Barcelona Nightlife... Nonstop Fiestas!



It may lack the diversity of the London scene or the cutting edge of the experimental Berlin nightlife, but considering it's only Spain's second biggest city Barcelona certainly packs a helluva party punch - and whether you like to get high with the hippies, or get down with the glitterati you'll find more than enough going on after the sun goes down... in fact, if you want to keep pace with the locals, you'd best be prepared to see the sun come back up again.



A metropolitan city of close to 2 million people, there isn't one area to sample Barcelona's nightlife but rather a whole host of happening neighbourhoods to check out. Read on for the best barrios for going out and the best venues in each district, along with the general vibe... by the end of the article you'll have all the info you need to start your own nocturnal adventures!

WHERE TO GO OUT

Las Ramblas...

A natural starting point for newcomers is of course Las Ramblas and - on either side of it - the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town. Barcelona's busiest boulevard by day, Las Ramblas is also heaving by night, especially in the early stages of the evening when the street performers are still playing their trade and the pavements throng with locals and tourists heading out for drinks and dinner. Restaurants at this time are spilling over with customers fuelling themselves on tapas and other treats, whilst the strip also has plenty of bars and clubs, like the Boadas cocktail bar, the Kiosk La Cazalla, Sports Bar Rambles and Boulevard Club to name a few.

Gothic Greats...

Generally speaking however Las Ramblas is merely a crossing point to greener nightlife pastures, and for the more authentic local venues you'll have to negotiate the labyrinthine alleys of the Gothic Quarter. Here you'll find scores of sassy little spots hidden away in dark corners, such as the stylish Milk Bar and Sugar; plus of course a handsome selection of Irish and British pubs, like the friendly and flirty Flaherty's, where you can mingle with (ie. chat up) some fellow tourists. Plaza Real is a great place to orientate yourself in this neck of the woods, with famous clubs like Jamboree, Sidecar and Tarantos perennial faves with the backpacker crowd that congregate here. The latter actually hosts the flamenco part of this Tapas and Flamenco Night.

Above: Things tend to get blurry in BCN after dark!

El Born (to Party!)

For a slightly more sophisticated slice of Barcelona's nightlife, the equally pretty, but slightly less touristy, El Born is also very central and here you'll find all manner of trendily-attired nightowls crowding into cafes and bars - especially in the district's heart, the Passeig del Born. Check out Miramelindo and Coppelia Club for two reliable faves, or trawl the backstreets to find hidden hotspots and weird and wonderful surprises like Cat Bar.

Revel in Raval...

If you can't identify with Born (get it?), then the edgier Raval is the other side of the Ramblas, where street kids play cricket or football and generally run riot as Bohemian imbibers stroke their side whiskers and order another chupito or two. The heart of the district is the Rambla de Raval where hip bars like Zentraus and Ambar are interspersed with kebab joints, whilst a more glam crowd congregate at cocktail bars like the suave Marmalade, where you can order a 'Pornstar Martini' or the lusty 7Sins, where a basement dancefloor creates a pre-club vibe (technically the latter is just out of Raval, by Plac Universitat). Meanwhile in the area surrounding the MACBA museum, skate fashion rules supreme. Pierced and tattooed kids practice tricks on their boards before later heading down to the Nou de la Rambla, where legendary clubs like Les Enfants (the oldest disco in the city!), Moog (famous for tech/minimal DJs) and Sala Apolo (home of the excellent midweek parties, Nasty Mondays and Crappy Tuesdays).

In (The) Addition...

