El Vaso de Oro
C/Balboa 6, Barcelona, 08003
- Recommended for:
- Seasoned travellers, People watching
Expert review of El Vaso de Oro
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.
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.
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.
Considering the amount of customers they have to deal with at once, the barmen, while not especially charming, do a sterling job.
C/Balboa is the first left off Passeig Joan de Borbó, the main drag leading up to the beach from Barceloneta metro.
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:
- Tapas bar
- C/Balboa 6, Barcelona, 08003
- 93 319 30 98
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Fri 9.30am-midnight. Sat-Sun 12.30pm-midnight. Closed for September.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible