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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.

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

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.

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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.

OPIUM
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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.

SHOKO
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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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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.

MOOG
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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.

COSTA BREVE
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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.

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 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.

82 comments
  • 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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      You're welcome :)
  • February 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm
    Janelle
    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
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    Lauke
    Is it possible to get into clubs if you're a 17 year old girl? :)
    • February 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      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
    CAMILLE
    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
      ashley
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      Ash
      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
    moby
    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
      ashley
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      Ash
      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
        moby
        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
  • September 27, 2018 at 9:50 pm
    Mash
    Hello, your blog is outstanding! Looking for your advice. I’m going to celebrate my 40(omg) in Barcelona from this Sunday to Friday and I’m looking for nice night club ( electronic music). Not so touristish with a nice free vibes. I’m not looking 40 and also don’t feel( 90’s clubber) . What about smth really cool , underground? is there any night club for people 30+ that still feel really young? You probably know what I mean :) thanks
    • September 28, 2018 at 12:21 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Mash, As a 36 year old I get what you're saying here ;) My first instinct is to suggest you go to Moog because it's small and got a cool underground vibe, no pretentiousness etc... plus they've got a good variety of electro music. Also, even though it's massive and filled with young people (but also some "oldies" like us :P) Razzmatazz does have an underground vibe since it's in a big warehouse. It also gives you the options of 5 rooms so that variety is good. The only other thing that came to mind was Marula, which has a really cool kind of speak easy vibe and totally unpretentious, plus it's got all age groups but a young feel. The problem here is they don't play much electro music... you can see their schedule here. Anyway, three choices here! Can't go wrong with any of them really ;) Ash
      • September 29, 2018 at 10:54 am
        Mash
        Thank you! I’ ll check it
  • September 17, 2018 at 4:09 pm
    Pearl
    we are group of 12, 60-75 year old's looking for nightlife for Friday 05.10.18, Saturday 06.10.18 & Sunday 07.10.18, do you have any ideas? What would be the best club's to try? and could you recommend some good restaurants? Many thanks Pearl
    • September 18, 2018 at 9:02 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Pearl, For restaurants I couldn't have worded it any better than in my post about the best restaurants in Barcelona. If you're looking for something more specific and tailored please let me know. As for clubs I haven't done much research on this specific subject since it's not a common question, so I would yield to other experts... taking a look at this article and right-clicking to translate the page should be a good start. At any rate selecting any of these I'm sure you'll be in fine shape ;) 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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