7 ideas for going out in Barcelona

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Nightlife in Barcelona – Where to go out in Catalonia’s capital?

From quiet, sunny neighborhood bars to industrial-sized nightclubs, you’ll find that Barcelona really does have it all. The city is overflowing with clubs, bars and other nightlife venues, so we’ve decided to present just a few addresses to give you ideas for going out in Barcelona. Here are 7 ideas for going out and enjoying the nightlife in Barcelona:

1. Start the night with a few drinks on Gràcia

Take the green metro line to Fontana and enjoy Gràcia’s vintage bars and terraces. You’ll find the locals coming to relax in the many placas and terraces. It’s the perfect place to get into the mood before moving on to the crazier bars of central Barcelona. Try Plaça de la Virreina, and Plaça del Sol. Grab a table in the late afternoon sun and enjoy the view of the beautiful Església Sant Joan de Gràcia.

2. Spend a good time with the locals and for cheap in the El Raval district

In the barrio El Raval (in the center), you’ll find many bars. One of them is called L’Ovella Negra(5 Carrer Sitges, El Raval). Once a convent for nuns, it now serves huge pitchers of beer and sangria at the best prices in Barcelona (€3-4). It’s a great place to mingle with Barcelonians and travelers alike. It’s unpretentious and relaxed, ideal for having a laugh and meeting people from all over the world.

3. Then go to the Barri Gótic

The Gothic Quarter (metro Jaume I, line 4) has a few bars worth trying out on a night out in Barcelona. The Manchester Bar(5 Carrer de Milans, El Gotico), for example, which contrary to its name is not a tourist bar full of English people, but rather an underground bar where DJs play music of all kinds. You’ll also find plenty of pubs and bars to choose from in this district, so you’re sure to find the atmosphere that suits you best.

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4. Awaken your spirit at Bar Marsella

The Marsella Bar(65 Carrer de Sant Pau, El Raval) is said to be the oldest bar in Barcelona, and its 200-year-old nicotine-colored walls leave little reason for doubt. Its decor, reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Gatsby the Magnificent, is more reminiscent of Paris than anywhere else in Spain, but drinking absinthe here is a Barcelona tradition. Your absinthe will be served with a small sugar cube and a small fork. Place them on the glass and pour water over the sugar until dissolved, then stir. Be sure to pre-order a cold beer to wash it all down, and this will be the start of your crazy evening in Barcelona. The clientele here is pretty special, but don’t let that stop you.

5. Enjoy a cocktail at the Marmalade Bar

Pull up a stool at the Marmalade cocktail bar(4-6 Carrer Riera Alta) and admire the waiters’ skill in preparing a Boozy Rouge Beri, for example, which contains a generous dose of vodka, crème de cassis and raspberry purée. Perfect for just €5. Take a look at the exceptional menu. Here, the clientele can vary from the businessman in classy clothes to the bohemian with dreadlocks. So put on whatever you like, no one will tell you. Also try the GinTonic, a popular (and highly alcoholic) drink in Barcelona and Spain.

6. Visit Barcelona’s biggest club, Razzmatazz

A paradise for music fanatics of all stripes, Razzmatazz(122 Carrer Almogàvers) offers 5 huge rooms for dancing to a variety of styles. For hipsters, indie and rock, Razz Club (downstairs) is the place to be. For techno/house fans, you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Loft, which frequently plays host to some of the biggest names in the industry. Razzmatazz is one of Barcelona’s most decontracted nightclubs, and you don’t need to be well-dressed to get in. Inside, you’re sure to get lost. Don’t go before 2 a.m., as Spaniards go out late.

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7. Party on the beach at Opium Mar Club

White leather sofas, pinkish-purple lights and a great crowd make Opium Mar Club(Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta) one of the best places to party in Barcelona. This chic club overlooks the beach. Expect to spend a lot of money for this type of party. If, however, you prefer to limit your spending to a similar club, choose one of the nearby clubs like CDLC (same style, but simpler entrance).

Did you know that you can go out for free in Barcelona? A website lets you get into clubs without queuing, without last-minute problems and without access problems, all for free.

Other bars and clubs in Barcelona

  • Nitsa Club/ La 2 De Nitsa(113 Nou de la Rambla)
  • Marula Café(49 Carrer Dels Escudellers)
  • Cabaret Berlin(22 Bailén)
  • Sidecar Factory Club(7 Plaça Reial)
  • Magic Club(Parc de la Ciutadella, 40 Passeig Picaso)
  • BeCool(5 Plaça de Joan Llongueras)
  • La Terrrazza(13 Avinguda del Marquès de Comillas)
  • Jamboree(17 Plaça Reial)

How to get to Barcelona

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