Written by Ash

Barcelona Nightlife Guide: Clubs, Areas, and Tips


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.

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 buttons.

House Music


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.

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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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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 Barcelona 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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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


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.


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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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


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.


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.


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.


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 at Barcelona Clubs

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.

Barcelona 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 Barcelona 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.


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 in Barcelona

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.

Looking for the Best Barcelona Nightlife?

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.

  • November 5, 2019 at 12:41 am
    Hey, I'll be in Barcelona in the coming weeks with a group of around 12 guys for a stag do. Will we have difficulties getting into clubs with the Barcelona Night Card as we're a big group? Are we better off getting tickets direct for clubs even if they're on the BNC list? Thanks! Rob
    • November 5, 2019 at 10:33 am
      Team Member
      Hi Rob, If you're planning a lot of clubbing and your target clubs are on the Night Card list then it's fine. Just make sure you're not being so loud and obnoxious... standard entrance etiquette applies! I would even stagger the entrances into groups of 4 or 6 just in case. You can also get them direct using the buttons above... if you're only doing one big night this would be preferable. Cheers, Ash
  • October 25, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    Hi Sir I will be in Barcelona next week or so, but in Poblenou. Do you have an recommendations of clubs that side. I do plan on going to Razzmatazz & Moog, is the Night bus safe and reliable ? Please help ? regards Karabo
    • October 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Karabo, Unfortunately there isn't much in Poblenou as far as clubs... you could walk over to the Port Olimpic (20-30 min) and there you will find some of the city's major clubs like Opium, Pacha, and Catwalk. These are great places to meet people especially travellers. Cheers, Ash
  • October 24, 2019 at 6:09 am
    hi, I am going to be studying abroad in Barcelona and obviously the clubbing is a big part of it for me, lol. I will be 20 while I am there. Will I be able to get into most clubs? Or is 21+ more common. Also, will bouncers expect me to show my passport, or will my state identification card be enough? Thanks :)
    • October 24, 2019 at 2:25 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Jo, Don't worry so much about the ID... a passport is not required but if you look young do be prepared to show a state ID or driver's license. Most of the main clubs listed above are 18+ unless otherwise stated. In short, don't worry and have a great time ;) Ash
  • August 17, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Hey, I will be in Barcelona the end of next week, unfortunately after the festival :( We are staying near the gothic quarters. Any advice on restaurants and lounges near by?
    • August 18, 2019 at 8:57 am
      Team Member
      Hi Noora, I would recommend checking out any of the bars in restaurants in my Gothic Quarter article. My favourite places are Tasca El Corral, Bar Oviso, Sports Bar, and Sensi... :) Ash
  • August 16, 2019 at 11:38 pm
    Hello there! I've been lost in your website for HOURS as I get ready for our trip to Barcelona next weekend. It's really one of the most thorough and user-friendly sites I've found so thanks for sharing everything you've learned. I'll be there with my 22-year-old daughter, and we've been known to enjoy a club with current and/or classic pop music. I'm comfortable with a young-ish crowd (have been out with her and her college friends before) but maybe not ALL young?? Any suggestions? We are staying at Hotel Almanac. Appreciate you! Leigh
    • August 17, 2019 at 11:13 am
      Team Member
      Hi Leigh, Thanks so much for your kind words!:) About the clubbing it’s a tough one since this is a very unique combination of guests shall we say... most of the popular crowds are catered to people in their twenties. I would try Moog, Jamboree, or Plataforma but don’t be mad if there’s a big crowd of young people ;) Cheers, Ash I would maybe check out
