The first pick for Barcelona's resident poseurs and playboys, the Opium Mar nightclub occupies a prime piece of real estate on the Port Olimpic: indeed its terrace - Opium Beach - is right on the seafront! Perhaps that's why stick-thin girls in summer dresses and macho guys in expensive shades congregate here, where they can lounge on cream sofas admiring each other and the laid back Balearic-style beats. Later at night Opium Mar becomes one of the hottest hang outs in Barcelona for dancing and drinking, especially as the club has a license until 6am. Perenially popular and rather proud of its reputation you may have to pay up to 20 euros in peak season for the privilege of joining the beautiful people for the night. Still it could be worth it!
I broke my wrist about a year ago in opium mar. I slipped by the cloakroom on a very wet slope back towards the exit. As it was 6am and the lights had just come on the bouncers man-handled me out of the club, dragging me by my broken wrist. When I went to a local Barcelona hospital they suggested that the break had been made progressively worse by the bouncers aggressive behaviour. We spent a lot of money in the club and to be treated in this way was pretty atrocious. My boyfriend tried to speak to someone within the club to complain about the awful behaviour id received and was pushed out of the club, with them denying no knowledge. I wouldn't recommend going here to anyone.
reviewed by Anon from United States on Apr.20.2013
Sorry to hear about your experiences Chaz. Personally I think it's a decent club but certainly its not the be all and end all of going out in BCN. If you do want to check it out then I'd recommend the nightlife tour that Barcelona Life works with (click the link in the review above for more info). The advantage here is that you will be chaperoned into the club by a guide, without queuing, with a big bunch of friendly international people. There's certainly no aggro or bad vibes inside the venue... the only problem is getting past the morons on the door. This tour does just that, and before hand you also get to head up to Mirablau for awesome night views and also flirt with a few other folk too, so it's a great night out all in all, minus the stress of worrying about bouncers etc!
reviewed by Editor from Spain on Mar.12.2013
We were a group of 15, 5 white and 10 sikh's with two wearing a smart turban. We were there as part of a stag party for the weekend. We knew that a group of 15 would not be let in so we split into groups of 3's and 4's but the bouncers were pure racist. Our white friends got in and anyone with a tanned or brown face was rejected. We are all well to do professional people who were also dressed smart. The excuse we were given its a private VIP party. It was there loss at the end of the day, as our white friends came back out and we went into CATWALK and spend our money there on bottles of champagne etc overall between us we must have spent 3,000 euro's. Opium = racist .... please save yourself the headache and go else where !!!
reviewed by Chaz from United Kingdom on Mar.11.2013
I think the extreme reviews about this place are wide of hte mark. The bouncers are pretty crappy, but that's the same with every club in Spain (and most of the world). The queues are long and the prices are high, but that's an inevitable result of the venue's popularity. Overall it's a decent space, with decent music and a very cool beachside terrace. The crowd is more touristy than local. Anyhow I don't think it could be packed every night of the week during summer without being one of the best options in town, and in 3 or 4 visits over the last couple of years I've never had any problems or seen anything dodgy. Regarding the review about racism, Barcelona has a LOT of African prostitutes so it may be that the bouncers identified the girls in question as professionals. Also half of the bouncers are black, so doubt it was racism. In short if you like upmarket clubs with accessible/commercial house music you will like Opium. Dress code is smart-ish, but I've got in with smart looking trainers and a clubbing T-shirt before. If you want to play it safe loafers/shoes and a collar will get you in for guys. Flashing lots of flesh for girls...
reviewed by Mr. Nightlife from United Kingdom on Jul.09.2012
Absolute disaster. That bouncers were racist. I witnessed firsthand how they kicked two black women off the line for no reason. I have no clue how the place is on the outside b/c I left as soon as I saw that. Truly disgusted.
reviewed by Stacy from United States on Jun.23.2012
After half a year in the club, finally I can write a good review about it. It's a nice looking place, good people and good music, but not too much to expect.
reviewed by ajimix from Spain on Oct.09.2011
My best friend and I went to Opium Mar on our last night in Barcelona and both agreed that it was one of the best nights of our entire holiday! It was a Friday night in the middle of summer and we had such a great time. I didn't think the bouncers were as strict as some of the other reviews suggest - my friend was wearing flats and I was wearing a dress that was nowhere near nice enough to wear to a club but we got in with no problems. Having said that though, all the males were quite well dressed. The venue is amazing too - right on the beach so the perfect place to hang out in summer :)
reviewed by Thamasha from Australia on Jul.26.2011
This club is good but not as good as it thinks it is.
reviewed by Stefan from Germany on Jun.08.2011
The bouncers were rude, thanks to them I'll make sure none of my friends ever set a foot in this bar!
reviewed by Micaela Svensson from Sweden on Jan.05.2011
reviewed by Ben from United Kingdom on Dec.20.2010
Had an awesome night out with the boys in the Opium Mar in December.
reviewed by Neil P from United Kingdom on Dec.16.2010
Dress smart and your through the door, I had no problems and had the best night here. World class DJs every Weds is the night to go. Downstairs has an open air bar that overlooks the beach. This place is more up market than the used up venues of Ibiza.
reviewed by Franco from United Kingdom on Aug.25.2010
The ******** bouncers wouldn't let me in because I didn't have a collar on my t-shirt. So 90s. Went to Shoko instead, which was cool but finished at 3am
reviewed by Owen from United Kingdom on Jul.30.2010
Opium Mar really is the best club in town. Beautiful people, good music and with the beach in the backgarden you can easily go for a beach walk to cool down from all this hot stuff.
reviewed by Anna from United States on May.11.2010
Madre mia, some hot chicas at Opium. The music is really great, not too heavy. This is the place in Barcelona if you want to meet beautiful people and spend a lot of money. Try to get on the guest list otherwise you probably won't get in
reviewed by Frederic from France on May.10.2010
The best club in Barcelona, especially during summer. Beware though the queues can be insane and the door policy is a little picky
reviewed by Ivy from United States on Apr.21.2010