Mariatchi: “Manu Chao’s bar” in Barcelona


Article updated 25 November, 2019. 0 comments

Come to the Mariatchi, a bar in Barcelona that is less well known, but just as chilled, as one of its most famous clients.

Mariatchi bar

Carrer dels Còdols 14


Friday and Saturday 7pm to 3am
Monday to Thursday 7pm to 2:30am
Sunday 7pm to 2:30am

How much?

à partir de 2 euros


for its great atmosphere
for its low prices

Manu Chao, the famous French singer and songwriter has a favourite bar in Barcelona. No wonder he chose the Mariatchi, a bar that is just like the artist: natural and unpretentious. It’s easy to imagine him sitting at the bar sipping on his caña or ready to scratch his guitar!

  • Located in the heart of the old town, this is a great place to visit if you want to have a great time without breaking the bank.

The Mariatchi: a bar with a relaxed party atmosphere

  • Mariatchi, is also the name of a Mexican style of music characterised by string instruments, trumpets and singing. It’s easy to see why this name was chosen as soon as you push the door of the bar, as a large colourful guitar decorates the wall, joyful rhythmic music resonates, and a banner of “Che Sudaka” is proudly displayed in honor of the famous music group composed of musicians from Argentina and Colombia. So welcome (almost) to South America!

Mariatchi fresco mural: guitar

  • You may have gathered that Mariatchi  isn’t a trendy venue for after-work drinks in a suit. Prepare to come here casual and with a smile on your face!  

Mariatchi: a cheap bar in the middle of the Gothic quarter

What better than low prices to keep you in a good mood? One thing is clear, there is nothing to fear from the bill! To give you an idea, beer and wine are 2.50 euros, sangria is 3.50 and cocktails (50ml!) are 7 euros. Soft drinks are 2 euros.

  • The prices are even better when you consider that the Mariatchi is located in the Gothic district which is very touristic and therefore more expensive. It’s not always easy to find affordable prices.
  • The Mariatchi doesn’t serve food apart from olives (1.50 euros) or handmade crisps (2.50 euros) to munch on, but they might not tide you over for too long!
  • If you prefer not to get there with an empty stomach, you can enjoy the tapas at Alcoba AzulBormuth or Xampanyeria all located around the Mariatchi.



  • If you’re lucky you might get to see one of the “spontaneous” concerts that sometimes strike up at the Mariatchi
  • Rumour has it that Manu Chao shows up from time to time, particularly in Winter when there are fewer tourists. But this is unconfirmed!

drawing pint of beerNext stop: Bar Mariatchi!

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Olivia has always loved Barcelona: its modernity, the fantastic climate, the sun, the beaches, the tiny winding streets of the Gothic quarter, the joyful and festive atmosphere… Like all the best love stories, this one ends “happily ever after”, and Olivia has now set up home in the Catalan capital.