Our history

Why Nuria’s name? Founders said, way back in 1926, that for a name to be successful it needed to be short and easy to remember. Nuria suited perfectly since it was a Catalan, new and sweet name as well. Over the years, Nuria has witnessed the passage of time and the evolution of the city of Barcelona and its people from an emblematic and representative enclave. 

Now, on our walls, you can find a permanent exhibition that shows the art that was always present in the city through nine mural pieces from artists as Lalimola (1930), Ignasi Blanch (1940), Miquel Ferreres (1950), Mercè Iglesias (1960), Toni Batllori (1970), Nazario Luque (1980), Dani Buch (1990), Laura Carreira (2000) or Óscar Nebreda (2010).

  • 1926

    Nuria opens its doors (And only a few times will close them again)

    In February 1926, inspired by the best Paris locals and with the first draught beer tap in the city.


  • 1930

    1st decade on La Rambla

    Flanked by the mythical drink stand, Nuria opened its banquet hall and was already known for his piano-bar that enlivened the hours of tea with a trio of piano, cello and violin.

    1930


  • 1940

    PostWar

    Sausages, ice cream and homemade pastry like the mythical "NURI biscuit" sweetened bitter times for Barcelona. La Rambla and Barcelona were taken over by the US sailors from the Sixth Fleet when they stopped over in the harbour. It was a time of dollars.


  • 1950

    The rise of nuria

    It becomes the meeting point for artists from La Rambla theaters, as Antonio Machin, Lola Flores, Josep Pla and Maria Callas, who made Nuria appear on LIVE magazine cover. The founders of a long saga, Josep Vila and Marcel.lí Cortadellas, can be seen in the center of the picture.

    1950


  • 1960

    DECADE OF CHANGES

    Nuria saw how the city was filled by cars and new neighbours, television life and salons full of colorful dresses and pop music. It is represented through St Jordi’s day, with all the details of that time.


  • 1970

    AND MORE CHANGES

    A time where it was common to hear "Let's eat a sandwich to Nuria", emblematic meeting point and stable place amid a changing social reality. Social revolutions, demonstrations, National police corps, striptease, oil crisis….

    1970


  • 1980

    REBORN FROM THE ASHES

    After the fire that destroyed the restaurant, even the mayor requested the recovery of Nuria. Then, he was awarded the title "Honorary Ramblista". It was an intense decade, and nightlife was becoming more and more showy. The Barrio Chino district in the lower Rambla, home of prostitutes and transexuals.


  • 1990

    THE MOST INTERNATIONAL BARCELONA

    Since the new Nuria a different Barcelona was in the air. Olympic, modern and international. That looked to the future with hope and looked back with sweetness. Five coloured spots symbolize the 5 Olympic rings, and each one of the animals represents the five continents.

    1990


  • 2000


    CHANGE OF THE CENTURY: THE TOURISM!

    The new century brought to Nuria celebrating its 90th anniversary and the confirmation of its reality as vital landscape of many generations of Barcelonians.

  • 2010

    PILLAR of LA RAMBLA

    A new decade brought the celebration of Nuria's 90th anniversary, and confirmation of its reality as a vital part of the landscape for many generations of locals. It coincides with the best Barça football team in history and its celebrations at the Canaletes fountain, in front of our door, where fans will celebrate the glorious victories of the club.

    2010