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Bar Marsella

#1,074 of 7,775 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood:
El Raval
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Sant Pau 65, Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 42 72 63
Today
22:00 - 02:30
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 22:00 - 02:30
Fri - Sat 22:00 - 03:00
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!!!

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Thank Neil M
Huddersfield
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299 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Elizabeth F
Greater London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fell in love with the atmosphere of this bar, one of the oldest in Barcelona. It looks like you could see Dali having a drink at the bar! The absinth

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Malmo, Sweden
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

If one want to see how a bar from the late xix century in Barcelona look like, one must come to Bar Marsella, I don't know what is it, their Absenta, the place, the dust, the people, for me is a place one cannot miss when visiting Barcelona. A classic.

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1 Thank gaudy77
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Loved this place. Tell all my friends about it. The area isn't great but actually kind of adds to character of the place

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1 Thank Benyorks
Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Went there for Absinthe. The bar looks really very old and going by what every one was ordering, looked like it served only Absinthe. The staff are not very friendly. They did explain the correct way to have absinthe though. The drinks are cheap. My first drink was around 5 euros and then subsequent drink was 3 something. After 3... More 

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Thank Yograj K
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Went to the bar because of the history surrounding it. Had an absinthe or 2 and just took in the atmosphere. I love that it's still in the original owners family and he tends the bar. He was more than happy to talk about it. I hope it never changes, which it probably will not. A Barcelona experience for sure.... More 

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Catalonia, Spain
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67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Despite the originality of the place, the staff is unpolite and unfriendly. I understand that it is not a problem for them, because it is always packed but don't count on me again. I left without ordering any drink.

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We came here after reading about the history of the place and wow it definitely looks like you just went back in time! The service is amazing and the staff are welcoming and super friendly and very happy to recommend new drinks to try. We would love to come back here again ! The only downside is a loud group... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 15
Meals
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
22:00 - 02:30
Monday
22:00 - 02:30
Tuesday
22:00 - 02:30
Wednesday
22:00 - 02:30
Thursday
22:00 - 02:30
Friday
22:00 - 03:00
Saturday
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in El Raval

Neighbourhood Profile
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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