Barcelona has a vibrant nightlife. There is always enough to do. We tell you where to go in Barcelona and which clubs are the most popular.
One of our favorite nightlife areas is El Born. The hip neighborhood has a wide range of nice terraces and cozy bars. The vibrant nightlife of this district can be found around the Passeig del Born. The bars here are open until the middle of the night and you will find beautiful wine bars and cozy dance cafes. You just don’t come across big clubs here.
The entertainment area around the Port Olímpic is located on the beach. Here you will find the luxury clubs Shoko, Opium and Pacha, which are among the most famous clubs in Barcelona.
In this area just above the Diagonal you will find many bars, clubs and discotheques. This area is especially popular with locals, so you will encounter fewer tourists here. Major clubs such as Sutton, Bling Bling and Soho can be found here. Otto Zutz can also be found here, this club is especially popular among students. And this one is not far from this area.
One of the nicest and most enjoyable nightlife areas is the Gothic Quarter, the center that is always bustling. The lively Plaça Reial square is located in this district, where you will find the popular club Jamborree. In addition, there are also countless cozy bars, pubs, cafes and pubs where you can have a drink until the late hours. There is also a nice but not big club named Marula Café.
Poblenou (Sant Martí)
The Poblenou district is home to the popular Razmatazz club, but also has many underground nightlife venues.
Looking for a specific gay nightlife? Then you have to go to the part of Eixample, which is also called Gayxample. Several gay friendly bars and restaurants can be found here.
You can go out in Barcelona until the early hours. Spaniards usually dine late on weekends and pop into the cafe until about three o’clock. Only then do they go to the nightclub. Most clubs and discotheques open their doors around 1am-1:30am. They close again between 5am and 6am. So that’s enough time for a fun nightlife. But where do you have to be for the right party?
For years Sala Apolo has built his career as a concert hall in Barcelona. Sala Apolo has two concert halls and offers live concerts almost every day, of all kinds of music and themes. As a discotheque, Sala Apolo offers two rooms with different music (mainly techno) but always with an alternative atmosphere.
A classic in Barcelona nightlife is Razzmatazz, especially for those who love alternative and modern music, rock and pop. The Sala Razzmatazz also regularly hosts concerts by all kinds of international and national artists. On Friday and Saturday, a total of five rooms are open here where you will find a wide variety of music and lifestyle: the Razzclub, The Loft, Lolita, Pop Bar and Rex room. Razzmatazz is very popular among the young Barcelonans, so expect long lines to get in.
La Terrazza is a very large open air disco. It is located in Poble Espanyol on the side of the famous Montjuïc mountain. After entering the Poble Espanyol, you have to walk along the streets with the faint sound of electro beats, until you finally arrive at Casa Son Berga, a beautiful country house housing the club. Once inside, you will be mesmerized by the visual spectacle of colorful lights and projections against the walls and the huge palm trees lining the courtyard. The best international DJs have been playing here since the club opened. This club is only open in the summer months.
One of the most popular places in central Barcelona is Jamboree in Plaça Reial square. Jamboree is a must for anyone who wants to listen to some great live music acts. The concerts at Jamboree start with performances by international artists and groups from Jazz, R&B and Blues. After the concerts, around noon, they open the two-level club for dancing. Upstairs, they spin all kinds of music from classics of Soul and Funk to eclectic beats. Down in the basement, you’ll find Hip-Hop and R&B. On Mondays you will find special jam sessions at Jamboree.
The Moog is an electronic music club located next to the Ramblas and open 365 days a year. The Moog is a disco composed of two dance floors, located on the two floors. The downstairs is dedicated to techno music in all its genres, from minimal to Detroit. Upstairs you will find eighties electro pop and dance music instead. On Thursday evenings, the club hosts international DJs. The average age is around 20-28 and the crowd is a mix of techno fans, partygoers and tourists.
Sala Bikini is a classic in the city, opened in 1953 as a ballroom with a golf course. Thanks to the well-filled agenda of concerts by national and international artists and the different halls and music styles they offer, this is one of the most famous discos in Barcelona. Consisting of three different rooms with a varied music style (from House, R&B and Hip Hop to Latin American music), the club is a popular address among students from Wednesday to Friday, while the crowd matures on Saturdays.
The Shoko is another hip club located on the beach of Barcelona. The Club includes a bar area, restaurant and dance floor and serves mainly house music, with local and international DJs. Also at the Shoko, the atmosphere is elegant: a place to relax, where to see and be seen.
Pacha Barcelona, one of the most iconic clubs in Barcelona, is back! Pacha recently reopened its doors in the city at La Barceloneta. Here you dance to a lot of House and Pop music. Because Pacha is very close to the beach, there are also many tourists.
Opium Mar is a trendy nightclub with a large hall divided into different parts (a lounge area, a terrace, a restaurant, a bar and of course the dance floor). The music varies per night, but many big DJs play here regularly (such as Martin Solveig, Bob Sinclair, Tiësto, Roger Sanchez, Eric Prydz and Armin van Buuren). So check the site in advance for upcoming events to be aware of fun evenings. The terrace of Opium Bar is one of the most cozy spots in the summer evenings. Furthermore, Opium Mar is located next to the beach.
- Spaniards are generous with alcohol. A mixed drink easily contains twice as much spirits as you may be used to, so don’t order too much at once.
- Make sure you enjoy it in moderation. If you appear too drunk, you may be refused entry at the entrance.
- Watch out for the use of drugs. It can prevent people from throwing something in your drink. So keep a close eye on your drink.
- Always keep a close eye on your belongings. Clubs and discotheques are also grounds for pickpockets. Before you know it, while you are dancing, you have lost your money and mobile phone.
- Some clubs have a dress code and you cannot enter in your slippers. Always check this in advance on the site to avoid problems.
- In most clubs it only gets busy around 2 am, so don’t come much earlier otherwise you will be in a half-empty club.
- To avoid a long queue, you can put yourself on the guest list. This can often be done via the club’s website or Facebook page.
- In Barcelona you are not allowed to drink in public. You can get a hefty fine for this. So just make sure you drink inside the club.
- And above all: have fun with each other
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