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Nightlife in Barcelona

The definitive guide to the nightlife in Barcelona by someone who has worked in the nightlife industry for over a decade!
This nightlife in Barcelona guide will cover the best food, drink and festivals.

I have been asked again and again to put together a complete guide to the nightlife scene in Barcelona, I have spent hours and hours going to the best pubs, bars, restaurants and events (I Know poor me, right) over my decade-plus in Barcelona and have decided to write this guide for you.

This is not just another list of the best old man pubs in Barcelona compiled by some keyboard warrior who never went out on a Saturday night in his life, this is a one-stop guide of the Barcelona nightlife scene written by me Adam Brigante a thirteen year Barcelona party veteran and founder of the infamous Barcelona Pub Crawl. I have my finger on the pulse of the Barcelona nightlife scene because that’s my job and I am here today to share that knowledge with you, you lucky little sausage.

Barcelona can be hard to navigate as unlike most cities there is no set strip of cool bars all the good places are dotted around the city in some of the most random places, TripAdvisor and other review sites are completely out of sink with this city leaving me shocked with some of their five-star recommendations after being to them.

My complete guide to Barcelona nightlife, with a neighbourhood by neighbourhood break down of the best pubs, bars, madest nightclubs and the most unmissable events & festivals. After this ten minute read, you will be bestowed with the knowledge that took me over ten years to acquire without all of the headaches of suffering all the shit places along the way, you can thank me after!

Within this guide, I am not going to dribble on about this and that am gonna be direct and straight to the point I am also not going to overwhelm you with countless choices, I will tell you a handful of places in each neighbourhood the places that I go to and why I go there.

Neighbourhood by Neighbourhood guide of the nightlife in Barcelona .

The first section of my guide the six central areas of the city and where to enjoy the nightlife of Barcelona. I have included my favourite bars, pubs, clubs and for the eaters out there my favourite places to gorge! 

The nightlife in Barcelona is wide and varied and there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

The Gothic Quarter for nightlife in Barcelona

The beating heart of medieval Barcelona and where you would find the world-famous Las Ramblas. Now the gothic quarter can be one of the trickiest places to navigate for anyone looking for decent nightlife spots as it is littered with full-on tourist traps serving expensive beer and lukewarm tapas for extortionist prices, I have heard some horror stories of people pay north of €15 for the pleasure of drinking a beer on one of the Las Ramblas terraces. Now the Gothic Quarter is old and a lot of the streets are narrow and windy and it can seem a bit daunting to navigate just put on your big boy/girl pants and get involved the nightlife in Barcelona is not going to come to you, you must venture to it!

 

The best restaurants in The Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

food, food, food! I love it I cant honestly get enough good food. Inside me is the fattest kid in the world screaming to get out, I just wanna eat all day!

La Pachuga

This is hands down the best Mexican food I have ever eat and av been to Mexico! Well so has the owner he was born there and brought all his mommas recipes with him on the plane over. 

Location

Carrer d’en Carabassa, 19, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

As with most nightlife places in Barcelona its located down a little side street that you might think nothing was down. It is about a 5 min walk from La Rambla, if that. 

What to order

Everything!!!! I mean it there is nothing on this menu that is not good! I am not a fan of nachos but wow did this place change my mind the nachos here are a different level mountains of goodness surrounded by homemade tortilla chips that are just a different level to anything I have ever eaten before. The tacos are just gonna leave you wanting more until you eventually pop. Another thing here is the michelada’s they are traditional Mexican beer drinks mixed with chilli, tomato juice and lime they will blow you away and deffo worth a try! 

Just a warning here don’t make plans for later in the evening you will probably be going straight home to bed with one heavy Mexican food coma! 

When to go

They are open from 2 PM till 2 AM i think the kitchen closes about 10 PM, get there early to avoid the lines this place is popular with anyone in the know in Barcelona for good reason the food is pow! 

Who should go

No one should go cos I want it all! This place is perfect for small groups I think their biggest table fits max 6. Couples taking up space for six might attract dirty looks by those waiting to dine! People with big groups should look elsewhere as they simply can’t sit your group together here. 

Sensi Tapas

Great spot for contemporary tapas a bit of change from the old fried squid rings. Enjoy some romantic nightlife in Barcelona.

Location

Carrer Ample, 26, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Another food spot just up the road from La Rambla, located around loads of cool little bars for a drink while you wait for your table or after your meal. 

What to order

So many options here with an ever-evolving menu taking into consideration the season but definitely a place to have a bottle of wine with your meal they have a great selection of local and international wines to choose from.

When to go

This is a late evening meal place and a reservation would be advised as they are full most nights.

