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Barcelona Nightlife Guide: Clubs, Areas, and Tips

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You’ll probably agree with me that tourists don’t come to Barcelona to go to bed early.

They also don’t come to get ripped off, screwed around, or stuck on an empty dance floor.

Read my comprehensive Barcelona nightlife guide for the city’s best clubs, drinking areas, night out habits, online club ticket options, and even a discount card to save up to 80% on line up prices.

Let’s go!

Why Buy Barcelona Club Tickets Online

I don’t have to tell you how annoying it is to be ready to party yet be stuck outside in a line. Luckily in Barcelona there is a super-convenient way to buy your tickets in advance online for many of the club nights.

Why should you do this?

  • You get the best market price and can save up to 30%.
  • You’re guaranteed to get in.
  • You get to skip the lines VIP-style.
  • You can show your tickets on any smartphone.

If you’re just looking for a great night out I suggest you click the blue button below to go directly to my Barcelona club night calendar, select the dates you’re in town, and sift through the sick list of parties.

BARCELONA CLUB NIGHTS
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Got something more specific in mind? Have read below and you’ll find the majority of these Barcelona clubs and be bought in advance with an online discount using the blue buttons.

House Music

Pacha

Address: 38 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (L4) | Website

Surely you’ve heard the name Pacha at least once in your life – we’re talking about the famous Pacha from Ibiza. Though the Barcelona version is hardly comparable to the Balearic behemoth it’s on the right track.

By day Pacha is a chill out spot for cocktails and beach-side people watching and by night it welcomes a variety of respected local and international DJs. The location and Ibiza-style ambiance are tough to beat.

Dress code: smart.

Prices: €15-20 depending on the night.

PACHA
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Opium

Age: 21-30 | 34 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (L4) | Website

One of the best clubs in Barcelona for pure glamour – this beach club has a spectacular outdoor terrace and thanks to its massive popularity with tourists is the biggest meat market in Barcelona.

The sound system here is really something to be heard – perhaps that’s why Opium has hosted DJs like Avicii, Tiesto, and David Guetta.

Drink prices at Opium are above average at €15+ a cocktail – cushion the blow by getting to the Port Olimpic area around 1 am and finding some street promoters who can get you on a guest-list without cover.

Dress code: smart.

Prices: €15-20 depending on the night.

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Shoko

Address: 36 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (L4) | Website

This slick house club that mixes in hip hop, R&B and reggae is in another prime spot along the seafront – that’s packed with tourists. There’s a great VIP room and sometimes they hire their own dancers/performers.

Don’t expect to pay any less than €10 for a drink – look for promoters in the area who’ll get you on guestlist.

Dress code: smart casual.

Prices: €10-20 depending on the night.

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La Terrazzza

Address: Poble Espanyol | Metro: Espanya (L1 or L3) | Website

An open air club at the top of a mountain? OK!

This historic Barcelona club found in picturesque Poble Espanyol is frequented by tourists and locals alike. This is debatably the best summer club in the city. People rave about how the house and techno music create a great atmosphere and how it’s almost like nightlife in nature.

It’s easy to get advanced entry to the club finding promoters on the beach.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: €10-20 depending on the night.

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Sutton

Address: 13 Carrer Tuset | Metro: Diagonal (L3 or L5) | Website

Sutton claims to be the most fashionable of all the nightclubs in Barcelona and is considered by locals to be quite pija (posh). Private rooms and suites sponsored by Moet champagne and the legions of immaculate beauties and playboys support this.

Their 2013 refurbishment brought one of the best sound systems in the city – house music with a touch of R&B is the name of the game here.

Dress code: smart.

Prices: €15.

Electronic Music Clubs

Razzmatazz

Address: 122 Carrer Almogavers | Metro: Marina (L1) | Website

This warehouse style behemoth popular with locals is found in an industrial area of Poble Nou. It’s the best club in Barcelona for sheer size and variety – for this reason I’ve dedicated an entire article to it.

Here there are five rooms where you can also get indie rock, techno, pop, or disco music – a night at Razzmatazz is like a night in five clubs! The massive roof terrace and bathroom DJ are something to be seen.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: entrance with a stiff drink is €17 at the door or €12 + fees advance purchase online.

