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Everything You Need to Know About Nightlife in Barcelona
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Written by Hector

Founder of Latinomad, your Go-To Guide to living in Latin America as a Digital Nomad. My goal is to help people design a life that’s worth living; full of experiences, not things.
Last Updated:
Feb 6, 2022

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There are only a few places in the world that can compete with the intensity of the nightlife in Barcelona. This is one of the most popular cities on the planet and has a nightlife that is up to par.

There is something for every taste: from laid-back cocktail bars to Las Vegas-Style nightclubs. In addition, due to the influx of tourists, there is a party every single night of the week.

I get it, I’ve been there. Picking a place to go out when you have that many options can be overwhelming.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you. I’ve decided to develop a comprehensive guide to give you an idea of what to expect in terms of nightlife.

I assume that if you are reading this, you want to turn up until sunrise in Barcelona.

Well, good news. You are in the right place.

Here is everything you need to know about nightlife in Barcelona.

Nightlife Culture

The first thing you need to understand is that you are in Spain. It will be a little bit of a culture shock, especially if you are coming from the US.

Back in the west, we are usually getting out of the house at around 10:30 pm. Bars and clubs start getting some people at around 11:00 pm, and at 1:45 am they are kicking everybody out. Obviously, there are some exceptions, but this is what happens in the average American city.

Well, it does not work like that in Barcelona. The party here usually starts around midnight and is not over until the sun comes up. If you go out at 10:00 pm, you will be extremely disappointed. You might find some people still having dinner at that time.

Nightlife Hours

The typical nightlife hours in Barcelona are 12:00 am – 06:00 am. It is normal in Barcelona to have dinner late at night, usually around 8:00 -10:00 pm. After dinner, people usually get ready for some bar hopping, which starts around midnight. After a few drinks, socializing, and some light dancing at the bars, they finally decide to hit the clubs around 2:00 – 3:00 am.

Recommended Nightlife Schedule:

Here is the recommended nightlife schedule based on my experience in Barcelona. This is meant to be a guide for a visitor who wants to get the most out of its time in the city. I understand that there are people that don’t want this level of intensity. For the more laid-back readers, feel free to adjust as needed.

8:00pm – 10:00pm Dinner/Tapas:

12:00 am – 2:00 am Bar Hopping

2:00am – 6:00am Nightclubs

Best Nightlife Districts

Gothic Quarter

El Gótic is always lively, day and night. There is something for every taste in this area. It is home to some of the best bars in the city. The best strategy is bar-hopping around Plaça Reial, then head down to one of the clubs at Port Olimpic. Just have a few drinks, socialize, and get in the mood. If you get too crazy on the pre-game, you are not going to make it.

Port Olimpic

A seaside area where most of the fancy nightclubs are located. If you like to dance, this is probably where you will end up every single night. All the clubs are top-notch. Picking one or the other will depend on your taste and their offering that night.

Eixample

A district right north of El Gótic. It does not have a specific area where the nightlife is concentrated like Plaça Reial or Port Olimpic. However, it has a few trendy bars and clubs that are worth trying out.

Recommended Restaurants & Tapas Bars

It is hard to come up with recommendations in a city with as many options as Barcelona. There are just a lot of awesome places. However, to make your life easier, I will include my favorites below.

This is a pretty good list to get you started. All the places have different vibes to give you some variety.

FOC BCN

Latin American restaurant in the Barceloneta area. Great variety of traditional Latin dishes and drinks.

  • Hours
    • Sun – Thu: 12:00 PM – 2:30 AM
    • Fri – Sat: 12:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 66, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Website: FOC BCN

Bonavida

Fancy cocktail bar. Great spot to have some tapas and drinks before going out.

  • Hours:
    • Saturday – Sunday: 4:00 PM – 3:00 AM
    • Monday: 8:30 AM – 1:00 AM
    • Tuesday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 AM
    • Friday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 AM
  • Address: Carrer de Casp, 22, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
  • Website: Bonavida

Kubik Restaurant

Cool open kitchen restaurant in La Rambla. It’s known for its great tapas, wine, and beer.

  • Hours: Everyday 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Address: Rambla dels Caputxins, 45, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Website: Kubik Restaurant

La Tasqueta de Blai

Very popular tapas bar known for its awesome €1 pinchos.

Bars

Rei de Copes

Cool bar on Plaça Reial; an excellent place to start the night. Drink prices are reasonable. The setup is more suitable for socializing while getting a few drinks. However, there is also a small open-floor room where you can practice your dance moves.

  • Hours: Everyday 1:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Address: Plaça Reial, 10, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Laid back. There is no official dress code.
  • Website: Rei de Copes

El Bombón Salsa

Pretty nice Latin bar with good Mojitos and Salsa music. It is a small place, but you can always find a spot to practice those Salsa steps. Some days of the week they will have 2×1 Mojitos until 11:00 PM or 12:00 AM.

