El Vaso de Oro

Address: C/Balboa 6, Barcelona, 08003, Spain
Telephone: 93 319 30 98

- Mid-range

4

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
4.1
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
4.1
90%
Value for money
3.8
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
4
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Seasoned travellers
  • People watching

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