How to get the best out of the nightlife in Barcelona
After a night out on the town experiencing Barcelona's nightlife it is very likely you will see the sun rise before going to bed.
nightlife in Barcelona starts late and ends late so make sure you don`t have too much to do the day after going out in this city.
You can choose from a huge number of taverns, bars, pubs and clubs and have an unforgettable night out.
Locals party from Thursday to Saturday but most tourists party at different times an on different days of the week. This means that places like the Barri Gotic, El Born and Raval are busy all the time, seven nights a week.
Other Barcelona nightlife hotspots are more local and quieter and only get lively from Thursdays to Saturdays.
The best thing for you to do before going out looking for Barcelona's nightlife is to choose the right zone for the right night.
Bars in Barcelona
Ciutat Vella is where most of the nightlife in Barcelona takes place.
Plaza Reial and Carrer Dels Escudellers are packed with places to go and your options range from Irish pubs to cool dance bars and the quieter bars in the side streets.
There are also some great places in El Born. Go to Passeig del born and explore the many small streets in the area.
In El Raval go to Rambla del Raval, Carrer Nou de la Rambla and Carrer de Santa Mònica where you will find some of Barcelona's oldest bars.
The waterfront is also a good place to head for. Check out the bars along the Platja de la Barceloneta if you are looking to chillout.
For more action packed nightlife in Barcelona try the Port Olimpic and its music bars. The bars are closely packed and the music is loud, no escaping the party here.
In summer you can go to the beach bars or “chiringuitos”. These are the perfect places for a few sun-downers while listening to some super chilled club sounds.
They are open from 10h to 2h depending on business or until the law arrives.
If you are looking for the more well-dressed and uptown nightlife in Barcelona, head for the bars and clubs in La Zona Alta. This area is just to the north, across Avinguda Diagonal.
You will find the bars of the Gaixample (gay L'Eixample) all around Consell de Cent and Aribau.
Gracia is also another good area for bars. The squares in this area all have plenty of bars that are frequented by students.
Drinks prices can vary greatly depending on what where and when you by them.
A beer in Gracia might cost you 2€ at 17h but at 01h in la Zona Alta it may cost you 8€ or more.
In Barcelona the bars only start getting lively at around 23h and close at 02h from Sunday to Thursday. On Fridays and Saturdays they close at 03h and a few even stay open to 05h.
Please take note: Drinking in the streets or on the beaches or in any public spaces away from the bars is not allowed and there are hefty fines for those that do.
There are some good clubs in the city, they come alive at 02h00 and stay open until dawn, a few even stay open until mid-day on weekends.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are the best days to go clubbing and some clubs only open on these nights.
Try the clubs hidden in Ciutat Vella. From the subterranean clubs of Plaza Reial to the old converted dance halls. There are also well known clubs throughout the better parts of the city like L'Eixample, La Zona Alta and on the waterfront, they attract the “beautiful” people and you need to dress well to get in.
Most gay nightlife is found in L'Eixample.
There are many venues where you can see the best Spanish and international acts all year round. From Spanish pop-rock to the latest dance, house, hip-hop, funk, live Jazz and Flamenco.
Most of the more famous acts would generally perform in the Palau Sant Jordi on Montjuic, the Teatre Mercat de les Flors or the Forum, the really big acts perform at the Estadi Olímpic and on some rare occasions at the Camp Nou football stadium.
Barcelona and its nightlife has so much to offer that you could go bar hopping, clubbing and to live concerts until you drop.
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