Ale & Hop

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14 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

Carrer de les Basses de Sant Pere, 10
Barcelona, 08003

+34 931 26 90 94 | map

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Added by ALEHOP on 04-30-2012

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Daniellobo
4.14/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of songoftheeclipse
1/5  rDev -75.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

My lady and I were really excited to check out Ale & Hop during our visit to Barcelona. It seemed like it would cover many of our wants by providing craft beer for me and vegetarian food for her in a relaxed atmosphere. Unfortunately it turned out to be the worst experience I've ever had in a beer bar in Europe or the US.

We arrived a bit after 19 hour on Monday the 22nd. There were a few people in the front enjoying some beers and making the best of the rainy day. I looked over the beer board and saw a couple of Edge brewing collaboration beers, and the rest were from around Europe. I ordered a Buxton Ace Edge and asked about ordering food. I was told by the bartender (taller man with glasses) the kitchen would open at 20 hour. There wasn't much seating open in the front, so my lady and I walked to the back and sat down at a table to wait.

About twenty minutes passed and a different man approached us. He was shorter with dark hair and wearing a black t shirt and jean shorts. He told us we would need to leave. After a moment of confusion I asked if the table was reserved and he told us it wasn't. I asked why we had to go, and he told us it was because the table was only for people eating food. We informed him we were planning on eating and were waiting for the kitchen to open. He said that was okay, but we would have to leave if we didn't order. My partner in crime was already pretty taken aback by his rude tone and insistence that we leave, but I figured it was possibly just due to him speaking in English and not his native language. I did agree that he came off quite rude though.

We waited until 20 hour for the kitchen to open, and when it came and passed and nothing happened, assumed the kitchen had been held up and service would start soon.

About 15 minutes past 20 hour he came back and asked what we wanted to eat. We asked him if we could see a menu before we ordered. He seemed very annoyed and told us again that if we didn't order food we would need to leave. He went and got a menu and gave it to us and told us again that we would need to order food or go.

At no point did he suggest we switch to a non-dining table or move to the bar. It became obvious to me that he was being rude, and it wasn't due to speaking in English. My lady became nervous that he'd actually try to force us to leave when he returned. I think a small part of me found this guy and his overblown ego attempting to exert his will upon us laughable, but ultimately I was tired of being treated like a vagrant.

It was after half past 20 hour and no one had come back. We saw food heading out of the kitchen to the bar area, so we knew there wasn't a problem with the kitchen, we were just being ignored.

I decided to head to the bar to talk to him. I stood there for several minutes, and he went out of his way to ignore me. It wasn't that busy, and he was obviously trying not to interact with me. I figured at this point I couldn't justify spending any more money here, since he didn't even have the decency to talk to me, so we decided to leave.

Every time my better half and I travel, I take time to look up craft beer bars where we will be going. Ale&Hop seemed like exactly the kind of place I would like to visit from everything I read online, especially since half of my party is vegetarian. I was really looking forward to getting some food and a couple of beers there. In all of my travels across Europe and the US this was by far the worst service and experience I've ever had in a beer bar.

I understand places can get busy and that can affect service, but that wasn't the case on the night we visited. I also understand that some of the tables in the back were only for people to eat food at, but we wanted to eat.

Considering only two other tables were occupied at the time, and only by other people having beer, we weren't keeping anyone from having food. However, after repeatedly being told that if we didn't order food we would have to leave and yet being refused service, it became clear that we were unwelcome.

I doubt the terrible experience I had is indicative of the service every patron will receive. The first bartender I interacted with was pleasant and helpful and that is all I really need when it comes to service. I'm sure many people have been there since I have and had a perfectly decent time. I reached out to Ale&Hop and received an initial reply through facebook, but when I went to email them with the details of what happened I never heard back. The person who responded on facebook asked that I call, but I was on vacation and didn't get a chance. Although I can't more strongly recommend against it, if you do happen to wander into Ale & Hop I hope you have a much better experience than we did.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Not to be confused with Ale-Hop which is a gift shop not at all related to beer, Ale & Hop is a cool little tap-room & restaurant tucked away in the gothic district near the Arc de Triomf.

It's a small place with a narrow bar and tables in the back. It's a fairly interesting space to look at: the floor is wood, the bar top is zinc, there are exposed brick walls and massive beams, and black & white comix on the walls.

There are 8 beers on tap and 2 casks, as well as a cooler full of bottles with 3 small doors and 6 shelves each. I can't figure out how many beers there are in bottle but a lot of them are Belgian and American whereas the taps come from all over: Belgium, America, England, Spain (usually 1 or 2 locals), Czechoslovakia, etc. - whatever's good at the time. They also fill growlers.

I can't speak for the food beyond a vegan burger for 5.75€ which was awesome. If everyplace could make vegan food this good there would be a few more vegans out there!

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Photo of SCW
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of OCTop
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Hard to find, but worth the effort. 3 IPAs to choose from, all with something different to offer. Favorite was Moor Hoppiness.

Did not try food.

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Photo of samEBC
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of scurn
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Antiantianti
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bar guys were very friendly and helpful, they got me the local Hoptimista Ale, which was good. There's a range of tap and bottle beers, local and foreign. I was all about exploring local pale ales, but my wife, who likes geuze, wasn't very much satisfied. Overall the atmosphere in the bar was very relaxing and nice, I recommend this place to any hop lover!

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Photo of torriman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of lescuatrebirres
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I like it because is very central, the food is good and always have a great selection of shooter. The decor and atmosphere are good, it is a place for youth and for beer lovers. I recommend a visit and specially I recommend a brunch at Sundays, they have a lot of vegeterian dishes

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Photo of mk_ultra
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Barcelona has a very weak craft beer scene. But this is a place that knows what it is doing. Possibly the best spot in town. Small tap selection of 7 accompanied by a very good bottles selection. High marks for a small spot making great strides. Tapas are always a good accompaniment. It also helps to hear the bartenders know what they are drinking and explain it to the eager locals.

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Photo of Tbone
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

spanish cask ale, several local catalan beers on tap, PLUS mikkeler, weihenstephan, moor, leikeim, and other british beers (siren?)
also surprisingly good veggie tapas (1.80 per piece) including a corn fritter topped with avocado that was a lot like a rustic fried masa cake and fried cheese
very friendly people, knowledgable
a bit hard to find but worth the trek
affiliated with nearby mosquito which was excellent for dim sum (serves straight through the afternoon which is helpful if you find yourself a bit off of bcn eating schedules)

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Photo of Jzmhector
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in here last night on a trip to Barcelona. Walking into the place I was immediately struck the quaintness and overall atmosphere of the place. Certainly off the main roads, this bar seems like a local hangout for those seeking the best beers Barcelona has to offer as well as a place to create lasting Friendships. The selection was great, featuring local specialties as well as brews from Belgium, USA, and Germany. Our lineup consisted of a Cantillon Kriek, Pannepot grand riserva, de dolle special riserva, and several locals. While the selection is not over the top it's quality was noticeable, and one seems justified in assuming that it is constantly evolving based on the Barcelona beer market. The food was great, all vegan and definitely better than most tapas spots in Barcelona. Finally, the owners were two of the nicest guys I met on my travels. They play a big part in the operation of the bar and are more than willing To assist you or to have a taste with you as well. If you ever find yourself in Barcelona and you are put off by the thought of drinking San Miguel and eating over priced and unhealthy food, head to ale & hop for a great time with great people and great libations!

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Ale & Hop in Barcelona, Spain
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