Who should go

This is definitely for the couples, nice meal, nice wine, nice relaxed atmosphere.

Les Quinze Nits

A classic in the Barcelona restaurant scene though this place might look expensive from the outside it is one of the best value places in Barcelona.

Location

Plaça Reial, 6, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Located in Plaça Reial, I swear you could just spend the whole night in this Plaça and never need to go anywhere else. 

You will spot Les Quinze Nits easily as it will be the place with the line leading right into the middle of Plaça Reial, do not let this put you off as it moves quickly and is definitely worth the wait, I have never waited more than 10 mins and I have been here loads of times over the years. You cannot make a reservation. 

You might look at the terrace of white linen and nicely laid out tables and think it’s above your budget you would be so wrong. 

What to order

This menu is extensive and has something for everyone but I have got to say you need to choose their chorizo patatas bravas as a started and the shoulder of Lamb as a main is my absolute favourite! This is another place it’s straight home to bed after.

They also do jugs of wine and sangria which are worth a try and so cheap!

When to go

This place is always open and they do a special menu del dia on the weekdays in the afternoon I think its 10 euros for a three-course meal and a glass of wine!

I do prefer to come in the evenings whenever friends or family come to visit me.

Who should go

Ideal for everyone, they have big tables inside and tables of 4 on the terrace so any group size can be provided for.

The best bars in The Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

As I said I am not going to bombard you with choices am gonna keep it plain and simple here are three bars I would recommend for the best night in Barcelona. Not everyone is gonna agree but these are places I go to regular and have a good night.

Sub Rosa

A trendy little Cocktail bar that will have you wanting more and more until you hit the floor!

Location

Carrer d’en Rauric, 23, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

This little gem is located down a piss stinking alley (like most good places in Barcelona) just off Carrer Ferran don’t let the alley or the smell of it put you off, take a deep breath and hold it till you get inside. It is what some people would label as cosey when they mean a very small little place it probably has a license for 20 people but squeezes in 50 odd. I love the style of this place with its dark gothic twist on shabby chic. The staff are all super friendly and seem to be having a little party themselves! The vibe and energy of this place make it one of the best places for nightlife in Barcelona. 

I actually use to live right over the road from this place and we knew the head bartender there pretty well and on the weekends he would send us over frozen daiquiris when we were lying hungover in bed!

What to order

They serve the most banging frozen daiquiris in a whole bunch of flavours, they are honestly the easiest thing to drink and if you’re feeling a bit delicate from the night before will sort that hangover right out.

When to go

I would say this is definitely a pre-gamer before the club type of place or for a few cheeky cocktails after an evening meal or even before it!

Who should go

Ideal for small groups of friends or couples. No lads on tour allowed! 

Penny bangers

Cocktail/Lounge Bar

Location

Carrer Ample, 35, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Penny Bangers is located on Carrer Ample just off Las Ramblas but it feels a million miles away from all that hustle and bustle. This is their second bar venture the first being a bar named 32 that was just over the road. This place is a staple for the ex-pat community in Barcelona that want something different than your ordinary run of the mill Irish Pub. The interior is quite large for a gotico bar and has a few different seating areas large enough for a group of friends that you can snag if you get there handy enough. The walls are literally covered in bespoke artwork put together by the owners and the whole place feels like your stepping into someone’s home filled with bits and pieces of mismatched furniture that somehow all fits together nicely. 

What to order

Boasting the best Guinness in town the Irish and Mancunian owners really do take pride in, making sure several glasses are tasted daily to ensure the quality of the product! They also have a great cocktail menu and if you feeling a bit peckish, fresh quick bites and snacks made daily. 

When to go 

This bar is a great idea for after an evening meal with friends or family. I have spent many a night sitting here from 8 PM till they closed at 2 in the morning. 

Who should go

A great place for everyone and all types of groups even if you’re by yourself you will be sure to find someone to have a chat with sitting at the bar! 

Ocaña

Massive bar

Location

Plaça Reial, 13-15, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

A huge place in one of the best locations in Barcelona right in Plaça Reial, with a massive terrace that you might be lucky enough to sit on if you can get there early enough. Nothing better than sitting on this terrace watching the madness of Barcelona unfold. 

What to order

They have a wide selection of just about everything, to me, nothing really stands out, you are here for the location more than anything so grab a Caña and chill out and watch the nightlife unfold.

When to go 

This place is open all day and all night till about 2 AM. It is deffo a good place for a drink before the club as it is located right next to Jamboree one of my favourite clubs that I will be talking about later in my guide of the nightlife in Barcelona.

Who should go

It is huge so this is one for big groups of friends out celebrating that cannot be accommodated by the usually small bars of Barcelona!