If the Gothic Quarter, Born and Raval make up Barcelona's Old Town, then 80% of the rest of the city is made up of L'Eixample, which means 'The Addition'. This grand, grid-patterned section of the Catalan capital rose up during the industrial revolution in the beautiful Modernista architectural style and is largely residential... but that doesn't mean there's nothing going on! Finding a good bar in L'Eixample is more about knowledge than luck, on account of its huge size, but here's a hitlist to get you started: it doesn't get more central than Belushi's Bar which is just off Placa Catalunya (the city's central square) and the perfect place to kick off the night before heading clubbing. Be prepared for a young international party crowd and dangerous drinks promos. Meanwhile ale lovers more into sipping a quiet pint should make a bee(r)-line for The Loch Inn, a great Scottish boozer with an amazing beer and whisky selection. Whilst cocktail lovers should move swiftly over to Slow Barcelona (which also has an suave club upstairs), for some of the most innovative concoctions in town. Finally the part of Eixample around Casanova street has been dubbed Gayxample, and you don't need to be genius to figure out why. Trendy bars, restuarants and saunas abound, as well as the odd disco, like Metro or Arena.

Fiestas de Gracia...

A similarly alternative vibe to Raval prevails in the district of Gracia, but more locally dominated than the immigrant-inhabited 'Ravalistan'. Here in Gracia you’ll find a very Catalan quarter oozing charisma and aspiring artists – with not too many tourists, except those lost on the way to Parc Guell. There are many fine bars, like the excellent La Cigale and La Fourmi that cater to the barri's more Bohemian residents, whilst a slightly more genteel and older crowd can be found at Belle Epoque and Tournesol. Alternatively, if it's a hot day and you're broke, you can just hang out on one of Gracia's many squares, such as the Placa del Sol, with a tinnie. Illegal but half of Barcelona will be doing the same.

Drinking in Dry Town...

And, shhhh, keep it quiet, but these days the once unloved district of Poble Sec is considered a pretty hip barrio, with the likes of Maumau Underground and Rouge Bar attracting a savvy set of drinkers. For general boozing and carousing Carrer Blai is the centre of the district and virtually every bar on this bustling pedestrian street has a terrace.

Going for Gold...

For a more upmarket experience put on your best glad rags and hail a cab for the Port Olimpic. Here a string of upmarket lounge bars, such as CDLC, Shoko and Sotavento attract a well-heeled cosmopolitan crowd to sip cocktails on their beach terraces before everyone moves indoors to get down and dirty on the dancefloor. Most of these places close at 3am unfortunately but Opium Mar and Catwalk keep going until 6am. (To be sure of getting into any of these places check out our page on club guest lists in Barcelona). For a memorable way to kick off any night at the Port Olimpic we suggest you start by dropping by the Ice Bar, for a dip in their sub-zero chamber. Everything is frozen and even the glasses are made of ice. Finally, down from all the posh lounge clubs is the Moll Mestral, on the harbour itself. Sophisticated it ain't... a row of free entry bars and clubs belt out everything from salsa to techno... but amidst this unsalubrious strip there is at least one venue worth calling in on: Kennedy's Irish Bar has live music Thurs to Sunday and is open until 5am at weekends.

Get on the Boat!

The Olympic Port is also where the epic Barcelona boat party aka booze cruise leaves from several times a week during summer... a must if you're serious about having fun. DJs, BBQs, beers, babes in bikinis, jumping off the boat and lots more shenanigans. After the organisers sort you out with free club entry.



Life's a Beach

A couple of beaches down from the Port Olimpic and you'll find a jewel in isolation... El Boo is a haven for hipsters and high-rollers: a swish palace on the pier with rooftop cocktail bar and sun-kissed terrace, for sipping mojitos and mingling with Spanish celebs.

If sadly however your beat-up zapatos are unlikely to get past the door of such swanky spaces on the sea front then you might be lucky enough to find a beach party going on at one of the chiringuitos (beach bars) or if not maybe just join the layabouts (there's plenty of them in Barcelona!) strumming a guitar on the sand and smoking something not quite legal.

More Clubs...The Big Hitters!

