Barcelona Nightlife

Once the sun goes down, Barcelona streets spill with the clamorous excitement of carousers out to play, often late into the night. Typically, after-work bars serve as base hubs for the evening’s festivities, often leading to moonlight dining followed by a fresh round of leisurely cocktails, live musical performances, or for the truly spirited and dancing until dawn. Many an evening begins with

a cultural fix: agendas quickly fill with the latest art gallery openings, theatrical performances and musical concerts ranging from the eclectic live music lineup of the cabaret-inspired Milano Cocktail Bar, to the gala operas featured at the 19th-century Liceu. After midnight, visitors rub elbows with colorful local personalities at Rubi Bar, a cozy, out-of-the way tavern among the posh lounge bars that pepper Ciutat Vella’s labyrinthine streets, but also in the trendsetting organic wine bars of El Born and Gràcia, and at Poble Sec’s Casa Martino, a rising star among the growing selection of evening vermuterias (vermouth bars). Meanwhile, in the urban-hip Eixample district, expert barmen mix classic cocktails with a new twist at the ritzy Solange cocktail bar. Meanwhile, Poblenou–-a neighborhood that has remained defiantly unchanged for years–-has experienced something of a renaissance with a string of animated haunts like the retro Balius Bar where gin and tonics are served with a jazz chaser. Those still standing after 2 am can explore the city’s incandescent club life: from the moody dance halls of La Rambla’s hellraising Plaça Reial to a selection of glamorous seaside venues in Port Olimpic. Whatever you choose, one thing is clear: Barcelona never surrenders to the night.

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Senyor Vermut

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Celebrating its second year, this snazzy, high-ceilinged vermuteria has local old-timers and trend-loving millennials lining up to...

Shôko

  • Dance Clubs

With tony design touches and a fusion cuisine inspired by the Orient, Shoko brings its own particular brand of cool to the Barcelona...

Sidecar Factory Club

  • Bars/Pubs

A mainstay of the decadent nightlife centered on Plaça Reial, this long-running music club has never fallen out of fashion—in fact,...

Solange Cocktails and Luxury Spirits

  • Bars/Pubs

The latest venture from the Pernia brothers, the trio whose Tandem Cocktail Bar (Aribau 86) pioneered Barcelona’s emerging cocktail...

Sor Rita

  • Bars/Pubs

Trippy and beyond kitsch, this wacky joint celebrates the “anything goes” anti-establishment spirit of award winning director Pedro...

The Sutton Club

  • Dance Clubs

If there's anywhere you should dress up to get past the door, it's here. If the international see-and-be-seen crowd converges around...

Tiki Bar Tahiti

  • Bars/Pubs

Don’t let the 50s diner-style booths, funky-looking barmen or multicolor walls fool you, this place is serious about their South Pacific–inspired...

Ultramarinos Hendricks

  • Bars/Pubs

Gintonic (in Spanish it’s all one word), the cocktail of choice for many a hip Barcelonian, is the undisputed star of this retro-fabulous...

Viblioteca

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Adding a little uptown pizzazz to boho chic enclave Gràcia, this diminutive, minimalist white (save for wall shelves of regional wines)...

Xix Bar and Gin Corner

  • Bars/Pubs

The interior of this eye-catching venue, a zany Alice meets Wonderland of checkered half-walls, marble bar and contempo objets d’art...

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