Barcelona Nightlife 101

Ubiquitous and hardcore, though there are plenty of bars and pubs for those less likely to make it to dawn.

The Barri Gòtic’s dark corners and confusing lattice of streets hide many quirky and colorful bars that you’re not likely to come across unless you know they’re there—even then, your chances of finding them aren’t great. El Born’s nightlife involves hopping from bar to bar, past medieval churches and Baroque palaces, in what is sure to be one of the most beautiful nights out you’ve ever experienced. Given the outrageously lewd (and often illicit) nature of El Raval during daylight hours, it’s no surprise that this barri gets wild at night. L’Eixample is known colloquially as “Gaixample,” and this is why: a majority of the nightlife spots in this neighborhood are geared toward the GLBT community. Barceloneta’s clubs are on the beach, and that’s about all you need to know. Gràcia’s strong neighborhood vibe and effectively pedestrian-only streets make it a natural hotbed of nightlife and bar culture. The nightlife of Poble Sec is of high quality but limited quantity, and it’s often hard to find unless you know to go down empty streets and into barely marked doorways. Some of the nightclubs are a little more obvious, and the few to be found here are among the city’s most popular. Tibidabo isn’t really a neighborhood but a mountain, and a mountain that houses some fine clubs at that. You’ll probably have to take a cab, but it will be worth it.

Barcelona Nightlife was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by Will Holub-Moorman