One thing about Barcelona is that it’s a city that doesn’t sleep. The Spanish eat late, drink late and go out vey late. At the weekend don’t be surprised if night clubs are pretty much empty until at least 01:00 – 02:00 in the morning, and they go on until about 06:00.
Barcelona’s nightlife is much in keeping with the city itself, trendy, varied and sometimes spectacular. Even if you aren’t really a clubber at heart it’s worth going out to at least one night club just to see what’s on offer.
A metropolitan city of close to two million people (five if you include the whole urban area), there isn’t one area to sample Barcelona’s nightlife but rather a whole host of happening neighbourhoods to check out.
Clubs in El Born District:
-Magic Club is one of Barcelona’s most famous and well-loved indie clubs. Expect sweaty dance floors and 80s hits.
-Miramelindo, for a Cava cocktail, or trawl the backstreets to find hidden hotspots and weird and wonderful surprises like Cat Bar.
Clubs in the Gothic Quarter:
-Milk Bar, which has a great cocktail menu, 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.
-Macarena Club is a shoebox-sized techno club that sits a stones throw from the Ramblas. Quality soundstages.
-Marula Cafe is an intimate club in Barcelona’s city centre offering jazz, funk, soul, disco and Latin.
-Sidecar Cafe is an eclectic club that sits in Plaza Reial – one of Barcelona’s most famous squares.
-Harlem Jazz Club brings jazz, funk and soul to its faithful followers nearly every night of the week.
Clubs in Raval:
-Boulevard Club is a large and rambling club sitting right in the middle of the Ramblas.
-Moog Club is an atmospheric techno club that sits a minute’s walk from the Ramblas.
-The heart of the district is the Rambla de Raval where hip bars like Ambar are interspersed with kebab joints, whilst a more glam crowd congregate at nearby cocktails bars like the suave Marmalade, where you can order house specials like their ‘Pornstar Martini’ and do some pre-club flirting.
– Sala Apolo (home of the excellent midweek parties known as Nasty Mondays).
Clubs in Port Olympic:
-CDLC Club is one of Barcelona’s most exclusive and glamorous beach side clubs.
-Mondo Club sits slightly further from the beach front than the other port clubs. It has a terrace area overlooking the yachts.
-Shoko Club is a beach front club, bar and restaurant that is popular amongst the holiday crowd.
-Catwalk Club is one of the largest beach clubs, attracting international house DJs.
Clubs in Poble Nou:
Razzmatazz is a super-club containing a whopping five spaces. Arguably Barcelona’s most famous club.
Clubs in Eixample:
-Sala Be Cool is an uptown club with a forward thinking music policy and a mixed crowd.
-Otto Zutz is a three story club offering R&B, hip hop and soul.
-Bikini Club is a modern club with an impressive sound system and an eclectic music policy.
-For cocktails with a good looking local crowd slide over to Slow Barcelona (which also has an suave club upstairs), where you can imbibe some of the best gin or vodka tonics in town. In this area of town it pays to dress up a little fancier.
Out of town nightlife:
-Row 14 Club is a large club who offer big name international DJs every weekend. Free coaches will take you from the city centre to the out of town location.
-Raves are free parties where a group of friends play electronic music and it can last more than 1 night.