Barcelona isn't only the Sagrada Familia, the Guell Park or Arc de Triomf. In a city where Pacha is a temple, the Sonar festival a holy week, and in which DJs are prophets, the nightlivers wander from one barrio to the next to enjoy one of the craziest nightlife in the world.
My name is Genaro, I wrote this article in order to guide you and reveal the secrets and tips for you to enjoy Barcelona's nightlife to the fullest. I will give you all the info you need for you to be able to decide which party best suits your preferences, which nightclubs to visit, and, most importantly, will warn you about the scams and bad nights.
How do I know about Barcelona nightlife and who am I to tell you how it works? Even though I'm not Spanish (I'm from Argentina and lived in France for a few years), I have been living in Barcelona for a long time and I work for the nightclubs that you will probably visit. I have been partying 300 hundreds days a year for many years and we can definitely say I live more during the night than during the day!
My first time in the Catalan capital was during holidays. When I left, I was impressed by the city, but quite disappointed with nightlife. I had heard it was unique, and frankly, my experiences were mediocre. Today, I can assure you the nightlivers own Barcelona, and that there aren't so many cities in the world that can offer you a nightlife so varied, intense and dynamic. The problem? Most of the tourists don't gather information before leaving their hotel or they go out a bit randomly and meet unscrupulous promoters leading them to "ok" nights.
You prefer to go out super well dressed, in the fanciest nightclubs of the city? Or do you prefer a more "underground" atmosphere where people don't get too worried about dress codes? Would you like to dance on the most successful commercial hits or do you prefer more sensual vibes, like those of Latino music and Hip/Hop? Here is all the information you need to find the perfect nightclub and never party in a club whose atmosphere you don't like.
How could I forget my first time at Pacha. As soon as I got in - I was like in a dream. Red lights, DJ's playing the hottest house hits, beautiful girls, very well dressed everywhere, and people from all over the world.. I really had a great time and I can assure you it's a must-go for all the party-goers.
You will find the two famous cherries in all the world's trendiest cities and Barcelona is no exception. The most famous nightclub of Catalonia is waiting for you with a terrace at the beach, facing the Mediterranean Sea. Hot nights, music and atmosphere changing every day of the week in a last-generation venue guarantee you a crazy time at the party hour in the Catalonian Capital.
Did you know most locals never pay entrance? Check out how to party for free at Pacha here!
Guys in shirts, pants and dress shoes. Ladies, stunning and elegants with dresses and high heels (believe me guys, they will drive you crazy). Opium is without a doubt the chicest and classiest nightclub in Barcelona.
Always crowded, this Nightclub offers the biggest dance floor in Vila Olimpica and is an instution of House music. To miss under no circumstances. Thanks to its reputation, Opium attracts every Summer the most famous DJ's like Ingrosso, Armin Van Buuren, etc.
Even though bouncers are less demanding in Barcelona than in France, there are still a few little rules you need to follow in order not to get rejected at the door. Dressing according to the nightclub's dress code, having a decent behaviour in the queue and remembering to bring ID are the most important points to party without problems.. In this chapter, you will find all the information you need to be sure to get in the club.
Did you know there is a way to get in almost any nightclubs in Barcelona? All locals know it of course, but most tourists ignore there is a city-wide guest list system to enter nightclubs for free before a certain time. Sign Up on any available guest list with NightsApp, and you will not pay entrance. In some cases, we will even get you in by a special entrance so you don't have to queue.
Giant of the Barcelona night, the Razz is the "underground" alternative to the Vila Olimpica nightclubs. Its five dance floors offer clubbers very different atmosheres, ranging from Rock to Electro to famous concerts and live music.
7. The best electronic nightclubs in Barcelona.
There are four main nightclubs which can be classified as "underground" in Barcelona: MOOG, Terrazza, Apolo and Razzmatazz. Moreover the beach nightclubs all often host undeground parties, and often welcome very famous DJs. Opium and Pacha are always a good option, you just need to know when to go.
Chapter 7 will be published soon
8. Where to dance on Latin music in Barcelone? Reggaeton, Salsa and Bachata
Bars and Latino clubs are a good alternative for when you are tired of the usual parties, or when you would like to dance on something else than house, electro or Hip Hop. There are many alternatives and we selected the best for you.
Chapter 8 will be published soon
9. The best music bars in Barcelona
Music bars are a very good option for those who want a trendy night but prefer the charm and intimity of a small bar to the sheer size of Barcelona nightclubs.
Chapter 9 will be published soon
10. The best "special" bars in Barcelona
Here is a small list of unique places in town, places that become part of your daily life. It's not a list of the chicest and trendiest bars in town, but a list of these unique places that have a special atmosphere and make you feel at home.
Chapter 10 will be published soon
11. Concerts in Barcelona: The best bars with Live Music.
Barcelona is one of the towns which promote art and music in the world the most. You will find artists everywhere: in the street, in metro, but also in bars! In the catalan capital, there is always a way to enjoy life, with live music while you drink a pint of beet and eat some tapas!
Chapter 11 will be published soon