Barcelona's nightlife scene is one of the most electric in the country, if not in Europe. As the city continues to jump in the rankings for the most desirable holiday destination, new clubs and trendy cocktail bars are springing up all over town, especially in the city center. Ciutat Vella (Old City), is what locals refer to as the downtown core. It's made up of several neighborhoods, including the most historic Gothic Quarter, the chic Barrio Born, the more rustic Raval as well as the Barceloneta right along the Mediterranean. If you're looking to have an incredible time in the city center, you'll have more than enough options from which to choose, between these neighborhoods. The Gothic Quarter in particular is always hopping as there are more bars per capita and since most of them don't require a cover charge, it's not unusual to spend the night jumping from club to club. If you're into funk, R & B, house, heavy metal or want to listen to Taylor Swift's greatest hits, there's a disco with your name on it. Plaza Reial is particularly popular, and although it's very touristy in the plaza itself, if you venture into one of the many side streets surrounding the plaza, you'll come across several local dive bars. If you're brave enough to pull up a stool and order a beer, you'll be sure to experience an authentic Barcelona night on the town.
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