The Best Bars in Barcelona for Students on a Budget

Hi there! Did you just arrive to Barcelona? We hope that by now you are already familiar with the key terms to survive as a student in Barcelona. No, we are not talking about how to ask directions or when is the next exam. We are talking about the really important worlds: cerveza, tapas, sangria, croquetas. If you do, it means that you are already familiar with Barcelona’s nightlife. Well done!

If you don’t, let us introduce you!

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Where to have dinner?

Barcelona has some amazing places to eat good, nice and cheap but they might be a bit hidden. They are the places where the real people from Barcelona hang out on the weekends for some cañas (a small glass of beer) with their ‘amigos’.

Many bars in Barcelona offer the deal ‘Caña’ + ‘tapa’. This is a cheap way to have dinner and end up a bit ‘alegre’ (happily tipsy). Some good options are:

El Ambiente del Sur (Carrer Vidalomat 85) serves a large tapa with every caña for only 1.80€. Their  tapas are traditional style, the Spanish omelet is very recommendable.

Bar Pasajes (Sant Pere Mes Alt 31-33) offers a ‘caña’+’croqueta’ for 2.20€. The original interior design make worth a visit.

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Gata Mala (Carrer rabassa 37) which offers homemade tapas and beer for 1.50€. it is always packed with a young crowd, the after work is its peak time.

La Xula Tapería (Carrer La Mare de Déu dels Desamparats 18, 080002) draught beers poured to perfection and gourmet tapas. You must taste the tuna tataki and mustard tart.



Other traditional bars from Barcelona, where you can eat ‘tapas’ and traditional catalan food are:

-Bar Pinotxo: this bar located in La Boquería Market (Rambla 91, stall 466- 470) is a classic. It serves traditional catalan dishes and it costs from 5- 15€ per person. 

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-Can Paixano (Reina Cristina 7): It is also known as ‘La Xampanyeria’ and it is famous because of its cava. Fancy, right? The rosat is fantastic and it only costs 2.5€. You should also try some of their sandwiches.

-Bar Marín (Plaça de Torres i Bages): located in San Andreu, this bar has been run by the same family for more than 70 years. Can you keep a secret? They prepare the best Patatas Bravas in Barcelona.

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-Esquinica(Passeig de Fabra I Puig, 296): the large lines of people and the fact that you need to get a number (supermarket style) to be able to enter are a clear proof of its success. You must taste the chocos (creamy squid rings).

All right my foodies! This is all for today! Enjoy the best bars in Barcelona and don’t waste time in finding your accommodation, just take a look at the housing options in Barcelona on Beroomers, find your perfect room and let us do all the hard work!

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