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).
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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