You can throw a stone in Barcelona and hit a plaza with no problem. There are so many and the well-known ones are always filled with people coming and going, laughing and drinking. Here is a list of smaller plazas that are off the beaten path where you can sit and relax with a beer and a snack.
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Tucked away in the La Sagrera neighborhood of the Sant Andreu district is Plaça Masadas, a small yet lively square that is a local favorite. About five minutes walking from the Metro (lines 1 and 5) and next to Parc de la Pegaso, this is a great place to grab a beer and a tapa. This square is surrounded on four sides by small bars and restaurants, all with terrazas in front. One place to note is L’empanat, a bar that offers cheap beer and a wide variety of mouth-watering burgers. If you extend your stay in the city, perhaps with a short-term flat rental, you will probably be able to catch live music or dancing in the plaza on the weekend!
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The Horta Metro stop is located in Plaça d’Eivissa, a plaza that is farther outside of the city center but is worth the trip if you’re looking for a place to get a beer and not be surrounded by tons of people. The atmosphere is relaxed but it’s popular with locals who are out and about for a drink with friends. There are several bars in this plaza, all on the affordable side, so it’s a great place to meet for a drink and enjoy some tasty snacks. There are also some shops in this area so after a few beers you can check out some shopping and enjoy a walk around one of Barcelona’s lesser-known neighbourhoods.
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Plaça del Sol
In the heart of Gràcia is Plaça del Sol, a plaza that really gets going at nighttime. During the day Plaça del Sol is full of people hanging around and relaxing and by night it’s a great place to eat and drink. This plaza is packed to the brim with small bars and eateries so you will have your choice of where you want to eat and drink. Gràcia by nature is a funkier, more hip area, so that’s exactly what you can expect when you arrive in this plaza. In fact, this neighborhood is so popular that many people choose to rent long-term here. Explore Plaça del Sol and all that it has to offer!
Plaça del Bonsuccés
Plaça del Bonsuccés is located just steps away from La Rambla, but isn’t a big or well-known plaza like Plaça Catalunya or Plaça Reial. This small plaza is located on Carrer de Bonsuccés, a street lined with shops, boutiques, and take-out stands. About halfway down the street, you will reach the small plaza that has a few tables set up in front of various bars in which you can grab a beer and something to munch on. Buenas Migas is a cheap option, and you must try their orange-infused olives for something unique and delicious.