Nightlife in Barcelona: Tips, Dress Code and Where to Go

Nightlife in Barcelona: Tips, Dress Code and Where to Go (with Concerts and Map)

The nightlife in Barcelona is known worldwide, as well as the culture and the food.

Barcelona is a destination that blends culture and nightlife, sightseeing, and bar hopping, and generally has great vibes around the clock. If you’re looking for a complete Barcelona travel guide, you’re in the right place. Are you in?

You will after we reveal all the possibilities and things to do in Barcelona at night.

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This city on the shores of the Mediterranean has a well-deserved reputation for having some of the best nightlife in Europe.

There’s a little bit of something for everyone here, from grimy dive bars to glossy beachfront clubs (and just about everything in between, too).

It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that locals can often be found out until dawn on weekend nights, as well as the occasional Monday night.

So, what’s the best place in Barcelona for nightlife?

We’ve done the painstaking* research of hunting down the very best when it comes to the party scene in the city.

(*Side effect of big Barcelona nights out: a rather painful next day!)

We’ve also got some tips so you can party like a true local.

Important:  if you don’t want to go out or clubbing we also have an article with things to do at night in Barcelona.

Nightlife in Barcelona: Basic tips

Nightlife in Barcelona almost certainly gets started later than you’re used to!

Bars don’t get busy until around midnight on weekends and close around 3 a.m.

Clubs are almost never busy any time before the bars shut, and they’re open until 6 a.m.

That means you might want to have a nap before you head out for the evening!

For getting to and from your nightlife, there are a few different options:

  • the metro,
  • the bus and
  • the night bus, and
  • taxis.

The metro runs until midnight during the week, until 2 a.m. on Fridays, and all night on Saturdays. Taxis are generally inexpensive, so they’re also a good option.

Check the full information about how to get around Barcelona.

Apart from the late-night schedule, one thing you might be surprised about in Barcelona when it comes to nightlife is the amount of guys on the street offering you beer (and sometimes something more illegal).

It’s illegal, but they do roaring business anyway. Locals often sit outside in the squares and streets, and sometimes the beach, to enjoy a couple of beers with friends.

For couples looking to experience the nightlife in Barcelona, there’s a whole different side to explore. The city offers numerous romantic and exciting options for a memorable night out.

Whether it’s cozy rooftop bars with panoramic views, intimate live music venues, or elegant dance clubs, nightlife in Barcelona for couples presents an opportunity to create unforgettable moments together.

Entrance to Nightclubs – Guest List

What’s the dress code for Barcelona nightlife?

In general, Barcelona is a pretty laid-back city, both in terms of attitude and how people dress.

For lots of places, you don’t need to be super dressed up to get in.

That being said, save your shorts and flip-flops for the beach (as well as your soccer jerseys for the stadium).

To be on the safe side, wear dark shoes rather than white ones, and never wear running shoes. Apart from that, just about anything goes most of the time.

The exception to the low-key rule is the beachfront clubs and upscale venues like Sutton or Bling Bling.

There, you will be expected to wear stuff like collared shirts and dress shoes for guys, and chic dresses or club wear for girls. Lots of girls wear heels at these clubs, which is quite unusual for Barcelona.

To make sure you’re sticking to the dress code, particularly for Saturday clubbing, just do a quick search before you head out if you’re worried.

Is Barcelona safe at night?

In general, Barcelona is a safe city – although it is home to a lot of pickpockets. Drunken tourists make a very easy target for them. Pay attention to your stuff when you’re out at night.

Don’t leave your stuff unattended, only take out what you really need, and only use well-lit streets.

It’s generally common sense stuff, so there is no reason to be scared. Just be aware!

So, where are the best places for nightlife in Barcelona?

So glad you asked!

I’ve got a list of my favorite places that showcase the best nightlife in Barcelona.

Among these, we’ll also highlight what’s widely regarded as the best nightclub in Barcelona, so keep an eye out for our top pick. Get on your dancing shoes and get ready for a CRAZY night out, Barcelona style.

1. Mondays are Nasty – Sala Apolo

Sala Apolo hosts one of the best parties in the city – Nasty Mondays. Which, yes, is held on a Monday night!

Although Mondays are their best-known night, Sala Apolo is the place to go any day of the week if you like indie and electronic music, and there are often concerts held by artists in town.

Apolo actually started out as a theater, and you can still see touches of the former structure in the upstairs ballroom.

2. Razzmatazz, the biggest Club

Barcelona’s biggest – and possibly baddest – club, Razzmatazz is spread out over five rooms, each with a different musical theme.

