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Bar Marsella

Bar Marsella

Dali, Picasso, Gaud, Heminway... and many others famous artists used to come to the Bar Marsella to have a drink.


Order an absinthe, a very strong french beverage, today forbidden in France, guess why! Open since 1820, probably the very first bar in Barcelona. Today you'll see locals, students, young alternative people and a few nostalgics from the french Mai 68.

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Bar Marsella

C/Sant Pau, 65, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Area: El Raval
Opening hours: From 9pm to 3am.
Phone: 93 442 72 63
Metro/Bus: Liceu (L3) , Paral.lel (L2, L3)
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Bar Marsella
Lola (9 Jun 2013 - 10:00)
Todos a firmar contra el cierre del Marsella: el último bar de la Barcelona auténtica de antes de las Olimpiadas y la posterior invasión de turismo masificado que provocaron.
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  1. About absinthe - Roger Robbe (9 Jul 2012 - 07:45)

    There's alot of good information about absinthe on the net, and I recommend it to anyone thinking of heading to the Bar Marseilles. is a good place to start.

    Absinthe is presently distilled in the same tradition as before, because the toxic element called "thujone" that is contained in wormwood was actually present at acceptable levels during the heyday of absinthe... though some claim that absinthe has special effects (I have always had a good time at the Bar Marseilles), there's no reason to think it is any different than alcohol.

    As for there being many American frat boys at the bar, this may be the case, though you never know - maybe their grandparents signed up for the international brigades? Maybe there is a Hemingway among them? Besides the annoying accents, young Americans are no more obnoxious than those of other countries.

  2. Bar Marsella - Kim Nyg (22 Aug 2011 - 10:30)

    Fun place but beware of pickpockets just outside the door of this bar

  3. Está abierto todavía. Bar Marsella still in business. - Review of Bar Marsella (21 May 2011 - 10:00)

    Fui esta noche para tomar absinthe. The bar is still open and was actually really popular... it took a while to find but definitely still open. Had the absinthe and have to agree with the other reviewers that there's nothing too different between this and strong liquor. (I heard it's because they took the wormwood out of the beverage---its what caused the hallucinogenic effect). Cool vibe, lots of tourists though there.

  4. esta cerrada esta barra - d wıllıammson (29 Mar 2011 - 08:45)

    Me gustarıa saber sı esta lugar esta cerrada:)

  5. looking for a friend - Barb Albright (23 Nov 2010 - 02:58)

    Just trying to find Scott Jenkins, heard he owns this great place but not sure.

  6. Great Bar - Al (Los Angeles, CA, USA) (23 Nov 2010 - 02:58)

    This is an amazing bar! absinthe crazy potent; mad fun. Did the owners find a phone there last night? I think the green fairy took it out of my pocket! If yes, leave a comment and I will come down and get it.

  7. hours - Owners brother (17 Jun 2009 - 16:17)

    They are open from 11pm to 2 am.

  8. Bar Marsella - Dario (5 Aug 2008 - 21:05)

    Uno dei piu' brutti bar dove sia mai capitato di essere stato!!!
    Probabilmente soppravvive solo con la clientela lonely planet...come me peraltro..azz!!!

  9. marsella - lulu (2 Feb 2008 - 00:11)

    es la leche

  10. absenta - sandra (16 Apr 2007 - 10:09)

    Incredibile...non lo dimenticherete, un posto unico e stimolante...suggerimento: perdetevi nelle stradine del raval e nella sua magica piazzetta, i suoi " animaletti" saranno davvero suggestivi!!

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