Nightlife in Barcelona

Featuring sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, picturesquely set against the green mountains, Barcelona boasts one of the most spectacular natural sceneries in the world. As a Mediterranean city, Barcelona features a vibrant and exciting nightlife. Although nighttime fun in the Catalonian capital begins well after sundown, it lasts until the morning and sometimes well into the following day.

In fact, Barcelona's famous nightlife constitutes the chief reason for many travellers' coming to the city. Crowds of locals, students and foreign tourists sweep from bars to pubs to taverns to enjoy sangría, Spanish wine, and the famous tapas. A recommendable location in which to sample this combination is Rita Blue (Plaza Sant Agusti), a funky restaurant club.

Another popular choice is the Bosque de los Fades, literally meaning 'the forest of fairies', and magically decorated to resemble one (Las Ramblas, next door to the Wax Museum).

In order to appreciate the amount of effort that Barcelona's bar-owners put into making their establishments as unique as possible, go for a wander around the Gothic, Born, Raval and Gracia districts. You’ll certainly come across many surprises which will keep you coming back. Looking to join a pub crawl and have a lot of money to spend? Head for the bars along the waterfront in Port Olympic. Most of the bars there are combined with music clubs, but drinks are often very expensive.

Cosy coffee shops scattered around the city very often also offer alcoholic beverages. They’re a really good alternative to a busy pub if you're looking for some peace and quiet, or a place for a business meeting. Importantly, most cafés stay open until 1am and also offer food. The meals usually aren't of restaurant quality, but are filling and cheap. Every visitor to Barcelona should visit a wine bar, serving a wide variety of regional and national wines. Prices range from moderate to expensive, so make sure you're financially prepared for the bill.

Keep your eyes open for the traditional bars where the locals hang out. They're usually full of old people playing cards and drinking beer, and the atmosphere is truly unique. There's also a multitude of typical Irish and English bars, with English-speaking staff serving Guinness and organizing live music concerts, quiz nights and language exchanges.

Barcelona boasts a vibrant clubbing scene with something special for everyone. A wide variety of musical styles is played in venues all around the city, though it seems that the electronic scene is particularly well-represented. Indie rock, salsa and jazz clubs can also be found on nearly every street.


Clubs and discos usually open as late as midnight, and the dance floors don't fill up until well after 2am. During the day, look out for PR girls and boys distributing free entry passes to some of the most popular clubs; otherwise admission can cost you up to 18 euro. In the summer, clubs open their terraces, many of them with spectacular views and sometimes even a pool. Recommendable locations include Dr G (Pere Serafi 23), Karma (Placa Real 10), Soho (Aribau 195), La Fira (Perovenca 171), and Alfa Club (Mayor de Gracia 36).

The after-hours bars usually feature a small dance floor where you can dance the remainder of the night away to chill-out music. Late-night bars usually stay open until 10am, and occasionally even until the early afternoon. After an exciting night in Barcelona's clubs and bars there's nothing better than to get back to your Barcelona hotel and rest, dreaming about your next day in this vibrant city.