The best clubs in The Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Now you ain’t spoilt for choice for clubs in this area but there are a couple I have listed my favourites below.

Jamboree

Downstairs Hip/Hop, upstairs cheesy pop music.

Location

Plaça Reial, 17, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Sick location right in the centre of Barcelona

What to order

It is a club in Barcelona it ain’t mad expensive but don’t be thinking you’re back home in Wetherspoons. It ain’t cheap here but it is probably one of the cheapest clubs in Barcelona

When to go 

This club is only small so it always feels quite busy giving it a great atmosphere most nights of the week the weekends are especially busy maybe a bit too bust but that’s club life baby!

Who should go

Great for everyone but the doorman like most don’t like lads on tour (me either) so stay away! No turds allowed.

BLVD

Three rooms with three different sounds, something for everyone.

Location

La Rambla, 27, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
If you wanna say you partied on La Rambla here is your chance.

What to order

Mate its a club get a drink!

When to go 

This place is massive making the vibe here not the best when it ain’t busy, I would say this is weekend only!

Who should go

Ideal for big groups as its one of the few clubs that let anyone in so be aware there might be more than one turd floating around. Get ready to fake smile, nod and walk away a few times to randoms at the bar.

El Born for nightlife in Barcelona

Hip, chic and definitely the place to be seen for those on-trend nightlife lovers. El Borne is full of little bespoke cocktail bars and some of my favourite places to eat in the whole of Barcelona. This ain’t the neighbourhood to tear it up in a club all night but it certainly is a great place to start and somewhere to keep it classy Sandiego before the night turns to mad. I would also recommend this neighbourhood for those looking for couples nightlife in Barcelona as it does not attract massive groups of lager louts or too many dickheads.

 

The best restaurants in El Born, Barcelona

El Born is crammed full of trendy little places to eat. I would say it is a little bit more of a classier affair compared to nightlife found in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.

Mosquito

My absolute go-to place with friends when they visit, a blend of Asia meets Europe with this craft beer inspired dim sum dumpling house.

Location

Carrer dels Carders, 46, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Located off the busy Via Laietana you will find one of the best food/beer spots in the city. I really love the vibe in this place it is such a cool place to have a bite to eat and a few beers before venturing on to experience some more nightlide in Barcelona! 

What to order

So many things are good on the menu but I would have to highly recommend the duck, Szechuan beef, mushrooms in butter, all the dumpling varieties and the bamboo (yes bamboo!) also an honourable mention to the belly pork. It is all designed for sharing so go with a crew and try everything.

As well as the food they have the most amazing selection of craft beer with beers from all around the world my favourite being the Lindemans Kriek cherry beer and the Tripel Karmeliet.

When to go 

it’s open from 1 PM till midnight every day apart from Monday when they open from 7.30 PM till midnight. Just a little tip here this place gets mad busy around 9 PM. If you are unlucky enough to get there and it’s full you can add your name to the waiting list and go for a stroll around the block its a lovely little part of town.

Who should go

Ideal for groups of friends who like to talk shit and eat good food with great quality beers!

La Fianna

Ideal for a romantic meal and a bottle of wine with that special someone.

Location

Carrer de Manresa, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Located a stone’s throw away from Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar this romantic dinner venue is ideal for couples. 

What to order

The duck magret and the beef fillet mignon are my top choices here both cooked to perfection. The menu is extensive and there really is something for everyone. Great wines and cocktails also.

When to go 

Ideal for a late evening meal after aromatic stroll threw El Borne. It can like most good places get busy on the weekends so booking in advance would be advised.

Who should go

This place is for all the lovers out there but would be also nice for a group of girls who fancy a classy meal on one of there nights out in Barcelona.

Bacoa Burger Kiosko

Forget about what you know about good burgers, this is about to knock your favourite burger place of its top spot. They have been making gourmet burgers here before they were even popular.

Location

Av. del Marquès de l’Argentera, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Right on the edge of El Born located just over the road from the main city centre train station Estación de Francia this is a perfect place to go on your walk home from the beach before the night starts.

What to order

Well with it being a burger place….. They have plenty of burgers to choose from, you can even create your own. I would recommend the classic EL BACOA burger on a brioche bun. I ain’t the biggest burger fan but I always have time for a burger from this place! The rustic fries are also good amazeballs. The meat on these burgers almost tastes like your eating a steak a million miles away from anything I have had before.

When to go 

It has a well-deserved reputation for being the best burger in Barcelona and it is bust most of the time, all good things come to those who wait in line!

