrace is perfectly positioned to get the best of the afternoon sunshine.
In the evening it’s a different place altogether – packed with friends and neighbours meeting up for a beer, a bite and a chinwag after work.
The mix of local characters: writers, photographers, musicians, journalists, teachers, artisans and builders make this a lively place to meet up before dinner or going out on the town.
Snacks available: croquetas, bombas (balls of potato filled with meat and rolled in breadcrumbs), tortillas, cheeses, chorizo, fuet and llonganiza (cured meat sausages) and, uniquely, mini filo pastry wraps filled with emmental cheese, frankfurter and sobrassada (pressed pork).
It’s just around the corner from restaurant Can Josep (see this article) so you may want to pop in for an aperitivo before going on for a meal.
Voll Damm on draft.