El Vaso de Oro

Price guide: Mid-range

C/Balboa 6, Barcelona, 08003

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Sally Davies, your Barcelona expert

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#34 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Barcelona
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.8
3.8
Recommended for:
Seasoned travellers, People watching

Expert review of El Vaso de Oro

A much loved tapas bar in the maritime quarter.

One of Barcelona’s most beloved tapas bars, El Vaso de Oro (the ‘Golden Glass’) also has a reputation for good, well pulled beer. It’s a good idea to arrive outside the most popular slots (2pm to 4pm, 9pm to 11pm) unless you enjoy extremes of local hubbub.

Food and drink: 

The tapas include all the usual favourites - patatas bravas, baby chorizo sausages, terracotta dishes filled with prawns and sizzling garlic - but there are also a few house specials, such as spicy tuna or succulent cubes of sirloin. There is no list, just point at whatever looks good on your neighbour’s plate.

Ambience: 

Not for shrinking violets, El Vaso de Oro requires a certain amount of steely nerve, especially for non-Spanish speakers. It’s a long, narrow space, with a couple of tables and then seats along the bar, but is often standing room only, and getting yourself heard can be a challenge. Fun, though.

Service: 

Considering the amount of customers they have to deal with at once, the barmen, while not especially charming, do a sterling job.

Location: 

C/Balboa is the first left off Passeig Joan de Borbó, the main drag leading up to the beach from Barceloneta metro.

Price advice: 

Tapas dishes vary from about 4-12 euros, but I've also been charged different prices for the same thing, depending on the day. Ask for a receipt ('el ticket'), if you're concerned.

More information on El Vaso de Oro:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Tapas bar
Food:
Tapas
Address:
C/Balboa 6, Barcelona, 08003
Telephone:
93 319 30 98
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 9.30am-midnight. Sat-Sun 12.30pm-midnight. Closed for September.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to El Vaso de Oro? Would you recommended it?