Nightlife in Barcelona: The Best Clubs You Just Can’t Miss

Jale

Updated on Dec 29 • 6 minute read

It’s no surprise that when you think of the party scene in Southern Europe, Barcelona comes to mind. Because when the sun goes down, Barcelona transforms into the ultimate party town.

While Berlin offers an experimental nightlife and London the posh party scene, Barcelona delivers ever promising fun and never-ending possibilities. No matter which bar, event or nightclub you decide to go to, you’re guaranteed to have one of the most dazzling, exciting, and welcoming times of your life.

So while you’re gearing up for a night full of fun in Barcelona, make note of Barcelona’s Nightlife culture, tips to enjoy the night, and the top clubs you've to visit!

What’s Barcelona’s nightlife like?

Barcelona is one of Spain's best cities for nightlife. From iconic beach clubs and cosy bars to uber fancy uptown clubs and boat parties, Barcelona's got something for every party goer.

And as with everything in Spanish culture, even nightlife begins late into the night. The entire nightlife area comes alive around 2:00 A.M. As you walk down the streets, you'll find streets buzzing with locals and expats, hopping from bar to bar until it's time to hit the clubs. You might even be drawn to the friendly atmosphere. After all, the Spanish are fun-loving people who love to socialise and make people feel welcome.

So to really enjoy Barcelona's nightlife like a local, make sure to pack plenty of energy because the parties don't stop until well after sunrise! And if you're worried, do as the locals do; nap in the afternoon so you can party through the night.

Practical tips for a night to remember in Barcelona

  • Don’t go to the clubs too early as Spaniard’s don’t hit the clubs until around 2:00 A.M.

  • Most of the clubs in the city don’t have a strict dress code, except for some upscale clubs. Always double-check the dress code.

  • Most clubs have a bouncer, so don't be too drunk if you want to enter the club.

  • Barcelona has extensive transportation options through the night. You’ll find night buses and metro lines running through the entire night on Saturdays and until 2 A.M. on Fridays. If you’re with a group of friends, it might even be cheaper to get a taxi.

  • Drinks can be pretty expensive in some clubs. We recommend having some drinks before heading to clubs. But if you ever run out, you can also find some locals selling beers on the streets (not so legally).

Best Beach Clubs in Barcelona

1. Opium Barcelona

Opium is an iconic nightclub in Barcelona. From its stunning beach view from the terrace to the club’s youthful and stunning crowd, Opium is the ultimate beach club. There’s no doubt that Opium’s delicately designed menu, fancy cocktails, and dazzling atmosphere will make you feel anything less than a celebrity.

Even with a capacity of 3000 people, the club is completely packed every night as it hosts the biggest names in the music industry like David Guetta and Tiesto. So it’s no surprise Opium attracts music lovers from all over the world.

Before you head out to Opium, pay attention to the strict dress code. Since it’s an upscale beach club, you need to dress the part to experience Opium’s nightlife.

  • Location: La Barceloneta, close to the famous Hotel Arts in Port Olympic
  • Price: €€€€

2. Catwalk club

Catwalk is a club that can satisfy people with a wide variety of music tastes. It’s got 2 floors and 3 different rooms.

In the main room, you can dance to the mainstream commercial house. If you want to listen to chill tunes while sipping your drink, you should opt for the terrace. And sky room is your friend if you love your R&B and want to jam to the latest hip hop hits.

Even though the Catwalk is a beach club, don't forget to put on your best clothes as the club loves its dress to impress attitude.

  • Location: La Barceloneta
  • Price: €€€

3. Shoko Club Barcelona

Shoko is an experience. This beach club offers a different experience every night. The club is known for its theme parties and offers a wide range of music genres from hip-hop to EDM. And aside from its off-the-charts energy inside, the club has some of the best DJ's in the biz.

Overall, Shoko has a slightly laidback attitude compared to the other Barcelona beach clubs. But this doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want. So dress to impress!