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Sala Apolo

Address: 113 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (L3) | Website

The second biggest of the top nightclubs in Barcelona is set in an old, stylish theater and packs a party punch. Though on weekends this two dance floor disco is primarily a techno, electro, and bass club it also hosts rock gigs and a variety of other themed nights.

This might be your best bet for weekday fun with the ever popular Nasty Mondays (rock, pop, indie, garage, electro rock) and Crappy Tuesdays (post punk, rock, indie, electro beats) pumping out tunes for a decidely young local crowd.

Dress code: they say dress codes are stupid.

Prices: entrance with drink is €18 at the door or €15 advance purchase online.

Moog

Address: 3 Carrer de l’Arc del Teatre | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

Moog is a tiny club with a big reputation so one might even call it the grenade of Barcelona nightlife: small but explosive! Lovers of underground electro and techno with an intimate vibe and a bit of an older crowd can find a home here – at a reasonable price.

The upstairs room surrounded by mirrors on the walls plays great alternative, indie, and retro pop songs which is a nice break from the pounding of the main room.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: usually €10 at the door but cheaper buying on their official site.

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elrow

Address: Autovia Castelldefels – C31 | Metro: n/a | Website

Born from the creators of the Monegros Festival (in the desert near Zaragoza), elrow is the stuff after-party legends are made of and is only for truly dedicated clubbers. First of all, it’s out by the airport in a place called Viladecans and you need a bus or taxi to get there.

The benefit of being by the airport? It goes super late – from 10 pm to 10 am. In fact they say elrow only truly shines at first sunlight. Try if you dare!

Dress code: casual.

Prices: depending on the night it’s €30 +.

City Hall

Address: 2-4 Rambla de Catalunya | Metro: Catalunya (L1 or L3) | Website

This cozy club built in one of Barcelona’s most historic theaters is a must for any fan of less commercial electronic music. Its super central location next to Placa Catalunya makes it a convenient option for tourists.

Thursdays are perhaps the best night with resident Italian DJ Luca Fabiani.

Dress code: smart casual.

Prices: €15-20 depending on the night.

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Commercial Music Clubs

Jamboree

Address: 17 Placa Reial | Metro: Liceu or Drassanes (L3) | Website

One of the most touristy clubs around so it’s a great place to meet new people. Before 12 you’ll find live jazz there but as the night goes on and crowds build it becomes a big mix of hip hop, Latin, and 80s and 90s rock music.

Impossible to miss off La Rambla in Barcelona nightlife hub Plaça Reial.

Dress code: casual.

Price: €10-15 but free before 2 flagging down a promoter in the vicinity.

Sidecar

Address: 7 Placa Reil | Metro: Liceu or Drassanes (L3) | Website

Another club in the middle of Placa Reil that that’s fed primarily by tourists and nearby hostels. Sidecar often has live rock music before the clubbing night begins – from then on it’s an eclectic mix of popular dance, indie, and rock and roll music.

Dress code: casual.

Price: €10-15 but free before 2 flagging down a promoter in the vicinity.

La Fira

Address: 171 Carrer de Provença | Metro: Hospital Clinic (L5) | Website

The name La Fira means The Fair and it’s easy to see why – this bizarre booze boutique was decorated using equipment from an old German funfair. You won’t know whether it’s one of their 150 spirits getting to your head or whether you’re looking into a vintage distorted mirror 😉

A mix of Anglo and Spanish/Latino pop gets people dancing in a giant gazebo and cages which becomes ever more entertaining after trips to the the shot bar.

Fair games, roundabouts, and fortune tellers make it one of the most unique night clubs in Barcelona.

Dress code: smart casual.

Prices: €10+ depending on the night.

Magic

Address: 40 Passeig Picasso | Metro: Barceloneta (L4) |  Website

One of the top clubs in Barcelona for rock music, hell it’s probably the only full on rock club in Barcelona – born in the 70’s, thrived in the 90’s, and according to their website living a second youth in the present day.

Here you’ll hit the dance floor to a mix of indie music and classic rock. It’s easy to meet people due to it’s unpretentious atmosphere and decent drink prices.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: around €10.

Plataforma

Address: 145 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (L3) | Website

Another tiny but fun little club that packs a punch.  The very basic decor is deceiving because it’s actually a great place to have fun. Weekends have a mix of commercial and Spanish music, while Thursdays have drum and bass.

