Delightfully Different: 5 Unusual Bars and Restaurants in Barcelona

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Looking to try something a bit different? In one of Europeโ€™s cosmopolitan epicentres, there is plenty of innovation to go round. From flouncing around in a fairyland to rocking out on the sticky floors of a Mancunian haven, here we check out five of Barcelonaโ€™s most unusual dining and drinking experiences, weโ€™re sure they wonโ€™t disappoint.

1. Dans le Noir?ย 

Considered to be one of the top 10 most original restaurants in the world, dining at Dans le Noir? certainly wonโ€™t be another ordinary evening meal. At this artfully unorthodox establishment you will be enjoying a first-class meal in complete darkness. Yes, absolutely pitch black. Dans le Noir? have come up with the perfect way for people to invigorate their senses and enjoy good quality food and drink they may never have tried before without fear of judgement. Describing themselves as a sensory, social and human experience Dans le Noir? hopes to provide its customers with a new feeling of appreciation for a sense that we so often take for granted.ย 

Dans le Noir?
Passeig de Picasso, 10, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 932 68 70 17
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Dans le Noir? Barcelona
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2. Icebarcelona

Feeling frosty? At this refreshingly cool bar, you neednโ€™t worry about running out of ice. Strangely situated along the boiling hot sands of Barceloneta Beach, Icebarcelona welcomes its customers to enjoy delicious cocktails in the icy chamber that maintains a year round temperature of between -5 and -10 degrees celsius. Provided with a coat and gloves on arrival, guests can marvel in the below freezing surroundings and take in some of the magnificent ice sculptures that have been beautifully hand-crafted.

Entrada por la playa, Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 932 24 16 25
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3. El Bosc de les Fades

Translating to the Forest of the Fairies, El Bosc de les Fades is Barcelonaโ€™s magical secret. This high concept bar has been intricately decorated and everywhere you turn you see something new. Mystically inviting, the main area of the bar is filled with vines and branches, and donโ€™t forget the huge tree trunks bursting through, creating a real forest-like feeling. As you travel through the bar, things take an even trippier turn. Other areas throughout the bar donโ€™t seem to mimic that of the main room, with a traditional pub โ€˜snugโ€™ adorned with origami beetles covering the windows and a medieval style rocking bed for seating. Then onto the another area in this other-worldy realm which is embellished with plush Victorian upholstery. Itโ€™s pretty easy to lose track in this mind-bending establishment, but certainly a trip worth taking.

El Bosc de les Fades
Passatge de la Banca, 7, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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El Bosc de les Fades, Barcelona
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4. Manchester Barย 

Tucked away in Barcelonaโ€™s Gothic Quarter is a bar dedicated to all things Mancunian. Transport yourself to one of the UKโ€™s biggest cities of music for the night and enjoy sounds from the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and many more. Boasting a wide variety of reasonably priced beverages, the Manchester Bar is one of Barcelonaโ€™s coolest indie hang outs.ย 

Manchester Bar
Carrer de Milans, 5, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 627 73 30 81
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Manchester Bar, Barcelona
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5. Betty Ford’sย 

Named after one of Hollywoodโ€™s most famous detox and rehabilitation centreโ€™s, Barcelonaโ€™s Betty Fordโ€™s bar has all the 50s vibes one could desire. Attracting an array of people on a daily basis, this quirky little haunt really sets the American theme. Offering some of the best burgers in the city as well as a refreshingly wide range of vegetarian options, Betty Fordโ€™s has built itself an almost cult-like following from both tourists and locals.

Betty Ford’s
Carrer de Joaquรญn Costa, 56, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Telephone: ย +34 933 04 13 68
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Betty Ford's Bar, Barcelona
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