Exhausted already? Well there’s plenty more nightlife to come! If you thought Port Olimpic was posh (and you loved it!) then get in with the real cool Catalan crowd at upmarket venues like Sutton Club around Diagonal where the girls dress like film stars and the boys look like catalogue cut outs. Slightly more democratic is Otto Zutz, another vast arena of nocturnal mischief. And if you're serious about your dance music then you might want to try Sala Becool (minimal/electro/tech-house), and of course the legendary open air nightclub in Poble EspanyolLa Terrrazza (Balearic house). Perhaps the best club for a guaranteed good time though is the mammoth Sala Razzmatazz with its five rooms playing everything from serious beeps and blips (The Loft) to cheesy rock and pop (the other four rooms!). Meanwhile a newcomer in the scene is KER Club (run by a very experienced team of electronic music aficionados who used to run the legendary ROW14 amongst other venues). KER is focused on high quality dance nights, presided over by the likes of Richie Hawtin and Seth Troxler... whilst the spirit of ROW14 still lives on during their legendary El Row Sunday afterparties.

Right, you can consider yourself officially informed on Barcelona's nightlife scene. For full listings of all the best bars and nightclubs in the city check out our drink section (or head straight to our A-Z directory of venues); and for places for dining out our eat section has some great restaurant recommendations to start the night. Just remember Barcelona parties all night, so go grab a siesta before you fiesta!

For more information on where exactly to be and when please consult our Barcelona weekly party calendar, with top suggestions on where to booze and boogie Mondays through to Sundays...

Tours & Crawls...

To book an incredible nightlife tour of Barcelona, which takes you to several hip hotspots before getting you VIP entry into the exclusive Opium Beach Club, then check out Barcelona Party Tour. An official partner of Barcelona Life, their team organise amazing parties every Friday and Saturday night during the long summer season. For just €37.95 you get transport, free drinks and VIP entry into Opium... just email us dates and number of people and we'll tell them to reserve you a space!



If all this dressing up, pouting and posing sounds a bit too posh for you then why not simply get the beers in during a raucous pub crawl of the Old Town, or sign up for the ultra-hip alternative Barcelona bar crawl. Both are a great way to meet people and, of course, get drinking.

add your comments

Good article. Poblenou also a nice place for going out, especially on Rambla del Poblenou. Meanwhile there are a lot of bars and clubs for young people around Marina and Bogatel area.

reviewed by Ursula from Hungary on Apr.21.2014

You are right in relation to the Born however lack of recommendations there.. For what is it worth La Fianna is legendary with best mojitos in town, and La Luna is also worth the visit on Abaixadores 10.

reviewed by Stephen from Ireland on Mar.22.2014

Following on from the below comment - should the Canadian guy (with an unusual first name and thus I can not recall), who studied a Masters in Barcelona and met me at Opium mar in the early hours of Friday 18/19 November 2011 please contact me on louisebcn@outlook.com. If you remember, my boyfriend at the time had left me in the club on my own. You came over to me and we started to chat and dance. Although we had a great few hours together we never exchanged numbers. I realise it is over two years ago but I have not forgotten you. It would be so great to say hello again. I hope this message finds a way to find you.

reviewed by Louise from United Kingdom on Jan.21.2014

Friday 18 November 2011 at Opium Mar in Barcelona I met a Canadian guy around 2am. We chatted and danced together. He had just finished his MA in Barcelona and leaving to return to Canada at the end of November 2011. We didn't exchange numbers because I was a good girl and had a boyfriend at the time. He has a really unusual name so I can not remember. He is in his twenties. We danced a lot together at Opium Mar and left together for the metro at 6am. If you happen to read this message or you know the guy I am talking about please get in touch.
By the way Opium Mar is an amazing club. I now live in Manchester and hope one day to return to have another fantastic night there.

reviewed by Louise from United Kingdom on Jan.19.2014

Had a blast going around the irish pubs and then also checking out lots of cool local venues with awesome mojitos. The city is very lively at night with lots of crazy people wandering around or hanging out on the street terraces, crawling between bars etc. It's pretty wild but at the same time its much more sophisticated than Geordie Shore style binge-drinking

reviewed by Fiona from United Kingdom on Sep.02.2013

Nice recommendations. I met some cool peops in Sub Rosa in Gothic Quarter the other day. Would take me another six months to check out all the places here but def. this city rocks that much I know already!