As far as my Barcelona nightlife guide goes this is as ‘local’ as it gets – girls, a local has told me it’s the easiest place to get approached by guys so if you’re looking for a souvenir this might be the place.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: around €10.

Costa Breve

Address: 230 Carrer d’Aribau | Metro: Diagonal (L3 or L4) | Website

Another popular spot for classic and more recent commercial music frequented by locals – mostly university students. Grab a great cocktail at one of the three different bars and sit down on one of the many comfy couches.

This is also a great place for value as their Thursday night ‘university special’ has €2 drinks and €40 bottles.

Dress code: smart casual.

Prices: €10.

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Latin Music Clubs

Sala Bikini

Address: 547 Avinguda Diagonal | Metro: Maria Cristina (L3) |  Website

Barcelona’s oldest club served its first drink in 1953 and today is one of the biggest Latin clubs in the city.

Though Sala Bikini is famous for salsa, samba, and bachata their main room has one of the biggest dance floors in Barcelona and also mixes in more contemporary music.

Dress code: casual/alternative.

Prices: depending on the night you’ll pay about €10-20 (drink included).

Mojito Club

Address: 217 Carrer del Rossellò | Metro: Diagonal (L3 or L5) | Website

Another place with Latin music of all kinds from salsa to merengue to reggaeton. Mojito Club is small but chic and often offers live music, not to mention it’s one of the only nightclubs in Barcelona that offers free dance classes – which often give performances later in the evening!

A good place for open-minded people and good energy.

Dress code: smart casual.

Prices: €10-15.

Funk and Hip Hop Clubs

Marula Cafe

Address: Carrer dels Escudellers 49 | Metro: Drassanes (L3) | Website

If you ever wanted to be young in the 70’s and get down to some funk, foul, disco, and similar grooves you’ll fall in love with Marula immediately. I’m fond of this place because it reminds me a bit of going out in Soho at Madame Jojo’s in London (RIP).

This old school club is where people go to dance without the pretentiousness and fancy get-ups, yet at the same time there’s a certain throwback class that would separate it from other casual clubs.  The nights alternate between live music and DJs.

Dress code: casual.

Prices: €14.00.

Otto Zutz Club

Address: 15 Calle Lincoln | Metro: Fontana (L3) | Website

One of the best clubs in Barcelona for fun with no pretentiousness. This three floor club has been around for 30 years and is a real hit with young locals – go here if you’re up for hip hop, R&B, or funk tunes though upstairs usually has Spanish music.

Dress code: normal to smart and elegant. Athletic clothes are pushing it here so be careful. It gets packed so don’t wear long sleeves in the summer time!

Prices: free if you wander around outside and find a promoter.

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Dress Code

Barcelona is a pretty chill city so there’s no need to go totally crazy. That said, following these general rules will make sure you avoid issues getting into the city’s best clubs.

  • Don’t wear beach attire or sports clothing.
  • Dark shoes which aren’t trainers are recommended.
  • Check each individual club website before going to be sure.

Nightlife Areas

The majority of club seekers end up wandering around the Gothic Quarter: here you’ll find an endless amount of cool bars, pizza and kebab restaurants, and tourists out for a good time.

Two streets full of bars here are Carrer Ample and Carrer de la Mercè.

For a cheaper approach to pre-drinking you may want to head to the rough and ready Raval neighbourhood. Among its colourful streets you’ll find dive bars, hipster spots, and ethnic restaurants.

Walk along Carrer de Joaquín Costa for a good cross section.

Etiquette with Bouncers

First off even the best clubs in Barcelona have smug bouncers that’ll treat you like they’re doing you a favour. If you’re trying to get in to a club consider the following:

  • Not showing any signs of being drunk.
  • Being almost over-dressed for the place.
  • Being impossibly friendly, patient, and quiet while in line.
  • Not being too male or too guiri (American, British, Irish etc.).
  • Never drink in line.

Pickpockets

Be on your guard when you’re out. Barcelona has a large pickpocket problem that targets young, drunk tourists. People trying to sell you things or shake your hand or even hug you, especially on La Rambla, are up to no good.

Your best bet to avoid this is taking a taxi from right outside the club.

Drinking in Public

Contrary to popular belief drinking in public is illegal in Barcelona.

That said, police won’t bother you unless you’re drawing attention to yourselves. Feel free to buy one of the €1.00 street beers from the sellers – locals do this to save a ton on money clubbing in Barcelona.

