Vibrant by day and even more so after dark, Barcelona’s long been renowned for its thriving nightlife. Classy bars, rustic tapas joints and underground after parties provide for hours of authentic, Spanish amusement. Barcelona’s nightlife can best be summed as “randomly eclectic,” as it’s a city in which the best-laid plan is not to have one at all. The most exciting nights are the ones where you find yourself stumbling from bar to bar in any given neighborhood and, in typical Spanish fashion, going with the flow. If you feel like spending the night bouncing around in the same neighborhood, Jamboree and Café Royal are rustic and classy (respectively) and centered in the always bustling Plaza Reial right off La Rambla. Craving top 40? Head to the Eixample and dance until the sun comes up at Hyde Club or if you’re in the mood to walk along the beach and chill at an outdoor patio while listening to House music, then CDLC or Opium Mar are ideal late night options.
And don’t forget to check out Gracia neighborhood, a very local, Catalan part of town with trendy bars and clubs, this area is always bopping, every night of the week especially on Calle Verdi which is the main street in the Barrio.
Indie rock with the occasional live music gig, Sidecar is sheer late night fun. You can’t get more central than Plaza Reial and this hip, unpretentious two-storey space (restaurant and bar upstairs, club downstairs) is a great way to dance until the sun comes up. Sidecar is pure fun. Whether you’re in flip flops, stilettos, a mini skirt or even a bathing suit, there are no restrictions when it comes to this late night disco. Unless you’re eating in the restaurant where its best to come dressed more ‘conservatively’, Sidecar is unpretentious, relaxed and intimate. It’s a nice way to listen to indie music in the city center.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A rustic, eclectic nightclub with great Indie music in the city center
Sam’s expert tip: Show up before 2am if you want to avoid a line.
This club, bar, restaurant, cocktail lounge and above all one of Barcelona’s greatest party venues is just a stone’s throw from the beach and hosts some of Barcelona’s most beautiful people nightly. Once the sun goes down the restaurant transforms into a lively club featuring well known resident DJ’s and very often themed parties. The space is large and the atmosphere is intense and full of excitement, especially if you’re looking to party until the sun comes up. Close to CDLC and Opium clubs, it’s in the epi-center of Barcelona’s nightlife and the perfect place to spend an evening with good looking people.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A cheesy and packed nightclub along the beach, where people go to be seen
Sam’s expert tip: Put your name on the list via Facebook or their website, in order to skip the lines, especially on weekends.
It’s a live music venue before 12, but once the clock strikes midnight Jamboree transforms into a raging nightclub playing plenty of 80’s and 90’s rock. Centrally located in Plaza Reial Jamboree’s a guaranteed good time. And if you feel like switching up the scene, walk across the plaza to one of the many other clubs and bars open until 6am or 7am. Jamboree is a great mix between a live music locale and a late night disco. It’s tons of fun and located in one of the most electric Plazas in the city, Plaza Reial. When you’re finished in the club, watch the sunrise amongst the palm trees.
With two floors playing completely different music nightly, you can feel like you’re attending separate clubs at this trendy Barcelona venue. Rock out to heavy metal upstairs and then dance to minimal house on the main floor. BeCool often features well known DJ’s so be sure to check the website for upcoming artists and shows. This is a ‘nicer’ club in Sarria, one of the outer lying neighborhoods in Barcelona. Frequented by Catalan locals, hipsters and expats who love music, BeCool is a great way to spend an evening with good people, great music and a variety of drink options.
It’s worth the line up if you’re in the mood for top 40 hits. Located in the slightly more elegant, Eixample neighborhood, Hyde is a small, unassuming nightclub with a young university crowd. If you’re looking for a great night on the town, this is always a sure bet. Although it’s mostly populated with a younger crowd, Hyde Club still attracts the mid 30’s and early 40’s crowd as well. It has a great mix of people and is an incredibly fun night on the town. Located in the Eixample area, you’re surrounded by other bars and clubs so if you get sick of this one you can easily stroll to the next.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A cheesy, stylish bar in the Eixample with excellent dance tunes
Sam’s expert tip: Order their Vodka Ginger and Lime specialty drink
A Barcelona staple, Macarena Club has been around for years and to locals and tourists alike it is a late night gem. But be sure to arrive early (by 1:30am) as the club is tiny and once it reaches capacity, the doors shut. If you’re looking for a mix of house and electronic beats this is the place to go. Centrally located in the Gothic Quarter, it’s easy to find and easier to stumble home from, especially if you’re staying downtown. This is a sure bet for night-caps, if you feel like staying on your feet until the sun comes up.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A Barcelona, Gotico ‘must-see’, featuring fabulous Dj’s in a small and intimate setting
Sam’s expert tip: Great place for a private party
Six Euros buys you admission and a drink to one of the liveliest clubs in Barcelona. The downstairs space is divided into two areas; one for the bar and a separate dancing room directly adjacent to it. If you’re looking for a mix of 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s and 90’s tunes, this is the place to be! Magic is one of Barcelona’s funnest clubs. Located in the Born neighborhood just on the edge before hitting Ciutadela Park, this club is always busy especially on Friday nights. It’s a no frills, no muss, no fuss type of club with wonderful energy and great tunes.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A fun, top 40’s club with great music, cheap drinks and a lively vibe
Sam’s expert tip: Watch out for insanely long lines on the weekends, so try to arrive before 1:30am.
Relatively new to the Barcelona Club scene, Marula is a vibrant space, ideal for hosting concerts, live music and parties. It specializes in funk, but features rock, pop, jazz and other genres as well. Centrally located in the Gothic Quarter, right off of Plaza Tripi and La Rambla, this is a great late night party especially on weekends. Be sure to check their line up for well-known DJ’s and star line ups as they have special guests and featured artists all year-round. It’s best to get on the guest list, especially on the weekends when lines can extend into the plaza.
Recommended for Best Nightlife because: A hip and eclectic nightclub right off of La Rambla with a variety of hip hop and funk
Sam’s expert tip: There’s an excellent pasta place for late night food right next door to the club
Ladies throw on the heels and guys switch up the board shorts for trousers, if you want to get past the bouncers at Opium Mar. Overlooking the beach and located next to the elegant Hotel Arts, Opium is one of the hottest nightclubs in town, acting as a restaurant, bar, lounge and club all in one. If you plan on hitting the town for the night, go for dinner at Opium and then stay and watch as the restaurant slowly transforms itself into party central just a little after 12am (while avoiding the lines outside). This is a great place to dance the night away.
See and Be Seen at Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC). Posh, chic and trendy if you’re up for an expensive and elegant night out this is the place to be. This bar, restaurant and lounge has an exclusive VIP area, often frequented by football players but available to anyone as long as you buy a bottle of alcohol (usually 130 Euros minimum.). Located on Barceloneta’s beachfront, CDLC is surrounded by a host of other big name clubs including Opium and Shoko all of which provide for a lively and extremely exciting late night scene down by the boardwalk along the Mediterranean.
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