Gone are the days when the favorite drink to enjoy under the trees of Las Ramblas were cans of Estrella beer or jugs of watery sangria.
The craft beer movement has taken Barcelona by storm in recent years, and now you’ll find tasty craft beer pretty much everywhere – yes, even in those touristy bars along Las Ramblas!
From hidden hole-in-the-wall bars in El Born, to sleek hipster-style microbreweries with industrial vibes in Eixample, to beach bars and even local-only places in Gracia, there are plenty of places to choose from for those who wish to explore the Barcelona craft beer scene – even if you’re in town just for a short break!
You can also opt for some Barcelona beer-related tours and experiences – here you’ll find a selection!
- Barcelona: Traditional Catalan Food Discovery Tour
- Barcelona: Beer Bike Tour
- Barcelona: City Tour with Tapas
- From Barcelona: Sitges Kayaking and Snorkeling Trip
Otherwise, keep reading to discover our selection of the 15 best craft beer bars and microbreweries in Barcelona!
Best Microbreweries & Craft Beer Bars in Barcelona
1) Edge Brewing
Carrer de Llull, 62
Edge Brewing is run by two Americans who moved to the city and set up their addition to the Barcelona craft beer scene in 2014. They use yeast and hops exclusively from the US, as well as American equipment and techniques.
So why is this all-American spot such a go-to when it comes to craft beer in Barcelona? Because it’s good, that’s why. Explore what they’re up to each Saturday afternoon with a guided tour of their brewery, and sample a flight of tasters. If you just want to enjoy a simple beer or two, their taproom boasts up to ten freshly-made beers.
2) Garage Beer Co
Carrer del Consell de Cent, 261
This place is the proud owner of not one but two locations in the city. It all started as a brewpub in the Eixample district in 2015, while the newer brewery itself – located in Sant Andreu – opened for business in 2017. Either way, the folks behind it all believe in “quality first”.
As well as featuring a selection of their in-house brews, the Eixample location also offers the chance to sample beers from elsewhere in Catalonia and further afield. The beers themselves are delicious and are complemented with an extensive snack menu (think pulled pork sandwiches and quesadillas).
3) Black Lab
Palau de Mar Plaça Pau Vila 1
Despite the ominous name, Black Lab is actually a family business crafted with love (their words). Run by Matt from the US and Chinese-Spanish partner Jing, this Barcelona brewpub boasts not only great pours but also a mouthwatering menu of Asian-American dishes.
It’s a cool space, too, set inside a historic building with a large outdoor terrace for sunny days. There’s a comprehensive beer list to choose from – stouts, IPAs, and a few more fruity offerings. If you’re exploring the city, Black Lab is a very welcome rest stop.
C/ Muntaner, 55
Biercab features some super stylish high-end design and about a million taps. Okay, maybe not a million, but there are around 30 to choose from. This place weighs in with a balance of beer and great food to take a rightful spot as one of the best places for craft beer in Barcelona.
The group of friends behind this award-winning bar have provided a space that not only looks eye-catching, but is up to the task of delivering quality beer from the tap to your mouth. Alongside the taps, there is, of course, an in-depth selection of bottles for your perusal. Definitely worth a visit.
Carrer del Carme, 7
Another option for those who like a wide range of beer, Beerlinale is close to La Rambla, which makes it easily accessible to locals and visitors – and, obviously, popular. There are around 180 craft beers to pick from here, 30 of those being on tap.
These are paired perfectly with a really, really long list of tapas dishes. It wouldn’t be craft beer in Barcelona without tapas, which are basically the best bar snacks ever. There’s too many to count of just about everything – pretty exciting for beer-lovers and foodies alike.
Cardenal Casanas 7
Also located just off La Rambla in the Gothic Quarter is Kaelderkold. Its unassuming front means it’s pretty easy to pass by without noticing, but don’t let its low key appearance fool you – Kaelderkold is the real deal.
Laid-back and totally beer-focused, this brewpub has over five years experience pouring beer after beer from their 18 taps and expertly quenching their customers’ thirsts. It’s a pretty special spot for craft beer lovers in Barcelona, with an impressive Spain-heavy selection ranging from Basqueland IPA (6.8%) to the diabolical Guineu Lúpulo A Muerte (12%). Plus, it’s open late.
7) Barcelona Beer Company Taproom
C/ Farmacia 4
If unique selling points are your thing, you’ll love the fact that Barcelona Beer Company Taproom make their brews with pure mineral water collected from the Montseny Nature Park. No additives involved, either, so the beers taste fresh and delicious.
Their Barcelona brewpub (situated in Muntaner) is a contemporary hang-out and is complete with minimalist design and industrial-chic aesthetics. Here, you’ll be primed and ready for a hip evening of craft beer and gourmet snacks. Try their Big Bear Pale Ale (5%) to get things started, or maybe opt for Cerdos Voladores (6%), which is hoppy and flavourful.
