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.
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, 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 you some of my favorite places. 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.
Convince your travel mates to go party like a true Barceloní (person from Barcelona).