Barcelona is filled with lively flamenco shows and an abundance of delicious tapas restaurants to fill up your evening. Those who want to venture later into the night will be pleasantly surprised to find a myriad of trendy cocktail bars whipping up mouthwatering gin and tonics, while big name DJs spin popular music into the wee hours of the night. Barcelona is known to be a vibrant city that never sleeps, where locals take a siesta in the afternoon to gear up for a night of partying until sunrise.
Boasting an unrivalled nightlife scene that includes an extensive list of trendy cocktail bars, world-class clubs, and a variety of other entertainment options, partygoers are sure to find some legendary late-night revelry that appeals to all types of travellers. With this, it can prove to be a challenge in the search for the best spots to indulge in. With over 300 million visitors per year to HotelsCombined, we’ve done our research on Barcelona’s attractions and have created a sample 3-night itinerary where you get a taste of this party mecca at the best dining and nightlife venues Barcelona has to offer.
Start your evening by catching one of Barcelona’s famous sunsets at the breathtaking Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint on Turó de la Rovira, where you can set up a picnic and enjoy panoramic views of the city’s sparkling skyline. A feast for the eyes, the viewpoint, is accessed by the Metro, but the bus gets you the closest.
For dinner, try Barcelona’s most popular and authentic cuisine at Quimet I Quimet, the city’s most treasured and iconic tapas bar. Nestled in Poble Sec, it is a charming standing-room only restaurant where you can indulge on some of the tastiest seafood tapas in the city alongside the locals. If you still need more fuel for your epic night out, book a reservation at the Catalan restaurant La Llesca.
A 25-minute Metro ride away, the restaurant is located at the foot of the iconic Sagrada Familia where you can fill up on mouth-watering traditional cuisine at an authentic family-run restaurant where you’ll find a warm ambience and friendly service.
Barcelona at Night:
Get the night started by wandering through the bustling Gràcia district only a 10-minute stroll away and popping into Bloody Mary Cocktail Lounge where you’ll find chill vibes, unique cocktails, and a cheery atmosphere. Head next door for a more lively ambience at the Old Fashioned – Gin Tonic & Cocktail Bar to sip on one of Barcelona’s popular bespoke cocktails.
An intimate bar packed with revellers, you’ll find friendly bartenders whipping up delicious blends of garnishes and bitters in their extensive list of craft cocktails and variations of gin and tonic. Only 10 minutes from Plaza Catalunya and 5 minutes from the Marina Metro station, end your night at the world -famous Razzmatazz nightclub where you’re spoiled for choice in this huge venue.
Boasting five different club spaces that play an array of top music genres and host popular performers, both locals and tourists are known to dance the night away in this legendary hotspot.
Bunkers del Carmel
Perched high above the city on the hill of Turó de la Rovira, this area was originally built as anti-aircraft fortifications during the Spanish Civil War in 1938. Following the war, the bunkers were largely left abandoned until the 2000s when they received a renovation to appeal to travellers and are now considered the best spot in the city to get a panoramic bird’s eye view of Barcelona’s skyline.
El Poble-sec, or “Dry Town”, is a hidden gem in Barcelona’s nightlife scene. An excellent neighbourhood for exploration, El Poble-sec boasts a variety of authentic theatres, music bars, and cabaret clubs. Evolving into a popular hotspot, late night partygoers will enjoy the top restaurants and bars that offer everything from live music to beautiful locales. Quirky and enticing, the high-quality nightlife options in this area are not to be missed.
The first observatory of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona, Observatori Fabra is perched high at over 400 metres above sea level. Dating back to 1904, this southward facing historical gem offers visitors a chance to see stunning views of the city at night. Dine at the outdoor restaurant where you can have dinner with the stars, get a guided tour of the facility and see various planets through their awe-inspiring telescope.
Easily a top favourite for locals, Opium Barcelona is one of Barcelona’s most famous clubs situated in the swanky Port Olimpic Strip. An impressive resume of world-famous DJ’s and the likes of top performers, Opium is consistently filled with the most exclusive and best-dressed people in the city. An international crowd mixed with a glitzy atmosphere and a large dance floor, the party here doesn’t typically end until sunrise.
Consistently ranking in the top club destinations in Barcelona, Razzmatazz offers five different venues, including the Razz Club, Lo.Li.Ta, Pop Bar, The Loft, and Rex Room, all boasting a variety of live music from notable DJ’s. Every square inch of this club is packed with young partygoers dancing the night away, and on special nights big artists use this club as a concert venue.
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