Who should go

All are welcome even the lads on tour get ya burger and either eat inside or on the go! They are massive like so you will probably wanna find somewhere to sit down instead of getting it everywhere trying to eat it while you walk!

The best bars in El Born, Barcelona

 El born is a great place for trendy little bars and cafes, the area is full of historic buildings, museums and galleries. You may even find yourself sitting out on one of the many benches in Passeig del Born enjoying a can of the local beer with newfound friends.

Paradiso

Modern day Speakeasy, the door on the left of the photo leads to the true nature of this place.

Location

Carrer de Rera Palau, 4, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
You would be forgiven for thinking you were waiting in line for a New York style deli, but when the larder door open in the back of this deli you are transported to one of the top modern gastronomic cocktail bars in the city.

What to order

You are spoilt for choice for top cocktails in this bar including all the usual classics and a list of contemporary creations of there own. Everything is made with premium spirits and ingredients.

When to go 

Evening place that’s always busy, get ready to wait in line but I can tell you from experience the wait is most definitely worth it.

Who should go

This place due to its small size is ideal for small groups of friends or couples.

The best clubs in El Born, Barcelona

There is not much in way of late-night partying in El Born closing time in this area in most cases is around 2 AM but we do have an option for you.

Magic

This underground club is the only in the area that closes at 6 AM

Location

Passeig de Picasso, 40, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Just over the road from Ciutadella Park, its a bit of a hole inside but I have spent many a night here off my nut.

What to order

Its a grungy dive club you might even get lucky and someone offer to put some MDMA in your drink.

When to go 

Go when there is nowhere else to go and you cannot be fucked moving out the Barrio but still wanna get on it!

Who should go

Ideal for you and your friends if you want to make zero effort!

El Raval for nightlife in Barcelona

Am from the ghetto so from time to time I don’t mind returning to one and El Raval is the ghetto of Barcelona if you don’t scare easy and you roll deep you should make it out alive, I can’t guarantee your wallet or purse will make it out with you but hold on tight and you never know! If you have watched The Lion King I would compare El Raval to the Elephant graveyard where all the Jackals and Hyenas live waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting prey.

Now beside El Raval being full of human scum that would rob you soon as look at you, it does have a few decent places an armed man might dare to venture on the hunt for some decent nightlife in Barcelona.

 

The best restaurants in El Raval, Barcelona

I hear the phrase shabby chic thrown about all too often these days, El Ravel is most definitely shabby, but don’t let that fool you it has some propper banging places to eat and is the place to go for those on a budget.

Al Atlas sandwiches

This little unknown Moroccan sandwich shop in Barcelona is, in my opinion, the best everyone raves on about another place called Bo de B, it didn’t even make it on my guide.

Location

Rambla del Raval, 30, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
On the main street and probably the only safe one in El Raval, this hole in the wall has limited seating and is usually full. Take to go and sit out on Rambla Del Raval or the park around the corner.

What to order

The sandwiches here are massive they are packed with whatever ingredients you want (chicken, beef or tuna) and then topped with french fries. Believe me, they are huge and only €2.50

When to go 

It’s open all day from midday till 2 AM, be aware during Ramadan they are only open in the evening. Perfect place to go post-bar or pre-club!

Who should go

All welcome!

The best bars in El Raval, Barcelona

There a few bars in El Raval that are worth trip too but if am honest it ain’t up there with the top areas in Barcelona to be going for a drink.

Bar Marsella

Walking through the doors of Bar Marsella, you would think you have stepped back in time, it is said to be Barcelona’s first bar and counts Picasso, Dali and Hemingway as former patrons.

Location

Carrer de Sant Pau, 65, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Just around the corner from Rambla de Raval on one of the main streets that connect Raval with La Rambla. The place looks old and its interior design has not been touched in over 100 years.

What to order

They are famed here for there absinthe and it is the original absinthe bar of Barcelona.

When to go 

They open from 6 PM – 2 AM daily here. This is a nice place to go for digestif and a chat with friends after a heavy meal.

Who should go

Great for groups of friends as there is plenty of seats and tables in varying formations.

The best clubs in El Raval, Barcelona

There a few bars in El Raval that are worth trip too but if am honest it ain’t up there with the top areas in Barcelona to be going for a drink.

Moog Club

Hardcore techno club in the heart of Barcelona

Location

Carrer de l’Arc del Teatre, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
A 1 min walk from La Rambla down a street that should only be for the bins, you will find Moog a modern digital music lovers paradise.

What to order

An ecstasy tablet!

When to go 

Its open from Midnight till 6 AM daily

Who should go

For the hardcore techno heads who wanna gurn there face off till late into the early morning!

