I’ve rounded up a collection of my very favorite things to do in Barcelona at night. From secret speakeasy bars to stunning sunset views to experiencing some of the high points of the city’s culture, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city once the lights are out.
New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but Barcelona could give it a good run for its money!
A favorite city of travelers worldwide, this vibrant city offers great stuff to do around the clock. Even if you’ve had a long day of sightseeing, it’s worth getting out and about when the sun goes down to see a different side of the city that hides away all day before coming out at night to play.
Find all our insider articles in the big guide to One Week In Barcelona.
For partying all night long, check out our article about Nightlife in Barcelona.
And if it is the first time you visit Barcelona, I do recommend you to read:
Are you ready to discover the twilight side of Barcelona?
Then let’s get started! Because I’ve got 23 great ideas for what you can do in Barcelona at night.
Things to do in Barcelona at night
1. See a Magic Fountain (Show)
This beautiful ornamental fountain was built for the International Exhibition in 1929. Font Màgica hosts today a water and light show accompanied by music in the evenings. All year round you can enjoy the lovely show completely free of charge.
If you’re especially lucky, you can watch the wonderful “Piromusical” show with fireworks and lasers on top of the water, lights, and music during the La Mercè festival in late September.
Fun fact: the water it uses is recycled, so it’s Eco-friendly too!
2. Visit a Gaudí masterpiece
When you visit Barcelona, you’ve really got to see at least one of architect Antoni Gaudí’s out of this world buildings, like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Güell, or Casa Battló.
La Pedrera offers something a bit different – a nighttime visit to the structure and its undulating rooftop terrace.
There, you’ll watch an audiovisual show called “The Origins” that brings the building to life. You’ll even get a celebratory glass of cava to make the evening one to remember.
3. Gothic Quarter Night Tour
Join a guided tour for small groups led by architects and get to know all the details about Barri Gótic by night. Barri Gótico is less crowded during night time, and it allows you to get a different perspective from the city. The route covers:
- Santa Maria del Pi
- Santa Anna, a hidden medieval gem
- Barcelona Cathedral
- Jewish Quarter
- Sant Felip Neri, where time seems to have stood still,
- and the iconic plaça Reial
It must be booked in advance on the official Barcelona tourism board: Gothic Quarter Tour.
4. Sunset Boat Tours
A boat, a bunch of new friends, and a sunset on the shores of the Mediterranean – sounds great, right?
Stoke Travel organizes boat parties organizes champagne sunset boat parties and cruises with barbecues on board. A different way to enjoy Barcelona.
5. Drink up at the oldest cocktail bar in the city
You’ll find the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona, Boadas Cocktails, just steps away from the Ramblas behind a nondescript entrance. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a tourist trap; instead, you’ll find expertly crafted cocktails made for serious drinkers.
If you can, stop by on September 15th, when the gleaming wooden bar is filled up with flowers to celebrate the birthday of María Dolores (the bar’s founder Miguel Boadas’ daughter).
Not sure what to order? Their mixologists will find the perfect drink for you.
6. Sample absinthe at the legendary Bar Marsella
Decorated with age-stained mirrors, ancient bottles covered in cobwebs, and dusty chandeliers, walking through the doors of Bar Marsella may make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Founded in 1820, it’s said to be the city’s oldest bar, and everybody from Hemingway to Gaudí have enjoyed libations here over the centuries.
Consider yourself in good company as you say
– perhaps as you clink a glass of the bar’s signature absinthe?
7. Take in the views from a swanky rooftop bar
There are plenty of vantage points from which to enjoy sweeping views of Barcelona, but some of the very nicest belong to the city’s chic rooftop bars.
Many can be found behind the doors of the city’s most luxurious hotels, though you don’t have to be a guest to have a drink at the bar. Try:
8. See the sights lit up
Though the Sagrada Familia is awe-inspiring at any time of the day, it’s especially beautiful when it’s bathed in golden light in the evenings.
