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Barcelona Nightlife Guide

by Drew on March 25, 2014 21 comments

Barcelona is easily in my top 3 favorite party cities in the world.   I’ve never raged harder than my 5-day bender in Barcelona.

In Spain, the locals are known to take siestas or long naps after dinner, so the bars/clubs don’t get started until at least 1AM.  If you are going clubbing, it’s not even worth it to show up earlier than 1.. Trust me, the fun doesn’t stop until like 7AM!

The nightclubs in Barcelona are arguably the best in Europe.  Many of the top ones are lined up in one designated area along the beach.  It’s so unique, because when the night is over, you can walk two steps outside the dance floor to watch the sunrise on the beach.

One thing to keep in mind before heading out in Barcelona is that you must dress nice!  This means NO hats, gym shoes, jeans, scrappy shirts, etc.  The bouncers will deny your entry in a second if you don’t look nice and/or if you are being obnoxious.   Also, don’t do what I did which was drink a beer in the line at the club…because you will not be allowed to enter.

Before you go to Barcelona, make sure your drinking shoes are on tight because you are about to have more fun than you’ve ever imaged!

Here is my list of the best places to party in Barcelona!

Disclaimer: The following list of clubs and bars was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations.  Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated.  If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list!  Enjoy :D

Top Clubs in Barcelona

#1. Opium

Club Opium is my favorite club in Barcelona and one of the best party venues I’ve been in the world.

Located directly on the beach, you will always find people in this club until the sun rises.  This club is HUGE. Inside, there are a many rooms with separate bars and a huge dance floor.  Outside, there is a swanky patio right on the beach, with big comfortable couches (shown in picture).  The night I was there, there was an awesome house DJ’s playing some tunes and everyone in the club was dancing.  It was absolutely incredible!   Make sure that you follow the dress code, because it is strictly enforced- no gym shoes, no hats, no shorts, etc.  When people ask me what is the coolest/most awesome club I’ve been to in Europe, my answer is always Club Opium.

Prices:
Drinks are so damn expensive, so make sure to drink as much as you can before going.  Also, cover charge can be quite expensive too (anywhere from €10-€30 depending on the night).

Address:
Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 34, 08005 Barcelona, Spain

Metro line is: Ciutadella Villa Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4).  Opium is less than 10 minutes walk from the metro station.  Exit metro and turn left down Calle Ramon Trias Fargos, and walk towards the beach.  You will then cross a large road called Ronda del Litoral.  Continue over the road and walk towards the beach.  You will see Opium on your right hand side.

#2. Razzmatazz

Razzmatazz is literally FIVE clubs in ONE!  Each floor has a different theme, each with it’s own DJ, dance floor and numerous bars.

Photo by David Boudreau on Flickr

You will find all different kinds of electronic music, from modern to 80s disco to electro-pop.  I would argue that if you only have one night in Barcelona, spend it at Razzmatazz.  When I was there, I remember constantly getting lost and stumbling into different rooms- and it was awesome!  This club seems to be the go-to for Barcelona’s young hipsters who are ready to party all night long.  You will absolutely have an incredible night that you will never forget (hopefully) at Razzmatazz.

Prices:
Expensive drinks and €10-20 cover charge.

Address:
Calle Pamplona, 88
08018 Barcelona, España

Metro stop is Marina (Red Line, L1).  The club is about a 7 minute walk from the metro.  Right when you exit the metro, walk down Calle del Almogavers.  Walk down for a little until you reach Calle Pampalona and turn right.  You will see Razzmatazz in front of you on the left.

#3. Sutton

Club Sutton is one of the most exclusive clubs in Barcelona.  Inside is extra swanky, where you will find a nice array of couches, a nice-sized dance floor and a few long bars.

Photo by Reillier Fred on Flickr

Dress code is strictly enforced, as Sutton has the reputation of an elite club.  The line will begin to get long around 2 AM, where you will see playboy looking girls begging the bouncers to be let in.  Don’t come here if you are on a tight budget, because things are quite expensive at this place.  That being said, this club is a lot of fun once you are inside and I recommend checking it out if you are in the area!

Prices:
Expensive, so pregame hard! No drink is under €10

Address:
Calle Tuset 13, 08006, Barcelona, Spain

Metro stop is Gracia.  Sutton is a short walk from there.  Exit the metro and start walking south down Via Aususta (towards the beach).  Turn right on Carrer Goya.  3 blocks down, turn left on Carrer Tuset and you will see Club Sutton on the right hand side.

#4. Catwalk

Catwalk is another amazing club in Barcelona that is located right on the beach nearby Opium.

Photo by ‘Chavelli’ on Flickr

The capacity is around 1,000 people which covers two different floors.  On the downstairs floor, you will find a huge dance floor with a bar, and upstairs is a chill-out zone where you can have a casual drink and chill with friends.  Many well-known DJ’s play at Catwalk, and the music is mostly house/techno.  You’ll see lots of young and glamorous foreigners and locals dancing the night away at Catwalk.   This club is a MUST if you want to see some of the most beautiful Spanish people and experience the heart of Barcelona nightlife!