Barceloneta / Port Olímpic for nightlife in Barcelona

The old fishing hub of Barcelona and now one of the busiest places to catch a bite to eat and a few drinks. I would say that the nightlife in Barceloneta is more orientated for late meals and a few cheeky drinks before you head to another part of town. The restaurants in this neighbourhood tend to open for daytime service then close until 8 pm before they reopen for the evening service.

Not only do i frequent the best nightlife spots in Barceloneta it is also the neighbourhood that I live in!

The best restaurants in Barceloneta, Barcelona

I hear the phrase shabby chic thrown about all too often these days, El Ravel is most definitely shabby, but don’t let that fool you it has some propper banging places to eat and is the place to go for those on a budget.

Bivio

This is not the cheapest place on the list but you would be hard-pressed to find a cheap restaurant in a location like this anywhere in the world. It is no means super expensive, you get what you pay for. It has one of the nicest terraces in the city overlooking the busy street Passeig de Joan de Borbó. They have a mixed Mediterranean menu serving a range of Italian pasta, thin-crust pizza and also local paella.

Location

Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 60, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
One of the biggest restaurants on the main strip heading towards the busiest beach in the city. You might see a lot of tourist traps on this street, this place is not one of them.

What to order

I love the pasta here it is top-notch, I have sampled most of the menu and it honestly is all great! They also have a big wine menu with an impressively stocked cellar. 

My star dish described by a beautiful red-headed waitress on my first trip to Bivio as the “orgasm dessert” is the ferrero rocher mousse, All I can say is the woman sure does know a good orgasm when she has one, absolutely delish. 

When to go 

Open midday to midnight daily this place is an ideal evening meal venue with the beach, bars and great clubs just a short walk away.

Who should go

Such a great place for some many people to go, they cater for small and big groups alike.

The best bars in Barceloneta, Barcelona

This place is full to the brim of great bars to spend the whole day, afternoon and evening! It is my top spot in Barcelona for bar life.

Eclipse

Located on the 26th floor of the iconic W hotel, it boasts an impressive view of the coastline of Barcelona and some very nice cocktails. Yeah it is expensive but you only live once!

Location

The W Hotel (26 floor) Moll Oriental, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Do it for the gram! You cannot beat this location for a great photo opportunity while in Barcelona the building sure is some impressive architecture and the view from the bar itself is just wow!

What to order

Not going to lie, it is expensive but it is nice to splash out every now and then! I love the cocktails here.

When to go 

Opens at 6 PM till late, this place gets very busy around 9 PM so I would suggest getting there early to beat the crowd.

Who should go

Great for couples and small groups of friends, they do have some biggest seating areas but they can be hard to snag.

The best clubs in (PORT OLIMPIC) Barceloneta, Barcelona

Set-up for the Olympic games in 1992 this area has lots to offer when it comes to madness boasting a mad strip of mental shithole bars and all the big named clubs of Barcelona if you are after some late nightlife in Barcelona you have found it, this area does not stop till the clubs close at 6 AM and after that, the party moves onto the beach where you can buy cans from the beer sellers 24/7 for two euros!

Another warning about safety here, on the beach there are loads of thieving bastards, they won’t physically attack you there game is sneaking around the beach like army special forces and capturing unsuspecting peoples bags, I have literally seen them commando crawl 500 meters down the beach under the cover of night.

Don’t get me wrong the occasional knife does get pulled out and someone stabbed in the process. The more I write about the nightlife in Barcelona I can’t help but think this city has gone right down the pan when I first got here in 2007 there was never really any fear that someone would get more than there pocket dipped. Now it seems like a weekly news story on repeat about someone getting violently assaulted or even killed in a mugging gone wrong. I am honestly not trying to scare anyone, Barcelona is safe and it is possible to go out and enjoy the nightlife in Barcelona without getting accosted, just take my advice keep an eye out and don’t bring out your passport. The same advice could be given when going to any of the worlds major cities, shit happens. Constant vigilance!

Opium

This has to be the main attraction when it comes to clubs in Barcelona, with world-famous international DJ’s playing regular, this beachside super club is the place to be seen on the weekend.

Location

The W Hotel (26 floor) Moll Oriental, 08039 Barcelona, Spain
Do it for the gram! You cannot beat this location for a great photo opportunity while in Barcelona the building sure is some impressive architecture and the view from the bar itself is just wow!

What to order

Not going to lie, it is expensive but it is nice to splash out every now and then! I love the cocktails here.

When to go 

Opens at 6 PM till late, this place gets very busy around 9 PM so I would suggest getting there early to beat the crowd.

Who should go

Great for couples and small groups of friends, they do have some biggest seating areas but they can be hard to snag.

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