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 Bar Oller but for many years was known as Pep’s – after its illustrious former owner. If you look around the walls, you’ll see pencil portraits of Pep. Now, many locals refer to it as Junior’s, after the current owner – but it’s still Pep’s for most locals.
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 often 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 sobrassada (pressed pork).
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.