Just make sure you wipe them as sometimes the cans have been hidden in ‘unsavory’ places.

Barcelona Nightlife Prices – Discount Card

The Barcelona Night Card gets you unlimited 2 night access to 30 of the best clubs in Barcelona for only €9.50.

Travellers looking for a party usually pick one up because:

  • It offers fast track entrance (no lines).
  • It’s a way to see a lot of Barcelona’s best clubs in a short time.
  • You get a super cool z-card with information on all the clubs.
  • There’s a convenient map with public transport directions for the clubs.
  • The pick-up is really easy in tourist central Plaza Catalunya.
  • There’s an option to upgrade to seven days for only €10.00 more.

With weekend covers ranging anywhere from €12.00-€20.00 getting this pass will save you money – if you’re out on two nights you could save up to 80%.

The Barcelona Night Card is on offer with a 5% online discount (€9.50 each) from the official Barcelona Tourism Office and can be reached by clicking the button below:

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Barcelona Night Card Rules and Restrictions

  • Nightcard entries are valid until 2 AM and do not include drinks
  • Not valid on New Year’s Eve or during the concerts of select DJs
  • Depending on club, entry may be permitted only for those older than 18 or 21
  • The card is non-transferable
  • Pick up the card at 17 Plaça Catalunya between 9:30 to 19:30 every day

The list of clubs: Aire, Arena Sala Classic, Arena Sala Madre, Bikini Barcelona, Blue Boite, Boulevard Culture Club, Catwalk, City Hall Dance Club Concept, Club Costa Breve, Hyde Club, La Terrazza, Les Enfants, Luz de Gas, Macarena Music Club, Mirablau Barcelona, Moog, Oak Club Barcelona, Opium Barcelona, Otto Zutz Club, Pacha Barcelona, Pacha Sitges, The Bunker, Sala B, Sala Tango, Slow Club, Small’s Barcelona, Soho the Club, Sutton Club, Shôko Restaurant Lounge Club and Up&Down/Lover Barcelona.

Please Harass me in the Comments

Prepped to jump head first into the Barcelona nightlife maelstrom? If you think I’ve missed something or wanna take a shot at me for suggesting something rotten let me have it in the comments below.

As always I’m here to answer any of your questions so fire away.