  • Hours
    • Saturday: 2:00 PM – 3:00 AM
    • Sunday: 7:00 PM – 3:00 AM
    • Monday – Thursday: 7:00 PM – 2:30AM
    • Friday: 7:00 PM – 3:00 AM
  • Address: 08002, Carrer de la Mercè, 13, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Comfortable clothes for dancing.
  • Website: El Bombón Salsa

Mr. Robinson

My favorite bar in Barcelona. It is that fine line between a bar and a dance club. You should expect a healthy mix of locals and foreigners. Drinks are reasonably priced.

  • Hours:
    • Friday – Saturday: 10:00 AM–3:30 AM
    • Sunday – Thursday: 10:00 AM–3:00 AM
  • Address: Pla de Palau, 16, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: No official dress code but most visitors dress nicely.
  • Website: Robinson

Jamboree

One of the few nightclubs located around Plaça Reial. Don’t be confused by the term Jazz Club. While it might be a Jazz Club some nights of the week, I’ve seen this place popping hip hop and reggaeton all night long. It has two floors, each with a different music genre.

  • Hours: Open every day until 5:00 AM
  • Address: Plaça Reial, 17, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Dress appropriately for a nightclub.
  • Website: Jamboree

Espit Chupitos

A great place for those killer shots in the middle of the night. This place has a mind-blowing selection of shots. In addition, the music is not bad at all. I can see this place turning into a small, low-key nightclub. It will be up to your group to turn it into that.

  • Hours
    • Sunday Closed
    • Monday – Saturday: 10:30 PM–2:30 AM
  • Address: Passeig de Colom, 8, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Super laid back
  • Website: Espit Chupitos

Dance Clubs

Shoko

Mediterranean Restaurant by day and hardcore nightclub at night. The atmosphere is very similar to any high-end nightclub in a big city. The type of music varies throughout the week but it is mostly hip-hop, reggaeton, and electronic.

  • Hours: Everyday 10am-5am
  • Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 36, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: No official dress code for tourists. Always go on the safe side and dress to impress.
  • Website: Shoko Barcelona

Opium

Another restaurant/club located at Port Olimpic. In general, it is a very similar atmosphere to Shoko. The music is usually electronic, reggaeton, and hip hop. It will depend on the specific party they have that night.

  • Hours: Sun-Thu 11:45am, Fri-Sat 11:45am – 6am
  • Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 34, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: No official dress code for tourists. Always go on the safe side and dress to impress.
  • Website: Opium Barcelona

Bling Bling

Big fancy nightclub as the two previously mentioned. However, this one is not located in the super touristy Port Olimpic area. This one will have more of a local vibe, which is a plus for some people. The music will be mainly Reggaeton. This is the best option if you want to get out of the mainstream Port Olimpic area but still want to have a good time. Bling Bling will not disappoint.

  • Hours: Thursday: 1:00 AM – 5:00 AM, Friday – Saturday: 1:00 AM – 6:00 AM
  • Address: Carrer de Tuset, 8, 08006 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Dress to impress
  • Website: Bling Bling Barcelona

Catwalk

The third club in this list that is in the Port area. This one is known for its R&B & Hip-Hop. However, they have a Latin party every Sunday that gets packed.

  • Hours:
    • Thursday: 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM
    • Friday – Saturday: 11:30 PM – 6:00 AM
    • Sunday: 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Address: Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 2-4, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: No official dress code for tourists. Always go on the safe side and dress to impress.
  • Website: Club Catwalk

Mojito Club

Awesome Latin club located in the Eixample district. The place is not that big, so it can get crowded easily. The DJ usually plays Latin rhythms: Reggaeton, Bachata, and Salsa. People really come here to dance and have a good time.

  • Hours
    • Sunday: 8:00 PM – 3:00 AM
    • Thursday: 11:00 PM – 4:30AM
    • Friday – Saturday: 11:30PM – 5:30AM
  • Address: Carrer del Rosselló, 217, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
  • Dress code: Comfortable clothes for dancing.
  • Website: Mojito Club

Final Thoughts

Barcelona is one of the most popular cities in the world. As soon as you get there, you will know why. It has a lot to offer; history, architecture, beaches, and its passion for “futbol”.

In addition, it has a top-notch nightlife offer. There is something for every taste in the capital of Catalunya. If you are a first-timer, this guide will give you great exposure to the nightlife in Barcelona.

As I said before, there’s a lot more than what is covered in this list. However, these are the most popular spots and the ones I recommend you start with.

Barcelona is always a good time.

If you are interested in learning more about other topics related to Barcelona, make sure to review our Barcelona Travel Guide and The Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona.

Have fun,

Hector

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