You know what? We don't sleep over here! In Barcelona, there is something in the air that makes people go out more often than in other places. I wouldn't be able to tell you if it's the atmosphere, the meditteranean climate, the hords of Erasmus students or the young and energetic tourists. Or maybe we're just a bunch of crazy people, united quite randomly in this amazing town. But there is one thing I know for sure: during the night in Barcelona, no matter if we need to work the next morning, if we need to go to the university, if it's cold or Monday, in Barcelona, we party all the time.
The local party crowd is very picky and the city had to adapt to the various and demanding tastes of travelers in terms of party. That's why local ight clubs and festivals cater for all kind of crowds. You just need to know how to orient yourself (that's why we wrote this nightlife guide).
The Vila Olimpica night clubs: Opium Mar, Pacha, Carpe Diem Lounge Club (CDLC) and Catwalk
The most famous and renowned night clubs are probably the ones @ Vila Olimpica, located between Barcelona and the beach of Bogatell. Their immense terraces on the beach front make them a must-visit for all those who want to party in Barcelona in a paradisiac setting.
Less appreciated by some locals which tend to qualify them of "touristy and commercials", these night clubs, undeniably, are primarily catering to the demands of the international crowd visiting Barcelona every season, and to the taste of the most affluent and trendy locals. Some nights are extremely selective and this can be felt in the atmosphere that these night clubs offer.
On the other side, during the Summer season, they are packed all the time, even during the week, feat that many clubs in the world envy. Moreover, they manage to bring in DJs with a world-wide reputation, so don't be surprised if you hear "Ingrosso", "Snake", "Nervo", "Armin Van Buuren" and many others name dropped by the crowd.
When you arrive from Passeig Maritim, the first night club you will see is Carpe Diem, one of the most selective in the beach front about the Dress Code (we will give you more details in Chapter 5). The musical programmation is very diverse: Even though House plays a dominant role, Hip Hop and RnB are played certain nights of the week. Even though it's open to clubbers 18+, Carpe Diem - CDLC, unlike its neighbours, mostly welcomes a 25+, exclusive crowd, and this is the night club we would recommend if you prefer to party with people who have been doing it for years already. How should you dress? If you want to play it safe (we recommend it), stay with the classics: Shirt, Jeans or Trousers, and laced shoes (preferably leather) for guys, Heels and nice dress for girls.
The second nightclub you will find when you arrive from Port Olimpic is Opium Mar - it's also very stric in terms of Dress Code (if you wear shorts and T-Shirt, no need to come even remotely close, the bouncer will show you the way out). Temple of house music and RnB, everyone knows Opium in Barcelona. Attracting the best DJs in town month after month, it's one of the most modern night clubs and it delights visitors every day, whether they are tourists on the lookout for a chic atmosphere, or trendy locals.
The red lights a bit farther and the sophisticated Feng-Shui atmosphere indicate you're walking past Shoko, a nightclub with a more relaxed atmosphere, less picky on the dress code.
The two infamous cherries right after -you might have seen them in Moscow, New York or Ibiza already- right after will let you know you're arriving at Pacha, undoubtedly the most famous nightclub of the catalan capital. Hip-Hop, Latino music, remixed Hits and RnB.. You can listen to all the genres you like - you just need to go which day of the week (see our schedule for that). The crowd is young and cosmopolitan. It's without hesitation a "must go" in Barcelona.
Finally, at the end of the beach front, you will find Catwalk, which just reopened last year, and which concludes the row of nightclubs in the area. It's a perfect alternative to the fancy Pacha dn Opium, very appreciated by the locals, a bit cheaper, and featuring two dance floors on which you can dance on House music, HipHop, and Latino tunes. In all these nightclubs, NightsApp negociated a guest list for its users. It's therefore possible to get in for free with Lista Tiesto, for girls and boys alike, excepted during special nights where very famous DJs are spinning, and during which guest list access is extremely limited.
The small nightclubs of Moll de Mestral.
