Ciutat Vella's Hippest Places to Spend a Night on the Town

Barcelona's Ciutat Vella (Old City) is the place to be if you're looking for a fun, exciting and action packed night on the town. Between the rustic Raval, trendy Born and popular Gotico neighborhoods, there are more bars and nightclubs than most people know what to do with. Depending on what you're looking for, there are a variety of late night options as well including after hour bars, which are usually open until 2 or 3pm the next day - if you can last that long. 

In terms of great clubs, some prime areas to consider scoping out include Plaza Reial in the Gothic Quarter, right off La Rambla, Passeig Del Born in the Born neighborhood and Rambla Del Raval in the Raval. Plaza Reial is home to an abundance of night clubs and even if you don't feel like going inside the clubs, the square itself is a lot of fun to spend time in as it's always packed and full of eclectic characters, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings. Another great area of Ciutat Vella to explore is on the edge of Barceloneta neighborhood. Some of the fanciest and most well known clubs are situated along the boardwalk including Shoko, Cat Walk and the CDLC. So no matter where you end up in Ciutat Vella, you'll never be left without a lively nightclub at your fingertips. 

Poblet Sec


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



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...  Read More

Ginger Bar


With its hanging disco ball, plush leather seats and wooden tables, many Ginger fans have coined this trendy wine and cocktail bar as an 'airport lounge'. It is however, rather known for it's innovative cocktails, wide selection of amazing wine...  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

Sant Pere-la Ribera


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,...  Read More

Marula Cafe


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,...  Read More

Factory Barcelona Club


Trendy New York style nightclub in the heart of Ciutat Vella (Old Vella), Factory Barcelona Club caters to those who don't mind shelling out a bit of cash to jam with Barcelona's finest. About three steps off La Rambla, you can't miss this late...  Read More



This hot dance club located in an old theater stays rocking until six in the morning. In the main room, you will find a crowd that loves to groove to techno and if that's not your style, you can try the Picnic Bar where they play Pop or the Def...  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



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


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