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

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.


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.

  • 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
  • April 4, 2019 at 7:17 pm
    Hi Ash, Loving the blog - some very useful info. One of my good mates and over 15 of his friends are going on a stag in May. We will be staying near the Arc de Triomf. Most of the group will want clubs that play RnB and Hip Hop. I like that music also, but would prefer to hit up some clubs that are focus on Reggaeton but also play Hip Hop / RnB etc. We are there for a long weekend. What would be your top 5 nightclubs for what I described above?
    • April 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm
      Team Member
      Hi John, Thanks for the kind words :) I've never been much of a clubber so don't take my word for it haha... but based on my friends who love this kind of music and my knowledge of what tourists are looking for I would say start with Shoko, Jamboree, or Otto Zutz. If you're looking for something a bit more chill and less pretentious/young then Marula is a great choice but you'd have to check the calendar to ensure it's a hip hop night. Ash
      • April 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm
        Thanks for your comments. Very appreciated. Otto Zutz is a club I have to hear about quite a bit in fact. I will look out for the other two also.
  • April 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm
    Hi Ash I'm taking my friend away to Barcelona at the end of the month for her hen do - your blog has been very handy for planning, thank-you :) Have you any suggestions on what we can do on a Monday night / afternoon? We'll probably shop/sight-see in the day but need something to do in the evening and I'm scared everything will be closed! I'm grateful for anything you can put on the table for us! Thanks, Kim
    • April 4, 2019 at 8:45 am
      Team Member
      Hi Kim, Thanks for the kind words :) It won't be a holiday Monday so I wouldn't worry about anything being closed... sure, some restaurants will be closed on Monday but most of the bars etc will be open. The biggest night on Mondays is Nasty Mondays at Apolo: Other safe bets would be the beachside clubs which are nearly always active and these would be Opium and Pacha :) Ash
  • March 8, 2019 at 8:40 am
    Pub Crawl Barcelona
    Barcelona Nightlife is really Good Thanks for sharing this informative blog with us !!
    • March 8, 2019 at 12:20 pm
      Team Member
      You're welcome :)
  • February 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm
    Hi there. I am curious as for a single female going to a club in Barcelona, how dangerous could it be? Are there cases of aggression or roofie's, etc?
    • March 1, 2019 at 10:29 am
      Team Member
      Hi Janelle, I haven't heard any horror stories in 8 years of being here aside from people getting their bags stolen... obviously I would urge caution but there's no need to go into a night being overly worried about these kind of things. If you're still worried your best bet would actually be to attend one of the international Meetups... sometimes they're just drinks at a bar (with plans for a club after) or straight up club nights. That way you can show up with a group of new friends and not have to worry. You could also download the Couchsurfing app and via their hangouts function set up a request to fellow travellers to join... it works! If you're looking to minimize the danger I would also stay away from the beachside tourist clubs (Opium, Pacha etc.) because that's usually where people get targeted... not so much for roofies etc but just to get ripped off. Hope this helps, Ash
  • February 4, 2019 at 4:39 pm
    Is it possible to get into clubs if you're a 17 year old girl? :)
    • February 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Lauke, Since there's a minimum fine of €30,000 euros for serving minors not to mention all sorts of other issues you'll see most clubs (definitely the top ones listed above) asking for ID. I'd imagine you'd find yourself in many situations similar to being at home, wherever that may be :) Ash
  • November 7, 2018 at 2:02 am
    Any suggestions for in the week? Tuesday or Wednesday in November. Looking more for a laid-back setting, but not really a bar. 30ish crowd. Maybe close to Gracia where I will be staying.
    • November 7, 2018 at 11:53 am
      Team Member
      Hi Camille, Hmmm it would be easy but then you said "but not really a bar" ;) I'm not sure what you're looking for exactly but one thing that comes to mind is the restaurant-bar Guzzo. I would also say that Paradiso, being half cocktail bar and half a pastrami sandwich joint also blurs the lines. In Gracia I'd recommend Châtelet or for less of a bar vibe I would head to Plaça del Sol (one of the biggest squares) and go to any of the cafes or bars there... my favourite is Sol Soler. Ash
  • October 9, 2018 at 11:57 pm
    Hi I am coming to Barcelona in November for 3 day friday to monday what good clubs are there. 3 of us have turned 40. we like hip hop r n b etc not too touristy would also be good. is it worth going to Opium??? what about W? can you recommend other things to do as well???
    • October 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm
      Team Member
      Hi Moby, For the 30's and 40's crowd I would stay away from the major places like Razzmatazz and Apolo because the crowds there are super young. I would only go if there was a DJ you really liked or are just obsessed with electro music. I would go to a place like Marula which has a good mix of the music you're looking for and is a bit classier, for older people but also mixing in some young crowds. If you're gonna go to one of the touristy beachside clubs then Shoko or Opium are good choices... yes, it's super touristy but if you want to meet people this is the place to go! For the W I've heard that in general it's got a great view but the best is a bit of a rip off... if you're interested in a good place to Instagram from and treat yourself, sure... but for a good night out I would recommend against. For other things to do I suggest checking out my list of top things in Barcelona. Cheers! Ash
      • October 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm
        Hi Ash Thanks for the advise. Where is the best place to get football tickets to see Barcelona play? Can you go up to the ticket office and purchase tickets or is it better to get them before hand? Any good restaurants and bars as well we are staying just off Las Rambles thanks again Moby
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