Barcelona's Best Bars and Clubs for an Unforgettable Night on the Town

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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Not only does Robadors 23 feature great live music venues and incredibly cheap tapas, but they also have Flamenco shows depending on the evening (usually Fridays and Saturdays are good bets). Located on the edge of the Raval neighborhood and...  Read More



This chic nightclub serves a varying choice of music, including hip-hop, jazz and Latin beats. The venue is split level with a dance club downstairs and live Spanish music upstairs. Most nights the place (downstairs) kicks off with live music...  Read More



This is a definite local hot spot or a place to frequent for those 'in the know'. One of Barcelona's best live music venues, El Paraigua is a swanky, cocktail and live music bar/lounge, located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. Just around the...  Read More



Live music in one of the Gothic Quarter's most rustic bars, Harlem Jazz Club is one of the most well known and renowned Barcelona hang outs. Always ripe with a killer weekly line up of funk, blues, Brazilian music, Cuban pop/rock and jazz and...  Read More



A relaxed and stylie, primarily girl cocktail bar and pub, amBar is still equally welcoming to gays and straights. They have comfy couches, low-key music and a free pool table, providing for an inviting atmosphere and a nice way to kick off the...  Read More



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...  Read More

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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...  Read More

Opium Mar


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,...  Read More



One of Barcelona's oldest and coolest nightclubs, City Hall is your best bet for late night music, great people and a sure bet for a fabulous evening. With two floors and a small outdoor patio, the club holds a lot of people and is always...  Read More



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...  Read More


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