Hosting Events in Barcelona
Venues for every occasion
By Duncan Rhodes
Whatever event you’re planning in Barcelona, there’s a perfect venue for your needs. We look at some of those available for hire (or in some cases for free!).
Whatever the occasion, be it a landmark birthday (18th, 21st, 30th, 40th or hell even your 80th!), a corporate event, your best friend’s stag do or hen party, or even your wedding day, there are few better places to celebrate than Barcelona. This iconic city on the sea truly has it all, from great weather and golden beaches, to Michelin-starred restaurants and epic nightlife and of course some of the best looking buildings around – many courtesy of Antoni Gaudi himself.
Outside the city there’s even more on offer, from the vineyards of the Penedes region, to the alpine beauty of the Pyrenees (a popular skiing destination if you’re here in winter!).
So you’ve established the backdrop of your celebration, but now you need to find a suitable venue to host all your guests, and keep them all fed, watered (/wined!) and entertained. We’ve been happy to undertake some of the legwork for you (feel free to shout us a cerveza when you get here!) and compiled this list of awesome venues happy to help host your wedding reception, birthday party, corporate event, company Christmas dinner, school reunion, or tiddlywink world championship.
You name it, they’ve got the space, and may even be able to help you in planning the catering, music, entertainment… and X factor!
Venues for Hire
For something suave and formal, right in the centre of the city, Barcelona’s House of Silk ticks all the right boxes. This lavish guild house, harking back to the 1700s, is not usually open to the public (just on Saturday mornings for a guided tour), but it does open its doors for private events, such as wedding receptions, galas, fashion shows, press conferences and business meetings. With a total of six spaces, decorated with silk-lined walls, period furniture and Baroque styling (think cherubs and chandeliers), they offer a lot of flexibility and possibilities for your do. The house is always rented on an exclusive basis, with no other events at the same time. Follow the link above for more details, map, video and their website.
Barcelona’s favourite Irish bar has several spaces where you can host a fantastic private party, whether you’re a small or large group. From dinners to hen dos and bachelor parties, or even your own private Xbox tournaments or game night, they can accommodate a diverse range of needs… whilst of course making their excellent range of beers, cocktails and delicious pub grub available. Click on the link above to access their email, tel number and website etc.
This friendly Irish pub in the Raval district, just a minute’s walk from Las Ramblas, is one of the best places in town to hold a meet up, whether it be for a language exchange or photography group meeting that you are organising, or more simply a birthday bash or other celebration. They have a large room at the back with TVs (in case you want to meet for a particular sports game), fusball and pool tables, and a great selection of beers and other drinks – naturally they specialise in Guinness and whisky but you can also find artisan beers and your favourite cocktail. If you are bringing a large group you can even ask nicely and they are likely to offer you a discount on certain drinks.
If you’re looking for an original venue to host your event in the Catalan capital… you’ve just found it. The city’s famous Ice Bar has a lounge where temperatures are maintained at around minus 5 degrees celsius and everything is decorated entirely in ice – even the glasses are frozen water. For something to surprise and entertain this makes it the perfect place to surprise and entertain during company meetings, product presentations, team building activities or other corporate functions. The venue also has a terrace right on the beach at the Port Olimpic which holds up to 80 people, with professional cocktail waiters, so you can continue your event at normal temperatures. Click on the link above for more info.
One of the city’s swankiest lounge bars, Marmalade is a gorgeous space for entertaining guests, and has two “wings” either side of the main bar, which are perfect for cordoning off for your own private party – in fact up to 250 people can be accommodated. The venue is also famous for its food, so if yours is a sophisticated soiree that also requires some delicious victuals then put Marmalade on your shortlist! Click on the link for contact details etc.
Marmalade’s little sister, Milk, is a cute cocktail bar in the Gothic Quarter, and perhaps the most appropriate place for a private party of friends or a birthday celebration. They can either reserve you a section of the bar, or on some nights you will be able to give you exclusive access to the whole venue.