The same goes for many of the city’s most emblematic sights, which are beautifully illuminated in the evenings, such as:
- Torre Agbar and the area around Glòries. It offers an installation which reacts to the intensity of voices and the ambient sound that the city generates. You can visit it every night from 21:30 to 23.
- Gran Passeig de Gracia, the most known Barcelona Boulevard, is also worth seeing at nighttime.
The Bus Turístic has a nighttime route in the summer months, which covers all the main monuments of the city.
9. Have a drink with the locals
A favorite district for locals, bohemian Gràcia is home to a slew of charming bars and restaurants that make ideal places to rub elbow with locals.
Try Carrer Verdi or Carrer Torrijos for spots to eat and drink, or see if you can snag a coveted outdoor terrace table at one of the squares.
No luck finding a table? Head to the Plaça del Sol and join the masses of locals sitting on the floor with a couple of beers and the occasional guitar.
10. Experience a magical evening at Casa Battló
In the summer, Casa Batlló’s spectacular Dragon Roof Terrace hosts a series of concerts and performances beneath strings of twinkling lights. You can enjoy one of the performances on its own, or choose to visit the building before as well. In both cases, it’s a truly special way to celebrate Barcelona’s seemingly endless summer nights.
You can enjoy one of the performances on its own, or choose to visit the building before as well. In both cases, it’s a truly special way to celebrate Barcelona’s seemingly endless summer nights.
In both cases, it’s a truly special way to celebrate Barcelona’s seemingly endless summer nights.
11. Indulge in a spot of wine tasting
Did you know that Barcelona country is home to one of the top wine-producing regions in the world?
You can find some delicious wines that have been grown just a few miles from the city’s boundaries.
There are plenty of places where you can order a top-notch glass of wine at a reasonable price, though if you’re interested in learning more about the vino, you can stop by a place that’s entirely dedicated to it.
12. Enjoy the beach during night time
A walk along the beach is always great: fresh air, the sound of the waves… Barcelona has many beaches where you can just wander, (as well as party if that is your wish).
The most famous Beach is Barceloneta beach. There you will see masses of people sitting on the sand with a couple of beers, mojitos, and occasionally, a guitar.
In our guide to Nightlife Barcelona you will find a selection of clubs we recommend.
Nearby the area of Port Olímpic, you will see many people going in and out the clubs.
If you prefer a quieter beach, head to Bogatell beach. There, you can just have a drink on a strand bar, or simply enjoy the beach in a more relaxed vibe.
13. Go paddle boarding by moonlight
There are lots of ways you can get some exercise in the evenings in Barcelona, from running groups to rollerblading get together.
But few are as much fun as going paddle boarding in the waters of the Mediterranean after sundown to enjoy the sea by moonlight.
14. Have dinner under the stars
Few visitors to Barcelona venture up to the Fabra Observatory, located in the hills of the Collserola Park.
Not only is it housed in a Modernista building from the early 1900s, but it also has fantastic views of the entire city at its feet.
You have to book a visit in advance, and in the summer you can also join a Dinner under the stars, where you can dine on an upscale meal and see the stars through the observatory’s telescopes.
15. Get in with the cool crowd
Maybe you’re not going to be in Barcelona on the Night of the Museums. After all, it is only once a year. That’s OK – there are lots of great gallery exhibition openings year round!
If you go on the opening night, you can often not only get in for free, but you can also enjoy a special party or performance they’ve set up to celebrate the opening.
Check all the information about it searching Barcelona Open Night.
16. Wine up to the bunkers
For some of the best views in the city (if not the best views), head up to the bunkers (officially the MUHBA Turó de la Rovira, though everybody just calls them the bunkers).
The remains of an anti-aircraft battery provide the frame for expansive views of the Catalan capital, as well as a place that locals love to head to with their friends, a picnic, and a bottle of wine for an unforgettable way to watch the sunset.
It can also be a fantastic romantic surprise to your partner. For more ideas, we got a full article about romantic things to do in Barcelona.
17. Gallery hop during the Night of the Museums
Once a year, the city holds a night where the museums are open until the wee hours of the morning. Even better, they’re completely free to visit!
