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.
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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Last Update, 2020: This content is always fresh. We added 9 more fun places!
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.
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
And nooooooow: Let’s get this party started!
(FYI: You can find the regular party Pub Crawl here.)
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?
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.
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:
– perhaps as you clink a glass of the bar’s signature absinthe?
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.
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.
7. Go Clubbing (all types of music)
8. Admire the Flamenco Show
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 that 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.
13. Drink with locals in Gracia
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 (find the address here) and join the masses of locals sitting on the floor with a couple of beers and the occasional guitar.
14. 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 also visit Casa Batllo during the day.
15. Indulge in a spot of wine tasting
Did you know that Barcelona’s 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.
16. Craft Beer Tour
More a beer type of person?
Discover the oldest and most traditional craft brewery in Barcelona and Spain.
Let yourself be guided by one of the most innovative brewers of Barcelona, and in the end, enjoy the craft beer tasting and tapas.
Find prices and schedules for the Craft Beer Tour here.
17. Enjoy the beach at 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 a party if that is your wish).
The most famous Beach on 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 of 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.
I wrote a guide on the best beach hotels in Barcelona. If the beach is on the top of your to-do list, then I recommend staying near the beach.
18. Cooking Class
Join a cooking class and cook up your own dinner.
Learn how to prepare tapas, paella and more exquisite Spanish food. All that will be rounded up with a handmade Sangria.
I joined this cooking class with Yves back in 2016.
It was fantastic!
You can find also more cooking classes here on this list of things to do in Barcelona.
19. 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.
Though the activities can generally only be done in the summer months, they’re offered by multiple venues (include Molokai and Surf House in years past).
20. 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.
21. Barcelona Open Night
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.
22. 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.
23. Gothic Quarter Night Tour
Join a guided tour for small groups led by architects and get to know all the details about Barrio Gótic by night.
Barrio Gótico is less crowded during night time. It allows you to get a different perspective of 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!
24. 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 for your partner.
More romantic ideas?
Check these 54 romantic Things to Do in Barcelona.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
And actually, the coolest Pub Crawl in town, the VIP Pub Crawl here, comes over here as well.
30. Order the city’s best martini
Though there are many excellent bars in Barcelona, few can rival Dry Martini, a bar that 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.
31. Fall under the Gothic Quarter’s night time 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.
Here is our guide to the best restaurants in Barcelona.
Extra: 32. Football Fever at Camp Nou
FC Barcelona’s official motto is “Més que un club”.
The translated meaning is “more than a club”.
See how seriously locals take their football 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.
You can also join a stadium tour. This, however, is only possible during the day.
Where to buy tickets for a match?
Visit the official Barca Fanshop at Placa Catalunya. This is where you can get the regular priced stadium tickets. You can buy as well tickets on the official fcbarcelona.com website.
Also, as many people asked me, I’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. Especially drunk tourists are a popular target.
The Las Ramblas is the “usual” place to take special care of your belongings.
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.
- Crossbody 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 our full guide to Nightlife in Barcelona.
There I collected tips and places to go so you can party all night long, Barcelona style.
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