Six top beach bars in Barcelona

Ah, summer in Barcelona. Sightseeing at the Sagrada Familia, strolls along Las Ramblas, and beach, beach, beach. There’s no better way to relax after a long day of discovering the Catalan capital than by kicking back with a cool cocktail and some traditional Spanish tapas at one of the many beach bars in Barcelona. These popular hangouts, which can be found all along the seven main Barcelona beaches, come in many different shapes and sizes, from the popular “chiringuitos” to the biggest clubs and pubs lining the shore. Here you can dig into a delectable meal, enjoy a cheeky drink or two or simply chill out with the magical Mediterranean as your backdrop!

El Xiringuito de Escribà Beach bar at Barcelona Photo: http://xiringuitoescriba.com/

El Xiringuito de Escribà Beach bar at Barcelona


The chiringuitos of Barcelona are a favorite among visitors and locals alike during the warm summer months.  Best described as open shacks built on the sand where patrons can unwind during the day and party at night, they make for a great place to relax from dusk ‘til dawn.  These cool beach bars offer a wide variety of drinks and snacks, ranging from authentic tapas to some of the best seafood in the city. With some chiringuitos hosting live DJ sets, you can even enjoy a memorable beach party or catch some summer sports on the big screen TVs!

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Whether you’re renting one of the many beach apartments in Barcelona and are looking to frequent these summer hotspots daily, or you’re just in search of a place to shake off the heat, head to one of these top chiringuitos or beach bars in Barcelona:

El Xiringuito de Escribà

El Xiringuito de Escribà, located on the beautiful Bogatell Beach, offers a delicious take on typical Mediterranean cuisine as well as some fresh seafood dishes. This bar-restaurant has a menu of cool cocktails to enjoy with your meal and is situated on one of the trendiest beaches in Barcelona. Be sure to save some room for dessert, as this venue is renowned for satisfying that sweet tooth!

Where to find it: Avinguda del Litoral, 42.  Metro L4-Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: Xiringuitoescriba.com

IceBarcelona in Barcelona Photo: http://www.icebcn.com/

IceBarcelona in Barcelona


In search of a truly unique night out? If so, look no further than Icebarcelona! This ice bar is situated just steps from the beach, making it one of the top spots to cool down on a hot summer night. No need to bring a jacket, for as soon as you walk in, you’ll be handed a cozy winter coat and gloves. Don’t miss your chance to take a seat on one of the Park Güell-style benches while you enjoy your drinks that come served in frozen ice glasses. This one’s a great place to “chill” out!

Where to find it: C/ Ramón Trias Fargas, 2. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.icebcn.com

Shoko in Barcelona Photo: http://www.shoko.biz/

Shoko in Barcelona


Shôko, one of Barcelona’s best known nightclubs, is situated right on the beachfront, a location that allows for beautiful seaside views as you sip on your drink of choice. The unique décor adds an extra special touch, and with dishes ranging from European to Asian, you can’t go wrong with dinner and drinks at this chic locale. Don’t miss the amazing theme parties at Shôko, a club that is a regular host to all-star international DJs like Felix de Housecat and Sammy Jo from the Scissor Sisters.

Where to find it: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.shoko.biz

Princesa 23 Beach Bar in Barcelona Photo: http://www.princesa23.es/

Princesa 23 Beach Bar in Barcelona

Princesa 23

In the middle of the Barceloneta Beach promenade, you will find Princesa 23. The location of this chiringuito right on the sand makes it one of the most frequented in town. This place serves refreshing cocktails at reasonable prices and we recommend you stop by after 7pm to grab a discounted mojito or caipirinha as you watch the sun go down.

Where to find it: Barceloneta Beach. Metro L4 -Ciutadella/Vila Olímpica Website: www.princesa23.es

El Boo Beach Club

If you’re looking for a place with a more local atmosphere, then head to El Boo, one of the coolest beach clubs in Barcelona. A favorite among Barcelona residents, you can find this chiringuito situated on a small pier between the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches, making it a perfect place to relax by the Med.We recommend reserving one of their seaside hammocks or VIP beds so you can catch some rays in style.

Where to find it: Espigó de Bac de Roda, 1. Metro L4 – Poblenou Website: www.elboo.es

El Boo in Barcelona Photo www.elboo.es

El Boo in Barcelona

Mochima Bars

The Mochima Bars are a great place to enjoy a few drinks, morning, noon and night. This chain of chiringuitos can be found on both the Mar Bella and Nova Mar Bella beaches and both happening huts are bit hits with the local crowd. Dig into the variety of Mexican-style snacks on offer, sit back with a refreshing “bebida” and if you are looking for a memorable Sunday night out during summer, head here for one of their free beach parties with live DJs!

Where to find them: Take Metro L4 to Poblenou and head along the beaches

So, whether it’s a relaxing afternoon under the Spanish sun you’re after or a full-on fiesta at one of the liveliest spots in town this summer, there will definitely be a beach bar in Barcelona for you!

This article is brought to you by Apartment Barcelona, a short and long term apartment rental agency with over 200 beach apartments in Barcelona.

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Photo Credits: El Xiringuito de Escribà by Xiringuitoescriba.com, Icebarcelona by www.icebcn.com, Shôko by www.shoko.biz, Princesa 23 by www.princesa23.es, El Boo by www.elboo.es

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  • Reply
    Try New Things
    July 29, 2013 at 1:41 am

    I am heading to Barcelona and I think there is nothing better than having a cocktail while your feet are in the sand. I will definitely check these out. I might not have my feet in the sand for all of them but they look very cool and worth a visit.

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      Heather Cowper
      July 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

      @Kelly It’s really part of the Spanish beach experience to have lunch or dinner in one of the chiringuitos on the sand with the smell of grilled fish in the air.

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    Mark H
    July 30, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Geez, you cannot get more beach front than El Xiringuito de Escribà Beach bar at Barcelona – it looks like it is in the middle of the beach.

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      Heather Cowper
      July 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

      @Mark That’s the joy of the chiringuitos – you literally are eating seafood and drinking cocktails with your feet in the sand – the ultimate summer living

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    July 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I would so love to go to Barcelona. These beaches are so incredible. How awesome would it be to dine on the beach?!?

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      Heather Cowper
      July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      @Gina Yes, the seafood is normally supurb at these beach bars

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    Christoffer Moen
    August 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    That Ice Barcelona is awesome. Head out there when it gets too hot out and chill with some drinks. Not bad, not bad at all. Thanks for sharing this!

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    Lauren Meshkin
    August 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Bookmarking this so I can pull it up later whilst planning my next trip to Spain! The last photo is gorgeous, totally up my alley. Very enjoyable read 🙂

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      Heather Cowper
      August 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      @Lauren Don’t blame you, I wouldn’t mind being in one of those chiringuitos right now eating fresh fish with the sand between my toes

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