Barcelona has an excellent nightlife not only for Spanish people but also and especially for foreigners, expats, students, and tourists. Barcelona offers a huge variety of bars and pubs, covering every theme and budgets. Some have a small dance floor, others a small restaurant, and many have live music. Bars are usually open until 2 to 3am. Some late licensed bars stay open until 5am. There are plenty Irish and English pubs, usually with English speaking bar staff. Most bars in the Port Olympic pose as clubs; the drinks there are rather expensive.
There are all kind of bars and nightclubs for all tastes and budgets. We give you here some general suggestions to explore for yourself:
Bars, cafes, clubs and discotheques you will find in the vicinity south of Avenida Diagonal between Calle Pau Claris and Calle Aribau.
Above the Avd. Diagonal on Calle Santaló and nearby, in the vicinity of the Plaça Francesc Macià, a more high class selection of night spots can be found.
Calle Aribau and Calle Muntaner are also very lively strips at night.
In the area of Avenida del Tibidabo, at the end of the Tramvia Blau (Blue tram) there are varied music and dance spots.
The Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) provides a striking background for one of the most unique night spots.
The Olympic Village in Poble Nou has a good selection of music bars and discotheques.
The Gràcia district has innumerable small night spots and a good number of outdoor cafés in the squares.
Barri Gòtic & Las Ramblas: A lot of clubs, bars and pubs are in the gothic area.
L’Eixample: Plenty of great bars and clubs here, but they are scattered around somewhat, mostly on the western side.
Maremagnum: By night the many clubs, pubs and bars take over. There is everything from Techno to Irish pubs to Salsa and the party isn’t over till 6 am.
Port Olímpic: You will find a stretch of clubs in the Olympic yachting marina.
Big Warning! Wherever you go:
- Don’t leave wallets or purses on the table!
- Never leave your bag on the back of a chair!
- Always keep an eye on your possessions!
- There are pickpockets operating in many areas!