Locals and visitors alike are welcome, and lots of venues add a schedule of special activities to the evening, like music, performances, food tastings, and more.
Nearly 100 different museums participate, so it’s a great chance to get out and indulge in your cultural side.
You can check all the details in this event on the Official site for Barcelona.
18. Explore the trendy Born district
The Born district is a favorite with locals for boasting all the prettiness of the Gothic Quarter while still being filled with cool spots to hang out.
Tourist traps are fortunately few and far between here.
The Passeig del Born makes an excellent place to start your night, though the best rewards are found by simply wandering until you chance across something interesting – a near-certainty in this buzzing district.
19. Get tickets to a concert
No matter what type of music you like – classical, top 40, rock, indie, or even opera – there’s a venue in Barcelona that will have the sort you like.
There are concerts all year round by world-class artists, so why not see if you can get tickets while you’re in town? Check out:
All of them are great places to catch a show.
20. Slip into a speakeasy
Secret bars are few and far between in Barcelona, so newcomer Paradiso managed to make a big splash on the scene. However, unless you’re in the loop about this bar, it’s easy to walk right on by.
That’s because it’s hidden behind an old-fashioned fridge door in the Pastrami Bar restaurant (which really does serve pastrami sandwiches – and excellent ones at that).
Go one step further and see if you can figure out how to get into the secret bar inside this secret bar.
Even if you can’t, order one of the excellent cocktails and enjoy the super cool surroundings.
21. Watch the sunset from Mirablau
With a restaurant, a bar, and a club, there are plenty of things to do at Mirablau all night long.
With a privileged location on the Tibidabo hillside park, this venue offers panoramic views of the city.
For the complete experience, ride the old-fashioned Tramvia Blau tram up the hillside to get there.
22. Order the city’s best martini
Though there are many excellent bars in Barcelona, few can rival Dry Martini, a bar which has made over a million martinis.
Enjoy the elegant surroundings that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a James Bond movie, and order one of the bar’s signature drinks.
They’ve been recognized as the best bar in Europe, and have landed on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars for six years running.
23. Fall under the Gothic Quarter’s nighttime spell
The Gothic Quarter shines at its best when night falls. Gone are many of the tacky souvenir sellers, and instead you can appreciate the beauty of its magnificent buildings from centuries gone past.
Start with a drink in the bustling Plaça Reial, or perhaps a candlelit dinner at Alcoba Azul, before setting off for a night of exploring the sights and the nightlife.
Extra: Get a touch of fútbol fever at Camp Not
FC Barcelona’s official motto is “Més que un club”, which translates to “more than a club.”
See how seriously locals take their fútbol at one of the world’s largest stadiums, Camp Nou.
If you can’t get tickets to a match, head to your nearest bar and pull up a stool to enjoy the action alongside local fans.
Also, as many people asked me, we’ll get one question out of the night:
Is Barcelona safe at night?
This is a question on lots of travelers’ minds if they’re planning a trip to the city. Barcelona is definitely safe, though there are a lot of pickpockets.
You don’t have to worry about your physical safety (violent crime is rare), but many a visitor has had their wallet or cell phone disappear on a night out in Barcelona.
So, here are some tips for making sure you have a nice night out:
- Only take the essentials out with you
- Never leave your belongings unattended. That includes leaving a bag on a table or sitting at your feet; keep stuff on your lap instead.
- Cross body bags are a good idea, as is carrying your wallet in your front pocket rather than your back pocket.
- Keep an extra strong hold on your stuff near big tourist sights like the Ramblas, Port Olimpic, and the Sagrada Familia, as well as the metro.
- In general, stick to well-lit streets, use your common sense, and you should be fine.
Summary things to do in Barcelona at night
There are plenty of things to do in Barcelona at night apart from going to dance clubs. If you are interested in going into Clubs in Barcelona, check out Nightlife in Barcelona. There I collected tips and places to go so you can party all night long, Barcelona style.
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Now, let’s get ready and enjoy all the good stuff!