Pipa Club: secret cocktails on Plaza Real, Barcelona

 

Unless you knew where to look, you wouldn’t expect to find the plaque hidden by an inconspicuous door on one of Plaza Real’s grey cloisters. You wouldn’t expect, when you rang the doorbell, to be buzzed up with nay a word, and you certainly wouldn’t expect to find one of Barcelona’s coolest bars at the top of the stairs. But, hey, GustoGuides is going to let you in on a little secret: this is the Pipa Club.

Principally (as the name suggests) a pipe smokers’ club, the bar also has a tidy sideline in live jazz and even houses an ‘ethnological pipe museum’ within its walls. As well as regular live music, the club organises pipe-smoking workshops (for novices), exhibitions and club dinners. Don’t worry if you aren’t a member – guests are welcome and – if you are lucky – you might even have the pleasure of a chat with the charming dueño.

Interior del Pipa Club
Old-school interior at Pipa Club

The club was founded by 8 members over (what we imagine) would have been a lovely dinner with pipes and brandy at Els Quatre Gats and is still going strong over 30 years later.

One thing to note is that food is not usually served at Pipa Club – best to come with a full belly.

Cuadro Pipa Club
Ceci n’est pas une pipe

Our bill

2 Gin and Tonics (yes ma’am) – €15

Barra del Pipa Club
Bar at the Pipa Club

The staff

There aren’t too many places in Barcelona when they let you in before opening hours, have the boss make you a drink and sit you down to watch some world-class jazz musicians rehearse. Five stars.

interior Pipa Club
The Sherlock Holmes themed bar

Best bits

We loved the relaxed, bohemian atmosphere and the mixed clientele.

Not so sure

A warning: if you have to get up early, don’t come to Pipa Club. As an old friend of Cutre’s used to say, ‘there is no such thing as just one drink in a really great bar’.

Puerta Pipa Club
Pipa Club door

More information

Pipa Club

  • Plaza Real, 3 principal, Nearest Metro: Liceu/Drassanes (L3)
  • 08002 Barcelona
  • Tel: 0034 93 302 47 32
  • Website: www.bpipaclub.com, Email: info@bpipaclub.com
  • Opening Hours: every day, 1800h ’til late

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