Facing the casino that you'll encounter going away from the beach, and leaving Catwalk on your right, there is a small flight of stairs, a bit hidden, and which leads to Moll de Mestral where you'll find nightclubs which are noticeably smaller, and which play very good latino music. Beware, it's not rare to see street fights in the area.
Let's be honest, it's one of the dodgiest areas of Barcelona. Don't be surprised if you see a few punches thrown away from time to time. In this narrow passageway, you will find numerous small salsa and reggaeton dance clubs, as well as very affordable shisha bars. The positive side? The clubs are less expensive, and cover will always be free. You won't get rejected because of how you're dressed either.
The "underground" options: La Terrraza, Le Moog, Apolo and Razzmatazz
If we don't count the Insane party at Pacha (formerly Fact & Fun) and international DJs events at Opium (WeDJs), one must admit the beach front clubs often leaves techno and underground music fans think the bass should be a tad deeper. A bit farther from the city center, the raw music revellers will encounter very good options nonetheless. In Summer (check schedule on NightsApp) La Terrazza which is located on the majestic hill of Monjuic, offers an open sky party experience and often welcomes renowned International DJs mixing for more than a thousand people! Amazing view, very good music and a perfect setting make this nightclub a "must-go" for those who like electronic music!
The Moog is another classic. Right next to Ramblas, in one of the first streets diving into Raval, the MOOG has become one of the icons of the Barcelona underground culture. Even though the club is small, it's a meeting point for locals and trendy tourists who enjoy its industrial decorum and its very good techno programming (see schedule on NightsApp)
Latino, Hip Hop, Jazz, Techno, Funk and even Indie Rock! The Apolo nightclub is maybe the one which offers the most varied musical programmation in town. With two dance floors available and without much restrictions regarding the Dress Code, it's the idea spot for those who have very diverse musical taste.
Next to the Bogatell metro station, 15 minutes away from Vila Olimpica nightclubs, one can enjoy an exceptional night at Razzmatazz, the reference in Barcelona for Live music and concerts. With its five dance floors and its many concerts every month. A good tip if you want to go to Razz? Download the flyer of the month (http://www.salarazzmatazz.com/print.php?f=flyerjulioagosto17.jpg) on your smartphone and show it at the bar! You will get interesting discounts. You can find all Razz events on NightsApp.
Nightclubs of Diagonal and the Student nights: Sutton, Otto Zutz and Bling Bling.
Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and student city where many Erasmus students come "en masse" every year, more motivated by the party potential of the city than their curriculum.. They mostly go out around the Diagonal metro, in the heart of the "true" Barcelona, and where you'll find numerous bars and nightclubs, particularly crowded on Thursdays and weekends.
If you see a row of around a hundred people in the area, it's probably the entrance of Bling Bling, a catalan nightclub where you'll find the same chic and exclusive atmosphere as in Vila Olimpica nightclubs, but in the city centre. Its weak points are the price and rigidity regarding the dress code. But once inside, one must admit it's worth it. Amazing music, two dance floors (a electro & hits, a Latino/Reggaeton), flamboyant decorum.
Just in front, you'll find the Sutton, one of the favourite nightclub of students and of the chicest catalan youth. As strict and demanding as in Bling Bling, some locals are a bit discouraged by the atmosphere and prices, but if you're looking for a classy and trendy place, don't hesitate!
Finally, this area offers a third, very famous club, Otto Zutz, a local institution which plays Hip Hop and Trap every night of the week. With a more "Stree" and chill atmosphere, Otto Zutz is the opposite of the beach front nightclubs aforementioned, and a very good option for those who want to party without caring about the appearances. Three dance floors: Hip Hop, Latino and Commercial/Hits
This brief general information will be -we hope!- useful when it's time to pick the nightclub where you want to party, and which best meets the expectations of your party crew. We will tell you about the many anecdotes and tips in the next chapters of the guides, which go more in depth in different topics, all related to Barcelona's nightlife. In the mean time, we always recommend to learn about tips and nights out on our website. Free entrances, discounts and even bypassing the queue on certain nights so you don't have to wait for a long looong time, all this is available almost every night of the week, for free. So just send us a WhatsApp!
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