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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El Paraigua

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This eatery’s stunning Modernist facade–-intricately carved wood, an exquisite vintage register and other delicate reminders of its...

33/45

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From the street, this indie-cool hipster haven seems too brightly lit for gritty-glam Raval. But upon closer inspection, a copious, cushy...

Ale and Hop

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Trendy with a capital “T,” Ale and Hop leads the pack in the latest craft beer bar invasion to hit the city. Resembling a slick New...

Ambar

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Right off the tree-lined Rambla del Raval, the clientele at this popular watering hole is as colorful as the snazzy, red-quilted bar...

Antilla BCN Latin Club

  • Dance Clubs

You'll find this exuberant Caribbean spot sizzling with salsa, son cubano, and merengue from the moment you step in the door. From 10...

Balius Bar

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Named after the historic hardware store that once stood here, Balius Bar’s retro-chic decor, snazzy playlist (Sunday night “Cotton...

Banker's Bar

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With its decorated ceiling and a wall featuring authentic safety deposit boxes dating back to the venue's former incarnation as a bank,...

Bar Brutal

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Whimsically fashionable with its red tabletops, arched ceiling and lacquered bar counter whilst promoting a more traditional sensibility,...

Bar Pastis

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On a tiny street off the bottom of La Rambla, this dusty hole-in-the-wall is a city treasure. For six decades, Bar Pastis has provided...

Bikini Barcelona

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This sleek megaclub, which was reborn as part of L’Illa shopping center, boasts the best sound system in Barcelona. A smaller sala...

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