Museums, football, food, photoshoot from a photographer in Barcelona… There are many reasons to visit Barcelona. But there is one ultimate reason that no many people consider, and they should: the night life in Barcelona is awesome. A vast variety of vibes, atmospheres and styles that will definitely make you have some of the best nights in your life. Whether you prefer classy parties and commercial international music or if you would rather get crazy in a dark underground alternative club, Barcelona has a lot to offer you. In this post we will discuss the best nightlife options in the city -especially in summer- so you know where to go depending on what your interests and expectations are.
Nightlife in Barcelona: few tips before party
If someone you don’t know offers you drugs at night in the street just say NO. There are many scammers, pickpockets and hustlers who are looking to steal your money and won’t hesitate to rob you, specially in certain areas of the city.
If you are planning to get drunk at your apartment or hotel before going to the club, remember that for it is forbidden to sell alcohol after 11 o’clock in Barcelona. Be smart and get your beers before that time.
There are a lot of clubs near the beach in Barcelona, literally in front of the sea. It might be a temptation to have a night swim when you are drunk (it’s quite funny actually) but be careful with your belongings. Make sure there is someone watching over your personal stuff.
Dress code for Barcelona nightlife?
Depending on what club you are planning to go you should pay attention to your dress code, specially if you are a man. In summer bouncers are not that demanding when it comes to your clothes because it’s hot so you will be able to get inside most clubs with shorts (but not with flip flops!). A few things to remind for night life in Barcelona: try to avoid shirts with political messages or shirts from any sports team in particular, you will probably have to go back to your hotel to change your outfit.
Night life in Barcelona: top clubs
One of the biggest clubs in the city for night life in Barcelona, it used to be a factory that was reconverted into a nightclub. Located in Poblenou, Barcelona’s industrial district, Razzmatazz offers one of the most versatile nightlife options in the city. Opened every day, it has 5 different spaces with a huge variety of styles (techno, rock, pop, EDM, …)
≫ Carrer dels Almogàvers, 122, 08018 Barcelona
As well as Razzmatazz, Apolo is one of the historic clubs in the city. Opened every day of the week, it hosts different parties depending on the day. We encourage you to go on a Monday so you can enjoy their famous Nasty Mondays: you won’t be able to resist dancing its rock, indie and pop hits. If you are more into dancehall or trap music, you should go on a Wednesday when the club changes its whole vibe to get deeply into urban sounds. Feel free to wear any type of clothes you want: Apolo is your home now, get comfortable!
≫ Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113, 08004 Barcelona
The Pacha group is a reference all over Europe when it comes to nightlife. Its most famous club is in Ibiza but the one in Barcelona is also worth it. Reasonable price, good music and 50 meters away from the beach are the perfect combination for an enjoyable night in the city.
≫ Ramón Trias Fargas, 2, 08005 Barcelona
Similar to Pacha in its style and dimension, it offers international music perhaps with a more stylish lounge. It is slightly more expensive but usually less crowded than Pacha and Shôcko so it might be a good option if you don’t want to feel overwhelmed in busy nights.
≫ Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 34, 08003 Barcelona
One of the most famous clubs among tourists in Barcelona, if you are looking for a club with people from all over the world this is the place to go. Restaurant during the day and wild nightclub at night, Shôko offers a wide range of music styles, from Hip Hop to EDM or RnB.
≫ Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36, 08005 Barcelona
Probably the poshest option in this list for night life in Barcelona. Make sure you are dressing accordingly before you go or you might not be allowed inside. Located close to Diagonal, one of the most expensive streets in the city, Bling Bling offers international music and a classy lounge. It’s a good choice if you are looking for a top-notch VIP area where you can’t be bothered.
≫ Carrer de Tuset, 8, 08006 Barcelona
Widely known as the favorite club for Techno lovers. Located in Poble Espanyol, this club has two floors, terrace and one of the best sound and light systems in Barcelona to enjoy the best Techno music in the city. If you are into this music style you must give it a try, you will surely be delighted by its atmosphere.
≫ Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 13, 08038 Barcelona (Poble Español)
Another club full of this underground spirit that we all appreciate, Otto Zutz has something special. Located in Gràcia, one of the most unique areas in Barcelona, Otto offers Hip Hop, RnB and commercial hits with the best local DJs. On top of the club there is another space, Los Altos, more expensive and private which is often visited by celebrities such as FC Barcelona players or local actors and actresses.
≫ Carrer de Lincoln, 15, 08006 Barcelona
Thoughts about Night life in Barcelona
You will have a great time enjoying night life in Barcelona, that’s for sure. You just have to pay attention to tips that were recommended in this post and try to choose the club that fits your interests and personality. As a final recommendation, if you are spending a few nights in Barcelona it’s worth going to different nightclubs every night so you can get an idea of all the different styles and atmospheres that this spectacular city has to offer. Remember to drink water to help you with the hangover and try to sleep a siesta whenever you can to recover from all those wild nights. Enjoy!