Aribau Barcelona, known as Carrer Aribau in Catalan or Calle Aribau in Spanish, is one of the coolest streets in Barcelona, full of Barcelona bars, Barcelona Restaurants and of course, home to the SuiteLife office, Carrer Aribau Barcelona is possibly the coolest places for Barcelona nightlife.
Carrer Aribau is a long street running for about 2km’s from Via Augusta down to Gran Via, Placa Universitat. It’s more or less a straight road, downhill or uphill depending of course, which direction you are going in!
I lived in Barcelona for over a year and never even knew about Calle Aribau in Barcelona. Although central, Carrer Aribau is located a little way out of the centre of Barcelona city. Only after working in the SuiteLife office did I realise the secret world of fun I had been missing out on. It’s a beautiful old, dramatic street with strong bold architecture and sums up the “Eixample barrio“.
I would say that Calle Aribau has two distinct characteristics. By day, it’s all business, and home to many of Barcelona’s upmarket offices. You will see business men walking around in their smart suits, and notice some swanky cars driving up and down the road. By night, it’s party central and offers some of Barcelona’s finest bars, cocktail bars and Whisky bars. You will find the same crowd in the bars having their after work drinks.
There are countless bars, restaurants and clubs on Calle Ariabau, here are a few hand selected “extra special” places we think you NEED to check out!
The businessmen who work on Carrer Aribau queue up for a table here at lunch time, it’s one of the most popular restaurants in Barcelona, but not only with tourists. Catalan locals love this place and it’s authenticity shines through, from it’s classical Catalan tapas menu, to it’s simple but handsome interior. (Click here for a more in-depth look at La Flauta)
Aribau 23 | Eixample | Barcelona |+34933237038
Mon – Sat 08:00 – 01:00
Have you ever been to a bar, where you get to pur your own drink? NO? Well you need to get to Le Cyrano, a Barcelona bar like no other. If you want for example, a Gintonic (Gin & Tonic), they will give you the bottle of Gin and a bottle of tonic and a glass, it’s up to you to decide how strong you want your drink. All this, and it’s only €4. As you can imagine, this is one of the most popular bars in Barcelona and attracts tourists and locals alike. (Click here for a more details).
NOTE!*!*!*! – Friends of mine have gone to check out Le Cyrano only to find it’s closed. In reality, they were just to early, Le Cyrano doesn’t open until 11pm! Don’t forget this is Barcelona and the party doesn’t get going until much later than usual!
Aribau 154 | Eixample | Barcelona| 08036
In Barcelona, we have “Chupitos” which translates to “shots”. This bar which is basically called “shots” has some of the craziest and most creative shots you are likely to ever try, apparently over 500 varieties.
The “Harry Potter shot” is a flaming hot experience not for the faint hearted, and is also the reason you will see fire extinguishers hanging up behind the bar.
Located directly opposite the SuiteLife office, this bar is typically full of Americans but also locals looking for something fun to do on the weekend!
Espit Chupitos | Aribau 77 | Eixample | Barcelona
When I say this Barcelona restaurant is a “secret restaurant”, I don’t mean it’s secret because only the locals know about it, I literally mean it’s a secret. Disguised as a laundrette, Dontell restaurant looks like a typical Barcelona laundrette, complete with a “dry cleaning” price list in the window.
You cannot walk into this Dontell restaurant off the street, you NEED to book a table first. Confirmation of your table will read as “Your dry cleaning is ready for you to pick up!”
Once inside, you’ll be given a secret number to dial into the “vault” style door, leading into the restaurant area. Dontell is the ideal Barcelona restaurant to take your friends and family to, but “Dontell” them in advance and remember to take a camera for those confused/shocked family photos!
Dontell Tintoreria (Restaurant) | Aribau 55| Eixample | Barcelona | +34934520720
Located smack bang in the middle of Calle Aribau, we at SuiteLife are proud to have our office here, right in the thick of it. With all this fun stuff to do, right on our doorstep, it’s a wonder we ever get anything done!
So if you are looking for flats in Barcelona or simply want some advice about moving to Barcelona, pop in for a coffee and and hang out on the SuiteLife terrace with views of across the city!
The SuiteLife Office | Sobre Atico 2 | Ariabau 80 | Eixample | Barcelona | +34934514118
Experienced, written and loved by Ben Holbrook – SuiteLifer and Aribau Adventurer