      • August 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm
        HA!! I don't mind the younger crowd.... as long as they don't mind an older lady hanging out with them! ;-) And if it's too much, we can always move on to the next place. Now i'm headed over the "beaches" tab to ask a question there.... Thanks again! Leigh
  • August 12, 2019 at 12:40 am
    Dee Dee
    Hi! What’s the best way to get back to our hotel if we’re out past the end time of the metro? I believe it stops running at midnight during the week, correct? Thanks! Dee Dee
    • August 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm
      Team Member
      And yes... last train departs at midnight during the week except Friday of course which is just after 1:00 am.
    • August 12, 2019 at 1:10 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Dee Dee, There are tons of night buses and also walking anywhere in the city centre won't be more than about 45 minutes. Where will you be going out and where is your hotel? Cheers, Ash
      • August 12, 2019 at 5:07 pm
        Dee Dee
        Thanks! We’re staying at Hotel Astoria. Do you have recommendations for any spots close to us? We enjoy live music, lounges, dancehall/reggae, RnB, alternative, hip hop, or even just a chill spot with good food snd drinks. We’re pretty open lol.
        • August 13, 2019 at 10:21 am
          Team Member
          Hi Dee, That's great since you're fairly central... you will be able to walk back as a last resort from a lot of places. You're near some very popular places like Bling Bling, Sutton, and Otto Zutz. For places with good food nearby I'd go for Bodega Joan or El Nacional :) Cheers, Ash
  • August 4, 2019 at 6:09 am
    Hi Ash! Thank you for all the information! I wanted to know if you know more on Shoko and Otto Zutz "free food & drinks" days. Supposedly today sunday Shoko has free dinner & drinks if you write your name on a goup. But is there a catch? Do you have to pay an entrance? Is so how much is it? Have you heard anything about it? Thank you!
    • August 4, 2019 at 11:32 am
      Team Member
      Hi Silvia, Especially in high season there are all sorts of crazy offers and deals... some which are legitimate and some which are people on the itnernet scamming! Can you give me a link to where you found this? I am not familiar with the promotion. Cheers, Ash
  • August 2, 2019 at 10:47 am
    Hi ash! We arrive on a Saturday and staying at occidental athena mar, where would you suggest for 25yr old females? We’re happy to travel but is there anywhere that we could go nearby for food, then drinks after and then somewhere we could go early morning for a dance! ☺️ We like the look of razzmatazz, opium and anything with outside vibes!Xx
  • July 21, 2019 at 10:13 pm
    Keletsi Lehlokoe
    Hey Ash, Thanks for putting all of this together. It's made what would've been a gargantuan and daunting process a lot more easy and fun. :) About the nightlife card, I've seen a lot of negative reviews online where people say that the card doesn't work as advertised or wasn't actually necessary because most Barcelona clubs are free until 02h00 anyway. Just wanted to get your thoughts on whether you think there's any merit to these reviews and seconfly, whether buying the card will actually add that much value? I'm travelling to Barca with 2 mates from 29/07 to 01/08 and we plan on going out on the Wed and Thurs of that week.
    • July 22, 2019 at 10:44 am
      Team Member
      Hi Keletsi, Thanks so much for your kind words, always appreciated :) Like most things there is a mixed review bag... I've had some people say the same as you saw, while I've also had friends who came and danced their asses off for a couple nights who said it was great value. The kicker here is that yes, some clubs are free before 1 or maybe even 2 (rare) but being Spain they're completely empty at that point haha. Ending up in a place for 'free' but then having to grab a €12.00 drink to watch an empty dance floor is in my mind inferior to having some cheap drinks on your own time and then coming when the club is full. Again though, it's up to you... if you're not going to be clubbing a lot maybe it's best just to pay one entrance. Cheers, Ash
  • July 15, 2019 at 4:52 pm
    Hey Ash All the clubs appear to have an entry fee/festival vibe. My friend and I are just looking for somewhere that has drinks and maybe a small dance floor with commercial music. Know of any? Thanks Lilly
    • July 16, 2019 at 10:56 am
      Team Member
      Hola Lilly, When I think of commercial music and no cover I think about the George Payne and the Manchester Bar (the one in the Gothic Quarter)... or for a sure thing it would be Plataforma in the Poble Sec area, though expect to pay a small cover. Ash
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