Barcelona Bar, Ropeworks District, Liverpool

Barcelona Bar has a black and gold Gaudi theme

Though I lived in Liverpool as a student, I’m just a tourist these days, popping back to savour its distinct style.

In its latest iteration, Grand Central, a Grade II listed building in the Ropewalks District, has a Gaudi theme – black and gold on the outside with a Bazaar of eating places and bars within, including the colourful Barcelona Bar.

The colourful interior of Barcelona Bar Liverpool

We sneaked inside for a peep. It’s a little strange to be inside Barcelona Bar just after breakfast time when it is empty, calm, expectant. There’s an other-worldly, out-of-time feel as if daytime is not really its thing.

Barcelona Bar, Guy and Girl silhouettes

I still associate this area with antique and second hand shops, music venues, bookshops and independent record shops. While a lot has changed, such as this place, enough has stayed the same for me to feel at home in the city.

Some of the publicity material for Barcelona Bar claims it is world famous. I’m not sure about that – you tell me – but it’s just down the road from somewhere you might have heard about.

Barcelona Bar, Grand Central, Ropeworks, Liverpool

Walking up the hill from Grand Central, keeping the ruined cathedral on your right, you soon reach The Philharmonic which has a long history and recently featured in Carpool Karaoke.

If you have any love of The Beatles in general and Paul McCartney in particular, and missed seeing the episode, check it out on YouTube (search for Paul McCartney, Carpool Karaoke). It is joyful.

I don’t know how widely it’s available worldwide, but it’s worth a try. There are adverts in it, but you can skip them after a few seconds. You’ll find my favourite section from around 15 mins onwards. And yes, I do confess to spending a good few hours in The Philharmonic as a student.

Colourful portrait of John Lennon in a gold frame

I’ve been saving this post for Thursday Doors, but as I came to post my door picture, the first one, I started to wonder whether it is a real door or a fake one.  Regular readers may be thinking they have heard that before and to suspect I am suffering from a reality-doubting affliction.

I’m linking to Thursday Doors anyway as I took the pictures with Norm in mind, using the flimsy justification that there is a guaranteed real door at the back of the second shot. Anyone craving more doors can check out his post, which contains some beauties, and browse through the linked submissions.

30 Replies to “Barcelona Bar, Ropeworks District, Liverpool”

  1. I remember seeing this bar when we last visited Liverpool a few months ago. The general effect was somewhat spoilt by the cheap plastic outdoor seating!

        1. They do. A few months ago I was in the Bowland Food Hall’s cafe at Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, admiring their upholstery when a waitress tipped a whole cup of coffee over the chair next to me. Nobody was in it at the time, but I doubt it will ever be the same again.

  2. That is a very colorful and interesting bar. The front door has a Barcelona vibe, but the colorful insides seem more like Sevilla.

    1. A few blocks away there was a bar with an indoor swing seat. I bagsied the swing long enough to have a glass of wine. 🙂

  3. If SOME people around the world know about the bar, then I suppose it must qualify as world famous. Looks like a fun, snappy place. No wonder you liked it. Also, I, too, enjoyed the episode of Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney. What a gem he is—down-to-earth and unashamed of his modest beginnings.

    1. Good point. I liked the quirkiness of the decor there, but as we only had breakfast I can’t vouch for the atmosphere in the evening.

  4. i had never heard of the Barcelona Bar before this but I do love the vibrant colours.
    Thanks for joining us this week 🙂

  5. I remember seeing that episode with Paul McCartney – it was a good one. I wondered at first if what I was seeing here was that same bar. It is pretty iconic!

      1. What I remember was James was behind the bar, with Paul, etc. on the stage and because it wasn’t advertised, the patrons were over the moon excited.

    1. It’s a great way to bring an old building up to date, while preserving its architecture for the future. In the north of England, far too many fascinating old buildings are pulled down because today there seems to be no use for them.

  6. I’ve never been to Liverpool, never wanted to as I don’t ‘do’ cities, but I could be persuaded for a visit to this bar, it looks fabulous 🙂

    1. If you research before you go, you’ll find an interesting event or exhibition to go to. I usually call in to the Bluecoat Chamber. I like the crafts centre there.

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