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October 24, 2011

I had heard about some pubs and cafes in Valencia where people like us, who are learning English, or just people who want to keep refreshing it, can practise their English conversation skills with other people, and even carry out conversation exchange Spanish-English. I spent some time finding out about them  and finally a friend of mine encouraged me to attend a meeting and try.

The place we decided to go  is called EL CAFE DE LAS HORAS, and it is located at the Carmen district, in Valencia. Although I had heard about it before,  being a well-known Carmen’s cafe-pub for a long time, I didn’t know about these kind of activities there. It is a nice cafe and when you enter, you realise it has a peculiar atmosphere, with a neobaroque decoration, which takes you back to past times, and makes you feel relaxed.

The English conversation evening in EL CAFE DE LAS HORAS takes place every Monday at 8:00 pm. It’s  free, you just have to pay for your drink. There are usually two groups of different levels: the advanced one and the intermediate one. First of all you gather with several people around a table and the conversation starts in a pleasant atmosphere. At the advanced group a sort of moderator guides the conversation group making use of some text, and it turns into a little English class. Despite the majority of attendants are Spanish, there are some English-speaking ones as well, and the most important thing, you are only allowed to speak English.

In conclusion, this is a nice place to spend a Monday evening, to meet interesting people and above all, to practise your English near home. If you are interested in attending, you can find more information on this link:

Below you have some other pubs I have found, where you can also practise your English in Valencia, nearly every day of week:

 THE LOUNGE: Every Monday at 9:00 pm

 EL LABORATORIO: Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm

PORTLAND ALE HOUSE: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 8:30 pm

THE GUINNESS HOUSE: Every Thursday at 8:30 pm

SALLY O’BRIEN: Every Thursday at 8:30 pm

But if you know any other places  I would appreciate your comments.

I hope this information is useful for all of you. We have no excuse not to speak English anymore!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 5:58 pm


  2. October 24, 2011 6:29 pm

    Thank you for thir valuable information

  3. October 24, 2011 9:25 pm

    In the past I have drunk some spirit drinks in this pub. I’m pretty sure that my english was better than now …. Because of the drinks;-)

  4. October 24, 2011 9:51 pm

    It is so curious, because last week some mates of mo and wed, were talking about this subject, and where we could go to exchange a conversation. Thank you Cristina

  5. Noemí permalink
    October 24, 2011 10:56 pm

    I’ve been a few times in this cafe, it’s really nice and quite different but I didn’t know about this kind of activities. It seems to be good to practise conversation even if most of the people of the group are spanish!
    If I lived in valencia I’d go for sure but it’s going to be quite difficult for me. Anyway, I’ll write down that places just in case….thank you for the information! We’ve no excuse to practise our conversation!

  6. eugenia34 permalink
    October 25, 2011 7:46 pm

    Unfortunately I have to take care of my children in the evenings so is very difficult for me to do activities after 5 pm. The only thing I can do is practice my English from my laptop; It´s a pity because I´d like to socialize in that beautiful place.

  7. October 26, 2011 12:32 pm

    Like Eugenia said before, it´s very difficult going there for people taking care of children and family because of the timetable. It would be nice if there was any place like those where we could go in the morning. Nevertheless, I wish I could go someday there and try one of the spirits drinks that made Alpa72 speak English more fluently, ha, ha, ha! Who knows, maybe that remedy works for me and help me to feel more confident with my English.

  8. October 26, 2011 12:38 pm

    Sorry. I slipped my tongue!! I wanted to say “As Eugenia said before…”

  9. Lorena Gallego permalink
    October 26, 2011 8:30 pm

    If you live in Benimaclet you can practice your english every wednesday at 7.00 in pub London (

  10. Cynthia permalink
    October 26, 2011 9:31 pm

    I’d like to go to practice my speaking but I don’t wanna go alone…It seems to me like going to the cinema alone (yes, I know that this is a prejudice because most people do that) So, if someone has the same “problem” as me, we can arrange a day and go together!!

    P.S.: I’ve been several times in Sally O’Brien but I’ve never heard about english conversations!!!

    Thanks a lot “cristinapizarro”!

  11. October 26, 2011 11:40 pm

    I’m with Cristina (and Noemí), I’ve never seen such an original pub in Valencia. It’s got such peaceful atmosphere!, It will be worth-while to go back there and to take a look to those chats.

  12. jesarqit permalink
    October 28, 2011 8:40 pm

    Great entry! Thanks for the useful information!

  13. juanmlb permalink
    October 28, 2011 11:29 pm

    In my case is difficult to go to speaking English because I’m working every afternoon and sometimes I finish my work late. Another problem for me is I’m living 35Km far from Valencia and I have children too. Anyway, the information is very interesting and It will be nice to be there some day.


  14. cristinapizarro permalink
    October 29, 2011 12:54 pm

    There is always the option of attending the conversation group of the EOI -it’s not so informal though- or staying after class with some classmates in the “cafeteria”, with a good cup of coffee….

  15. marisa permalink
    November 1, 2011 9:39 pm

    We’ll definitely have to organize a cinema session or something, won’t we? Thanks Cristina for your compilation of pubs.

  16. April 1, 2014 1:21 pm

    Nice information! It helped me a lot

  17. June 21, 2014 7:36 am

    Great information. Lucky me I came across your website by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve bookmarked it for later!

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