It might take you a few visits to get your bearings in this maze-like club!

The whole club is open on weekend nights and holidays, though there are smaller parties in the structure during the week (particularly on Wednesdays, when international students love to go).

Because this has so many different types of music, it’s a great place to go for a group with lots of different tastes.

Good to know: Razzmatazz Barcelona is an urban legend. It is there since ever and big bands from all over the world performed here.

Here is one of my favorite concerts from Arctic Monkeys, back in 2007.

3. Champagne Sunset tour

Besides a Pub Crawl, this is another fantastic place to meet and greet other solo-travelers!

As the Champagne Sunset tour is during sunset, you will meet your new party friends and have freedom about what to do afterwards.

Get glammed up for an evening of champagne, cocktails and chilled beats.

Boat Rental in Barcelona


Convince your travel mates to go party like a true Barceloní (person from Barcelona).

How do locals party? Here you have the steps:

  1. Go to a restaurant to fill your stomach (here my favorite restaurants in Barcelona)
  2. Bar-Hoping (stay nearby the Club you want to join afterwards)
  3. Get in the Club
  4. Party until the club closes
  5. Breakfast the traditional: Chocolate con Churros

Enjoy chocolate con churros

4. City Hall (don’t get confused)

You couldn’t ask for a more central location in Barcelona than City Hall.

It is just some steps away from Plaça Catalunya; the very heart of the city. With different themed nights every day of the week, there’s always something going on at this buzzy club.

They often host themed parties too, like a glow party or flamenco dance performances, as well as hosting local and international DJs.

5. Pub Crawl

Traveling solo but don’t wanna experience the Barcelona nightlife alone?

The easiest way to meet other solo-fellow travelers to party with is to join a Pub Crawl.

What is a Pub Crawl? An expat or local who loves to party will take you around pubs and bars in the city with other pub-crawlers to drink, laugh and party.

Normally, the Pub Crawl final stop will be a Dance Club, where you and your new friends can dance until you are run out of energy.

So, you start with pubs and end in a club if you want to. Always fun!

Join a pub crawl here

Pub Crawl Barcelona

6. Hip-hop style – Otto Zutz

Just outside the Gràcia neighborhood, Otto Zutz is housed in what used to be a textile factory and is located near carrer Tuset.

Spread out over two stories plus a terrace, it’s inspired by industrial New York clubs.

They have lots of different styles of music playing in the different rooms, and it’s one of the few clubs in Barcelona that plays hip-hop music.

7. EPIC Party Boat

One of the best parts about Barcelona is that it’s right on the shores of the Mediterranean – so why not take advantage of that and enjoy a boat party in the city?

Stoke Travel organizes boat parties that have earned a legendary reputation, with a mix of great DJs, unbeatable views, and with a drink in your hand to boot.

Sunset boat tour in Barcelona

8. Gay Friendly Club – Club Arena

Gay and gay-friendly club Arena has certainly got a crowd-pleasing playlist of house and electronic music, dance hits, and current pop songs.

There’s also a nice dose of retro songs.

Their sister club Aire – Sala Diana is designed for the lesbian community and plays a combination of classic hits and Latin music.

No matter where you go, you’ll end up in a friendly and fun night out where everyone’s welcome (as long as you’re respectful, of course).

9. Get Funky – Marula

Located in the heart of the Gothic Quarter, Marula makes a great stop because of how central it is.

That would be enough to get people through its doors, but they also stand out for their great selection of music.

If you’re not into the electronic or house scene, this is a great place!

They often have jazz and soul inspired music with a funky touch. It’s one of the more laid-back Barcelona clubs, so if you’re looking for a relaxed night out, this is the place to go.

10. Concerts

Barcelona is known also for hosting many venues and concerts. Many of my European friends do come over the city with a main reason: to see their favorite artists.

Check out if there is any interesting concert during your stay and get tickets while you’re in town. You might get lucky and see a great band!

Some places to catch a show are:

11. Chic and exclusive Club – Sutton

Chic and exclusive, Sutton is definitely one of the fancier clubs in Barcelona.

If you love getting all dressed up and having glamorous nights out, then Sutton is right up your alley with its elegant dance floor and multiple VIP areas.

World-class DJs frequent their stage to treat club-goers to a night of fun for the well-dressed crowds.

12. Action-packed: Sidecar

If you like listening to rock music, then you’ll probably love Sidecar!

This small but action-packed club beneath Plaça Reial hosts a mix of rock and electronic concerts throughout the week.

It’s open every day, and there’s almost always a good crowd dancing along to the music here.

Don’t forget to check out the program of concerts on their website if you’ve got a particular style of music you’d like to listen to in mind.