reviewed by Leonard from United States on Aug.01.2013

Very nice page! actually barcelona is one of the cities with most different options to party and go out.
Sutton club is a good disco if you like glamour and posh people. Entrance and drinks are expensive, but you'll enjoy the party for sure! Around this place, lots of small pubs and bars offer good drinks before partying hard ;)


reviewed by All Barcino from Spain on Feb.17.2013

what is it like in febuary is it a good night life looking at going

reviewed by ben from United Kingdom on Jan.14.2013

Arrive Sun16 for 2 days in Barca ... what do i do ?
I normally eat out early on my own , some Wine + bed early .
Boring i know ....
Anybody got better ideas ?
Unsure of Bars/Clubs

reviewed by Sean from Denmark on Dec.14.2012

hey guys! I will visit Barcelona 15th of December so I wanted to ask some great night clubs in the city. What can you recommend? Which clubs are the best? Thank you for your answers!

reviewed by Karolis from Lithuania on Dec.02.2012

Las Ramblas is not a street by the way.

reviewed by Andy from United States on Oct.06.2012

we went on a bar tour last week. there were 4 of us in total. my brother and his girlfiend with her sister. the tour was so much fun they gave us special price drinks in all the bars and good shots not like the last pub crawl i went on in madrid where the shots were fruit juice. we finished up in apolo the first night which is an awesome club. we had sush a good time we went back with them on the next friday, there was like 100 people on the tour and it was awesome. a great atmosphere. we finished at a club called city hall which was pumping..

i would reccomend it to anyone who is looking to get the most out of a night in barcelona

reviewed by lacey from United States on May.18.2012

hey guys me and my boy lined up a sick-ass party

HOUSE vs. HiPHoP 9th May @ SOTAVENTO BEACHCLUB,

FREE AFTERPARTY @ OPIUM MAR.

SAY YOU ON ARMINS GUESTLIST @ THE DOOR AND YOU GET IN FREE

DONT MISS OUT

reviewed by mike from Netherlands on May.07.2012

thanks for the comprehensive advice.. looks like you guys know what's going down!

reviewed by Paul from United States on Apr.23.2012

PLEASE BE CAREFUL of Anais Club( http://www.anaisclub.com/en-contactanos.htm )

The girls and the club owner are all one Gang; they will try to drug you and steal your money...

this is my experience....

i met a nice and sexy Romanian girl in Shoko club; she was with another girl, she said her friend

I bought her a drink (whisky & cola) and we had some nice dance then she told me that she had to go to her club where she works ; the club called Anais; it was almost 3:30 am and shoko was closing, so i decided to go with her;

we went there together and i bought her 1 hour for 200 EUR; we went to the room and we start sex playing... then she told me that today is the birthday of her friend and she wanted her to join us; so it was amazing for me to have 2 girls in bed without additional price!!!

Then i noticed they are insisted me to get some drugs ( Cocaine)for "party" .. but i rejected because i never did this before... then i start feeling the beer taste is different... so i quietly stopped drinking...

we stayed almost 3 hours without any additional cost...then around 7 am i got to go.. even they were still inviting me to stay without additional cost!!

after i left, i found in the taxi that my phone is not connected to the network....!! then i found the chip of my sim card was removed.. after i reach my hotel, i found my credit card was stolen also.... then i checked with my bank and i found that Anais used my credit card for around 13,000.00 USD other than the 200 EUR....

so this GANG of the girls and 1 one guy (pretending he is a client) are all Evil people... their plan was to drug me by cocaine or even my drinks..(after i reject to drink they even wanted me to drink water to relax.. i was lucky to reject...)
and to steel my money and may be to drop me in the street!
i was lucky, i rejected their drugs so that i am still alive now and can share my terrible experience.. please be carful...

reviewed by Lucky Man from United Arab Emirates on Mar.05.2012

Madrid is better than Barcelona !!!!!

reviewed by Pablo from Bulgaria on Feb.23.2012

Great page you guys really know your stuff. I'd def put Nasty Mondays down as one of the best parties in BCN... as well as Crappy Tuesdays. Not too into the posh wannabee clubs at the port olimpic but hey whatever rocks your boat...