Prices:
Just like Opium, cover is usually between €10 and €20 and drinks are at least €10 each.

Address:
Calle Ramon Trias Fargas, 2 – 4 (at the bottom of Hotel Arts), Port Olimpico
08003 Barcelona, España

Metro line is: Ciutadella Villa Olimpica (Yellow Line, L4).  The club is less than 10 minutes walk from the metro station.  Exit metro and turn left down Calle Ramon Trias Fargos, and walk towards the beach.  You will then cross a large road called Ronda del Litoral.  Continue over the road and you will see Catwalk before the beach on the left side.

#5. Club Moog

Club Moog is a fun dance club that is known for their electronic music.

Photo by ‘Dante’ on Flickr

Live DJ’s will play all types of EDM like house, drum ‘n bass, trance and classic techno.  The club is open 365 days a year, and there is always something new and different every night.  Moog has emerged as one of the most successful electronic music clubs in Barcelona, so it attracts many fans from all over Europe.  The atmosphere is lively with locals and foreigners dancing until the sun rises.  Moog is definitely worth checking out if you like EDM and want to party until sunrise!

Prices:
Expensive, comparable to other clubs in Barcelona

Address:
Carrer de l’Arc del Teatre, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Located just off La Rambla, a few blocks away from the ocean

Top Bars in Barcelona

#1. La Ovella Negra

Translated in English as “The Black Sheep,” La Ovella Negra is by far one of the coolest bars around Barcelona.

Photo by ‘Pau77’ on Flickr

The drinks are great, the crowd is young, and the atmosphere is lively.  This is your place to get giant jugs of cheap, delicious, Sangria.  And better yet, you’re almost obligated to make friends in this bar because you will be sharing tables with strangers- but don’t worry because most people here are outgoing and cool.

From what I learned, this bar has been around for decades, and has always been the hotspot for young adults to grab a drink and have fun with their friends.   You can also get giant pitchers of local beer- for really cheap.  La Ovella Negra is a great place to grab a drink with friends, meet new people, and pregame before heading out to the clubs on the weekends. I sure had a great time at this bar, and so should you!

Prices:
Cheap, especially if you split a pitcher of beer/wine with a big group of people!

Address:
Sitges 5, Barcelona, Spain 08001

Have fun raging in Barcelona!

 

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  • kate - August 5, 2016 reply

    Hi Drew !
    Do any of these clubs had RnB/Hip Hop – Planning a Bachelorette Party in Barca !!

  • Eden - July 27, 2016 reply

    Hey Drew!

    Do you remember how women dress on Tuesday nights at Opium? I don’t want to be too over- or underdressed. I was thinking a black dress and heels? Are the heels too much for a weeknight?

    Thanks so much!

  • Britofalright - March 30, 2016 reply

    Hi Guys
    a question about dresscode: is tshirt with blazer jeans and shoes considered acceptable

    Drew - March 31, 2016 reply

    Depends what kind of shoes and which night club you are trying to get into

    Jim salvin - April 25, 2016 reply

    Will vans or converse be suitable for the clubs at las ramblas

    Drew - May 3, 2016 reply

    Maybe at Las Ramblas, but not the nicer clubs

  • satty - March 9, 2016 reply

    Hi Drew, I have been Barcelona before but don’t remember much. I know the dress code is strict but do you think if I would get in with a shirt, smart jeans and shoes? Also could you recommend a place to go on a Thursday night?

    Drew - March 10, 2016 reply

    Depends what kind of shoes — they need to be nice (not gym shoes). Go to Opium on thursday! Enjoy

    satty - March 12, 2016 reply

    Would I be able to wear jeans though? Black shoes or black trainers? Thanks

    Drew - March 15, 2016 reply

    Yes jeans are okay but usually nice shoes (depends on the club)

  • Núria - September 9, 2015 reply

    Hey Drew! I’m from Barcelona and I mostly agree with you! But if you go back to Barcelona I suggest you go to Nasty Mondays (in Sala Apolo), you’ll enjoy a different kind of party, and of course not as touristy!

    Drew - September 9, 2015 reply

    Sounds great! I would love to get away from tourist parties 😉

    simon - November 25, 2015 reply

    Hi Drew! Shame you don’t know how to write good English. Where are you from?

    Drew - November 28, 2015 reply

    I never considered myself a good writer, and thanks for your comment

    CHRIS - March 29, 2016 reply

    Nothing wrong with his English, asshole

    Drew - March 31, 2016

    Thank you buddy — People hate just to hate

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  • Alex Morton - August 22, 2014 reply

    Ahhh Razzmatazz is the best! I always recommend that place to friends on their way to Barcelona. I also had a great time at Catwalk while I was there. It is also worth noting that you can get super good deals if you go out a bit earlier and just chat with people. We got a group of 13 into 3 different clubs for 5 euros each plus a free drink at each club and transportation — Legit for those trying to save some cash 🙂 xx

    Drew - August 22, 2014 reply

    Alex- Thanks for that tip! It’s very useful because clubs in Barcelona can be VERY expensive…

    Both Razzmatazz and Catwalk are a lot of fun! I hope to get back to Barcelona soon, beacuse I miss all of those clubs 😀

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