Overall, Shoko is a great club if you love theme parties, are eager to have a night out among locals and tourists, and enjoy a wide range of music genres.

  • Location: On Barcelona Beach
  • Price: €€€

The Uptown Clubs in Barcelona

1. Bling Bling Barcelona

This club is true to its name. The club has a vintage chic, glamorous, and exclusive, vibe with lots of shiny and sparkly decor. It also has one of the biggest dance floors in Barcelona and offers a wide range of music to dance.

You can of course stand in the queue or make a reservation on the guest list. But you can choose from 1 of the 2 VIP sections which allow 3-5 people. So if you’ve something special to celebrate or just want to honor your inner diva, go for the VIP package and enjoy cocktails and party music from your personal booth.

  • Location: Calle de Tuset
  • Price: €€€€

2. Macarena

Macarena has a different setting than most Barcelona clubs. This underground club offers a super intimate experience and is located in the heart of a gothic neighbourhood of Barcelona.

Macarena is known for its EDM music and you’re bound to feel pumped while enjoying its mystic vibe and ambience. An eccentric crowd and fantastic sound system will be your friend for the night.

  • Location: City centre, walking distance from Las Ramblas
  • Price: €€

3. Sutton Barcelona

Located in upscale Barcelona, Sutton is very exclusive and famous for its crazy nights. Sutton is everything you expect from a fancy club: the soft neon lighting, glass tables, VIP rooms, and golden couches create one of the most magical premier club experiences in Barcelona. But, the club gets crazy busy. So it might not be for everyone, especially if you enjoy having your space while busting your dance moves.

The club's bouncers have the ultimate power. The bouncer can refuse you from entering if you don’t fit in their strict dress code or look too drunk. But if you get in, then you can expect to dance among celebrities and big names since they are all fans of the club.

  • Location: Downtown Barcelona
  • Price: €€€€

4. Jamboree Barcelona

Jamboree is one of the oldest clubs in Barcelona as it opened its doors over half a century ago. In Jamboree, a live jazz band will soothe your ears between 8 pm and 10 pm while you sip your decently priced drink. And as the night progresses, you'll find yourself dancing to top international and local hits.

Expect to enjoy your night among young people, mainly because it’s affordable. And if you want pure party vibes without the hassle of dressing up too much, this is your go-to place. The club is also open all year.

  • Location: La Ramba
  • Price: €€

5. Otto Zutz Club

Otto Zutz is the precious pearl of the club scene in Barcelona. Since this is a former textile factory turned into a nightclub, the interior was designed to have an industrial feel.

The club has three different floors; on each floor, you’ll enjoy different genres to suit every taste. So you can dance along to hip-hop, R&B, and local hits all night.

Otto Zutz has also hosted several renowned artists like Kid ink. On such nights, you’ll find people of all ages dancing, mingling and enjoying.

  • Location: Sant Gervasi, 3 mins walking distance from Gràcia
  • Price: €€€

6. Razzmatazz, the biggest club

Razzmatazz is one of the city's most significant clubs as it’s a successor of Sala Zeleste, a club that shut down in the 2000s due to its financial debt.

Razzmatazz has a capacity of over 3000 people and has an impeccable sound system. It has five different halls where you can party to almost any type of music or catch famous artists performing live. In the past, the club has hosted many influential artists from Coldplay to Paul MacCartney.

The club's versatility makes it a hotspot for everyone of every age and background.

  • Location: El Poblenou neighborhood
  • Price: €€

Barcelona has it all!

Now that you know some of the best clubs to visit in Barcelona, buckle up and go out to experience it for yourself. And if you find yourself not having enough of Barcelona’s exhilarating energy, why not move to Barcelona to relive it anytime you want?

As a city, Barcelona will only surprise you. From its friendly and easily accessible neighbourhoods to its comparatively affordable cost of living; from its wonderful artistic vibe to the English speaking jobs the city offers, Barcelona is just waiting for you to make it your own.

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