Things to do in Barcelona at night

23 Things To Do in Barcelona at Night (Beach, Party and Sunset Cruise)

Party, beach dances, sunset cruises or the most epic nightlife ever? 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.

For partying all night long, check out our article about Nightlife in Barcelona.

Things to do in Barcelona at night

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.

I love to say, Barcelona has two different faces: Night and day time.

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Here are the +23 Things to do in Barcelona at NIGHT

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.

1. See a Magic Fountain (free 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.

You can also join a tour for as little as 9€.

The tour includes transport from Placa Catalunya and brings you around the city prior to the show.

You can book a Magic Fountain Tour here.

Yet again, the actual magic fountain show is free. The tour is great to get a tour around the city beforehand.

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.

We love this show!

Fun fact: the water the shows uses is re-used.

See the famous magic fountain show in Barcelona

2. Pub Crawl VIP Tour (for the party animal)

It is party time. The nightlife here is epic and the easiest way to find new friends is by joining a cool Pub Crawl.

The coolest Pub Crawl in town is this, the VIP Pub Crawl.

The tour covers

  • You can get VIP treatment with skip-the-line access to one of the most famous clubs!
  • Dance with the locals in an elegant beach club
  • Gorgeous panoramic view from a cool bar – including a glass of cava in your hand
  • Drinks are included
Book your epic Pub Crawl here

And nooooooow: Let’s get this party started!

(FYI: You can find the regular party Pub Crawl here)

Book a VIP pub crawl tour and experience the best nightlife in Barcelona

3. Sunset Boat Tours (for the summer season)

Besides a Pub Crawl, this is another fantastic thing to do at night. Perfect to meet and greet other solo-travelers!

A boat, a bunch of new friends, and a  sunset on the shores of the Mediterranean – sounds great, right?

Watch the sun set and party with new friends at a boat party

Stoke Travel organizes boat parties, champagne sunset boat parties and cruises with barbecues on board. A different way to enjoy Barcelona. This is more for the Party-oriented traveler.

You can also find prices and more info here.

For families and couples and the tranquil ones, here is a chill-out sunset cruise.

Prices start at 45€.

4. Drink up at the oldest cocktail bar in the city

Walk in the oldest cocktail bar in Barcelona, Boadas Cocktails.

It is just a few 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.

Find the perfect drink that matches you at Boadas Cocktails
Photo from Boadas Cocktails Facebook page

5. 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 has enjoyed libations here over the centuries.

Consider yourself in good company as you say:

“Salut!”

– perhaps as you clink a glass of the bar’s signature absinthe?

Step back in time and have a drink at Bar Marsella
Photo from Bar Marsella Facebook page

6. 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.

New York may be known as the city that never sleeps, but Barcelona could give it a good run for its money!

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.

We recommend:

  • La Isabela (Hotel 1898)
  • Sky Bar (Grand Hotel Central), or
  • 360 (Barceló Raval)

You can also sleep at these magnificent hotels. Enjoy the rooftop terrace and views all day long.

Read: full guide to WHERE to stay in Barcelona (+neighborhood map)

I recommend staying at the gorgeous Casa Bonay. It comes with this rooftop terrace and exceptional design and vibe.

Casa Bonay is for the absolute luxury traveler!

Find here a complete guide to the best boutique hotels in Barcelona.

Book Casa Bonay here

7. Go Clubbing (all types of music)

There is many different cool clubs in Barcelona. Find a big list of all clubs and discos in Barcelona here.

Barcelona Life lists mammoth Sala Razzmatazz as one of the best clubs in town.

Other popular clubs are:

  • Sala Becool
  • Otto Zutz
  • Poble Espanyol – La Terrrazza
  •  Sutton Club

Guest List Access for Clubs in Barcelona

8. Admire the Flamenco Show

FLAMENCO!!

Immerse yourself in the sensuous rhythms of Spanish flamenco at a 1-hour show at Barcelona’s Palacio del Flamenco.

The flamenco show covers 3 unique performances, presented by an enthusiastic cast of flamenco dancers, singers, and musicians.

Book your Flamenco Show here

Immerse yourself in the sensuous rhythms of Spanish flamenco

9. VIP Private Club Tour Barcelona by Limousine

Pack your 7 best girls or buddies and GOOOOOOO!!

Experience the fabulous nightlife of Barcelona in a spectacular and VIP way. You and your friends will be transported around the city in a limousine while you enjoy free drinks.

Then you’ll enjoy VIP guest list entry to one of Barcelona’s best clubs

Jump in the limousine here

Tour the city on a limousine and enjoy free drinks during the tour

10. Medieval Show with Dinner

Enjoy a 4-course dinner with a glass of champagne in Requesens Palace!

The dinner and show take 3.50-hours.

It also includes a visit to one of the largest Medieval Palace in Europe and an amazing medieval show.

Book Medieval Show here

Enjoy a 4-course dinner with a glass of champagne in Requesens Palace

11. Tapas and Wine Walking Tour

Get on a 3-hour tapas and wine walking tour.

Explore the culinary scene right in the old town.

The tour covers the history of Barcelona, Catalonia, and Spain as well as, well, FOOD!!

It’s a great tour for foodies and couples of every age.

I would not recommend this tour for a party traveler. You can find the regular party Pub Crawl here.

Book your Tapas Night here

Join a tapas and wine tour and explore Barcelona's food scene

12. 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.

See the iconic Sagrada Familia light up during the night