8) Humble Beer
Carrer del Rosselló, 185
Humble Beer is a new addition to the Eixample beer scene. If you’re on an odyssey of craft beer in Barcelona and find yourself in this sprawling district, here is somewhere to check out, for sure.
Inside its suitably humble exteriors, you’ll find ten taps to choose from; six of these are reserved for local breweries only. Once you’ve made your decision, you can sit and sip your brew on a backdrop of laid-back music – maybe with some of their cheeses and cured meats to go with it. Staff are knowledgeable, so consult them first if you don’t know what to go for.
9) La Bona Pinta
carrer Diputació 433
An authentic pub, La Bona Pinta is a little on the small side, but big in terms of atmosphere and quality of beer. It’s easily one of the best craft beer bars in Barcelona. Find the beers displayed on a board outside, or choose from one of the many bottled beers displayed in rows crammed on the shelves (you can buy these to take away, too).
It is tiny, but there are a few seats in this bar for you to sample what they’ve got on offer. The LBS Santa Rosso Belgian Ale (7.4%) is particularly delicious, for one example. Otherwise, ask the staff for recommendations.
10) Barna Brew
Carrer del Parlament 45
If you’re a fan of Belgian style beers, you should definitely make time to seek out Barna Brew – it specialises in Belgian brews, after all. This place started life in 2017, and you’ll find it in the Sant Antoni neighbourhood.
Inside, the feel is characterful and cosy, with rustic plaster walls, vintage wooden furnishings, and old-school terrazzo tables. Classic and simple, you’ll quickly fall in love with the aesthetics. The taste of their beers – brewed with both Belgian and Catalan influences – is fairly sophisticated, and goes very nicely with their Catalan-Belgian inspired food menu.
11) La Cervesera Artesana
C/ Sant Agustí, 14
Claiming to be Barcelona’s first brewpub, La Cervesera Artesana has been serving great beer since 1996. This Eixample-based bar – complete with classic, cosy interiors – is a local favourite for friendly meet-ups and gatherings, and this atmosphere makes for some great beer-drinking, of course!
So turn up, find a place to sit down, and choose from one of the 25 styles of beers that are conjured up in their very own microbrewery (there are even some fun little windows to peer into where the magic happens). If you feel spoiled for choice – and you will – ask the bar staff, and they’ll recommend something delicious.
Carrer d’En Robador, 18
For those who want craft beer in Barcelona in a hipster-friendly setting, Olofson is just the ticket. It’s all very chic, with industrial touches and eclectic furnishings throughout. Even the food is cool, all of it Scandinavian inspired (hence the name) and much of it smoked, served on little trays.
The beer is no less inventive, with variations ranging from hoppy lagers to lambics. There are 12 craft beers on tap at any one time, so the choice is pretty good too – and yes, there’s a decent bottle selection. Chill on a sofa, order some snacks, and sip your beer to a soundtrack of decidedly cool music.
13) Bar La Beata
Carrer de Jesús, 12-20
Two friends (former hops dealers) set up Bar La Beata in 2016 and, well, the rest is history. It’s now a hotspot for craft beer in the Gracia district. Taps, as well as bottles and cans, can be drunk here in its cosy, Mediterranean interiors – think wooden bar, tiled floor, and stools to perch on.
The beers on offer here lean towards the hoppy side of things. There are nine rotating taps hosting beers from mainly Spanish breweries, with a couple usually reserved for well-known overseas brewers. There are always some surprising, more exotic brews found here, which is fun.
Carrer de l’Hospital, 74
Look at the white tiled wall behind the bar in Ølgod; you’ll notice a large chalkboard scrawled with beers, under which there is a row of dozens of taps. That’d be 30, to be exact. Serving up local and international craft beers, there’s literally something to suit everybody here.
This is the kind of place where you can find a spot to sit on a comfy chair or sofa, and then easily while away an hour or two (or three) soaking up the atmosphere and slowly making your way through the tap selection. Craft beer heaven, you could say.
15) La Mes Petita
C/ Diputacio, 30
Do you like your beer bars boutique? If so, La Mes Petita could be your new favourite go-to for craft beer in Barcelona. Although it’s small (La Mes Petita means “The Smallest One”), this is a very popular spot. That’s probably because it’s all about the beer here.
Yep – what they lack in floor space they make up for in tasty, tasty beers. For something eminently drinkable, the Ratpenat Cervesers Session Rye IPA (4.4%) is a great choice. But the beers are ever-changing, obviously. Beers can be ordered to take away if there’s not enough room in this very small, but very great, beer-drinking venue.