13. Music Festivals

Not surprising, Barcelona offers the best Music festival scene in Spain.

Crowds from all over the world come to the city to attend Music festivals.

The most popular are:

  • Sonar: one of the biggest Electronic Music Festival in Spain
  • Cruilla: This festival is not only a music festival, they aim to promote social inclusion. They include immigrant associations and non-governmental entities in the festival attendants. You might hear hidden voices here.
  • Primavera sound: during 3 days you will be able to see great independent artists and bands in an unique space, Forum de Barcelona.

And for those who prefer a more intimate musical experience, don’t miss the live jazz performances at Harlem Jazz Club.

Bear in mind, most of the tickets of these festivals are sold out months before the Festival.

Also, the accommodation in Barcelona is quite busy during these days, so we totally recommend to book in advance.

Have a look at our guide to best places to stay in Barcelona.

14. Beach-front Clubs

What was built to host the sailing events for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona is now home to a slew of bars and clubs right on the beachfront.

You won’t find a better location for partying in the city, as you can watch the sun rise over the waves of the Mediterranean as you finish up your night (we did say that Barcelona nightlife goes late!).

There are a handful of good clubs here, including

If you’re looking for something different to do, stop by the Ice Bar, where everything right down to the glasses is made out of… ICE. Well, you will need an extra jacket here!

Note: They can lend you some warm clothes in case you need them.

15. Neighborhood festivals

During the summer months, there are many neighborhood festivals around the city.

During approximately one week, the neigbourhood will celebrate their community and host different events. Normally. Most of them, they do offer an open-air concert. And these are a great point to start your party!

The most known is Festes de Gràcia, with their colorful decorated streets. But there are many more.

Check all the neighborhood festivals here.

16. Flamenco Show

Fancy more culture? Join one of the many flamenco shows dotted around town. It is a big cultural package:

  • Flamenco,
  • live music and
  • tapas
Book your Flamenco experience here

Flamenco and Tapas

17. Open Air Club

The hillside park of Montjuïc is filled with gardens and museums – and also this open air club!

Their specialty is electronic music, and there’s no cooler place to enjoy the latest in all things electronic than under the stars at La Terrazza club.

Because it’s open air, it’s only open in the warmer months.

However, it more than makes up for it with a calendar jam-packed with top-notch artists, both local and international.

Barcelona Nightlife areas to stay

Here you have a map with all the pubs, bars, clubs and cocktail bars that we mentioned.

We added also hand-picked accommodations for nightlife lovers.

I would recommend you to stay in the following neighborhoods:

  • Gothic Quarter
  • Sant Antoni
  • Barceloneta
  • El Born

That way, you will be near many bars and clubs.

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona.


What is the best area to stay in Barcelona for nightlife?

The Gothic Quarter, Sant Antoni, Barceloneta, and El Born are highly recommended neighborhoods for nightlife lovers, offering proximity to numerous bars, clubs, and cocktail bars.

How do locals party in Barcelona?

Locals in Barcelona often start with a meal at a restaurant, followed by bar hopping near the club they plan to visit later. The night usually ends with partying at a club until close and then enjoying a traditional breakfast of Chocolate con Churros.

Is Barcelona safe at night?

Yes, Barcelona is generally safe, but it's known for pickpocketing. Be vigilant with your belongings, use well-lit streets, and avoid leaving items unattended.

What are the transport options for nightlife in Barcelona?

The metro runs until midnight on weekdays, until 2 a.m. on Fridays, and all night on Saturdays. Buses and night buses are also available, and taxis are a convenient and relatively inexpensive option.

What type of music can I expect in Barcelona's clubs?

Barcelona's clubs offer a diverse range of music from indie, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, soul, house, rock, and pop. There are also specific events for different music tastes.

Summary: EPIC Nightlife in Barcelona

Here you have it. By now, you should have some ideas for an epic night out. Get your friends and get into the best clubs in Barcelona.


  • Remember, there is a casual dress code – yet there is one!
  • Taxis are your best friends to get home at night!
  • There is all types of music, clubs, concerts. Pick your fav one!

Of course, do not forget to check the events when you know the dates, there might be a special theme party that you will love to attend.

For additional information, check out Barcelona things to do at night. I collected there many other ideas on how to spend a night in Barcelona.

I do love to share the information about my beloved city!

We got plenty of information on how to spend one week in Barcelona.

From where to stay in Barcelona for a first timer visit to 33 day trips you won’t expect.

Any questions, own ideas? Just leave a comment below.

Now, get out there, and Let’s party!

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