62 comments
  • May 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm
    D.W. Alexander bar
    Barca has one of the best night clubs in Europe. I was there two times and it was great!
  • April 16, 2017 at 8:21 am
    Quinton
    Hi there! What's normal clubbing attire for Barcelona? I know it depends on the specific club, but I have no baseline for what's considered casual. As I'll be backpacking, I probably won't have much more than jeans and sneakers. Collared shirt might be a stretch as well. Are there places where thats normal?
    • April 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Quinton, Thanks for writing. Barcelona club dress code is really dependent on the place you're going to - if you have a specific club let me know and I'll get the info for you. In general don't try and get in with flip flops and any beach attire. Scruffy running shoes are also a no-no. In general unless you're visibly drunk and giving them an excuse to over examine you and make up excuses to refuse you should be fine with basic jeans and a decent collared shirt or even a "stylish" t shirt. If you're looking to do my favourite clubs (where locals get down) like Apolo or Razzmatazz you should be fine with what you're describing. Down at the port (Opium, Catwak etc.) they're a bit more strict because it's all tourists... again, let me know what club you have in mind and I'll get more info. Have a great stay in Barcelona! Ash
  • May 11, 2017 at 12:28 am
    Sarah
    Hi Ash, me again, I was wondering what you would suggest as a good night for going out clubbing during the week? We can choose from Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday - are there any "dead" nights or would it be better to avoid crowds on Friday? We're looking for a relatively "touristy" night out i.e. somewhere that plays commercial dance and house music - any recommendations? Your advice would be much appreciated! Thank you, Sarah
    • May 11, 2017 at 10:22 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Sarah, Thanks for writing again:) Since we're getting to tourist season there are very few dead nights and if there are any it'd be Monday and Tuesday. For me a commercial club night out with techno/dance needs to be at the Port Olimpic at either Pacha or Shoko. Both of these clubs are right along the beach and always full of energy... check the listings to see what's on during the days you'll be around and go from there. Opium is a bit more posh and you'll spend more on average but you may want to take a look at that too. The good thing is all three are right beside each other on the beach - if you don't like the look of one or it looks dead (doubtful) you can just walk 10 meters to the next. Also! You should be able to cop free entry to any of them if you're willing to go before 1 or 2 am (depends on club policy)... if you wander around the two towers by the beach a bit earlier you'll find promoters - grab a flyer and you're set. I would also recommend eating a paella just up the road at nearby Xiringuito Escriba'... maybe start there around 10:30 for a typical late Spanish dinner with wine and then go for the flyers around 12:30. Let me know how you get on :) Ash
      • May 11, 2017 at 10:24 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Also, as for the day... if you're really really against crowds I'd say avoid Friday (especially if you're flying out Saturday afternoon) but usually around this time of year it gets pretty busy no matter what day you're out.
        • May 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm
          Sarah
          Hi Ash, Thanks again for your helpful advice! Great - we'll probably be going out on Wednesday night, and we liked the look of Shoko! And we'd definitely be fine to get there before 1am because where we live the clubs close at 1am so it'll be later than we're used to anyway haha! Thanks for the paella suggestion too, will definitely be checking that out! Best wishes, Sarah
          • May 14, 2017 at 11:02 pm
            ashley
            Team Member
            Ash
            Haha! Yes the rhythm of the night is certainly different here in Spain... should you get there around 1 AM and find an empty dance floor don't worry all that much... just be patient ;) Best of luck on your holiday! Ash
  • August 21, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Dev
    What happens if you want to go to a Latin club and your over 35. Do they throw you out. I'm half joking here. Having noticed that there is an age limit to the Latin clubs above Can you recommend any good Latin/salsa clubs for the over 35s
    • August 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Dev, First off just to clarify: you won't be kicked out for being "too old". The age ranges above that I've posted are simply the average crowd age that frequents these places. You'll be fine going to any of them! For a bit of an older crowd I'd recommend Mojito... I am 35 and didn't feel too out of place there ;) Ash
      • August 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm
        Dev
        Ahh thanks Ash, that put s a different spin on it. I will check out Mojito
        • August 24, 2017 at 7:31 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Great! Let me know how it goes
  • May 16, 2018 at 2:52 am
    ces
    There are tickets for the "Xceed guest list" for Opium that are free. While the basic ticket is 10 euros, it says includes a drink and no line. Do you know if the Xceed guest list is still the way to go? Will we have to wait in a line? I have a large group of girls so hoping we can figure out a good (free) set up with table and no line. Thanks!
    • May 16, 2018 at 10:56 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Catherine, Without knowing which night you're going I'm not sure I can comment fully... however the guest list and basic ticket both allow you to skip the line. The 10 euro one however does include a drink, and if you use it to get a cocktail will save each guest 2-3 euros each since normally cocktails run around 12 euro here. If you're going to have some drinks I'd suggest the ticket, if you're going just to hang out and dance I'd just get on the guest list so you don't have to pay! If you get in early enough with your tickets you'll be able to set up shop at a table... but don't go too early as it'll be dead! Ash
  • July 7, 2018 at 4:36 am
    Sherrelle
    Is there someplace for me to take my 16 year old daughter (with me, her mother)? She loves music (all kinds, but current hip-hop or old school R&B she really loves). Also, I know most clubs don't get started until 1am, but since we will only be in Barcelona for a few days and fighting Los Angeles jet lag, what is an "early" place for us to go?
    • July 7, 2018 at 10:43 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sherrelle, The legal drinking age in Spain is now 18 (used to be 16) however 16 year olds are allowed to buy alcohol in the presence of their parents (it sounds weird, yes). I am not quite sure if this would extend to entering a club with your parents but it is a possibility. They're not usually sticklers with IDs but if your daughter looks really young it's a possibility. Unfortunately I can't think of any early place to go :( but maybe around midnight you might get some activity in the summer time. Young people really like Razzmatazz and the Friday nights there have a good selection of Hip Hop and R&B. More info here: https://www.barcelonahacks.com/razzmatazz-barcelona/ Another option as mentioned above is Otto Zutz. Again though don't quote me on it that she'll be able to enter without any hassle :) Ash
      • July 7, 2018 at 4:54 pm
        Sherrelle
        Thanks Ash! I don’t want her to drink, just dance and listen to music. But yes, she looks younger than 16 so getting in could be a problem.
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