reviewed by Davide from United States on Jan.16.2012

-̶̶•-̶̶•̸Ϟ•̸Thank You•̸Ϟ•̸-̶̶•-̶. For the reviews, you all are awsome, I have never been to barcelona,tonite will be my first experience, and I will spend for 10 hours only, your reviews are lead me to best places to spend for 10 hours in barcelona, I missed my flight yesterday, I should have for 3 days, but now only 10 hours, the easy jet gv me another compliment ticket to go. Damn it only a nite

reviewed by erita from Netherlands on Oct.26.2011

I went to Barcelona on batchelor/Stag weekend with 21 guys mid April 2011. I can assure you that the Nightclub tour was incredible. We went on a Saturday night with a bus full of friendly people from accross the world, Not only did the team change the schedule of the bar's that evening to accomodate everyone to watch the Real Madrid Vs Barcelona football game, but last minute they were able to reserve us VIP tables in Opimum Mar. This is the only way to party in Barcelona! DEFO RECOMMEND IT! Thanks to the whole team for your professionalism and organisation!

reviewed by koby from United Kingdom on Apr.19.2011

Barcelona is amazing! Gotta get back there soon!

reviewed by Mark from United Kingdom on Mar.31.2011

Just to let you know the Bar Crawl we went is called Born to Crawl. They have 2 different ones, we didnt do the beach one, but we will this year.

reviewed by Karl from United Kingdom on Feb.14.2011

We were in Barcelona for 2 weeks, Its an amazing city. We spent most of the time partying. We ended up on a Bar Crawl 3 of the nights we were there. They guys were brilliant fun. I would suggest that if your going to Barcelona to go and meet these guys and do their bar crawl. Here's their website.

http://www.bcneventsandcrawls.com/

reviewed by Karl from United Kingdom on Feb.14.2011

Thanks for the info guys. Mojitos at La Divina are fantastic so I'd advise starting your night there...

reviewed by Tess from United States on Feb.12.2011

I have been to Barcelona in September and went to sutton club. Its a place to be and a must to visit in Barcelona. Really exclusive and Posh night club. Also I have found a great website that help me to get free entrance to Sutton and all other best clubs like Opium Mar, Shoko and many other. Let me know if it helps.. Have fun guys!!!

reviewed by Lucie B from France on Nov.24.2010

ive been living in baraloca for just over 2 years and you got that nightlife down to a T. next time someone asks me were to go im guna copy and paste that for sure.

reviewed by tom from United Kingdom on Aug.06.2010

The Barcelona parties run all night and then swimming afterwards in beautiful cold sea like magic. Hasta luego Barcelona I will be back soon

reviewed by Asia from Poland on Aug.05.2010

one of the best nightlife that i had during my holiday,

reviewed by sylvie from United States on Jul.23.2010

Cool page. Are there any other nightlife tours of Barcelona? Like super VIP with limos, champagne etc???

reviewed by Fred from United Kingdom on Jul.09.2010

"BYE"

reviewed by joseph biscombe from Albania on Jun.22.2010

If you want to see the best of Barcelona´s Nightlife I would reccommend the Barcelona Night Tour.
I have met a great amount of friendly party people and at the same time was sampling the very best of Barcelona's nightlife. The clubs and bars where amazing! If you order your tickets, mention Barcelona Life, for a discount - you can email them.

reviewed by Maria from Sweden on May.15.2010

amazing nightlife! we met so many funny people in Barcelona dna party like crazy animals. Go to Barcelona you dont regret!!! zajebiscie!

reviewed by Magda from Poland on Nov.06.2009

Berlin is fine if you want to listen to hard techno with lots of gay guys, and ok the live music is better, but Barcelona nightlife is much more accessible, cuter girls, and it is easier to go from bar to bar for example. I'll take La Terrrazza over Tresor anyday

reviewed by Paul from United Kingdom on May.27.2009

Good, I agree. But better than Berlin? You are joking, right?

reviewed by Mark from United Kingdom on May.27.2009

The best nightlife in Europe

reviewed by Paul from United Kingdom on May.26.2009