For many flocking travellers the idea of clubbing in Barcelona isn’t a matter of if, but how hard.
You’ll need at least one club night on holiday and this comprehensive Barcelona nightlife guide will help you select the one that’s right for you.
Save Money with the Barcelona Night Card
The Barcelona Night Card gets you unlimited 2 night access to 23 of the best clubs in Barcelona for only €10. Travellers looking for a party usually pick one up because:
- It offers fast track entrance (no lines).
- It’s a way too see a lot of Barcelona’s best clubs in a short time.
- You get a super cool z-card with information on all the clubs.
- There’s a convenient map with public transport directions for the clubs.
- The pick-up is really easy in tourist central Plaza Catalunya.
- There’s an option to upgrade to seven days for only €10 more.
With weekend covers ranging anywhere from €12.00-€20.00 getting this pass will save you money – if you’re out on two nights you could save up to 80%.
The Barcelona Night Card is on offer with a 5% online discount (€9.50 each) from the official Barcelona Tourism Office and can be reached by clicking the button below:
Barcelona Night Card Rules and Restrictions
- Nightcard entries are valid until 2 AM and do not include drinks
- Not valid on New Year’s Eve or during the concerts of select DJs
- Depending on club, entry may be permitted only for those older than 18 or 21
- The card is non-transferable
- Pick up the card at 17 Plaça Catalunya between 9:30 to 19:30 every day
The list of clubs: Aire, Arena Sala Classic, Arena Sala Dandy/Sala VIP, Arena Sala Madre, Atlàntic Barcelona, Be Cool, Bikini Barcelona, Boulevard Culture Club, City Hall Dance Club Concept, Danza Barcelona, Club Costa Breve, Les Enfants, Macarena Music Club, Moog, Oak, Otto Zutz Club, Room Barcelona, La Terrazza, Soho the Club, Sutton Club, Shôko Restaurant Lounge Club.
How Do I Get in with No Hassle?
If you’re trying to get in free it’s an unfortunate fact – even the best clubs in Barcelona have smug bouncers that’ll treat you like they’re doing you a favour.
Getting in without paying via street promoters often involves a combination of the following:
- Showing up early when the club is empty
- Knowing ‘free before 2’ doesn’t mean when you arrive, but when you get to the front of the line
- Not showing any signs of being drunk
- Being almost over-dressed for the place
- Being impossibly friendly and patient
- Not being too male or too guiri (American, British, Irish etc.)
There’s really not much point to risk ruining a night when in all likelihood you’ll be paying entry anyway – for this reason I suggest buying your entries in advance online.
Age: 18-25 | 122 Carrer Almogavers | Metro: Marina (red line L1) | Website
This warehouse style behemoth popular with locals is found in an industrial area of Poble Nou. It’s the best club in Barcelona for sheer size and variety – for this reason I’ve dedicated an entire article to it.
Here there are five rooms where you can also get indie rock, techno, pop, or disco music – a night at Razzmatazz is like a night in five clubs! The massive roof terrace and bathroom DJ are something to be seen.
Go here if you’re into your music and don’t just want a place to be seen.
Dress casual and girls… don’t wear heels because you’ll be walking a lot of stairs.
Prices: entrance with a stiff drink is €17 at the door or €12 + fees advance purchase online.
Age: 18-25 | 113 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (green line L3) | Website
The second biggest of the top nightclubs in Barcelona is set in an old, stylish theater and packs a party punch. Though on weekends this two dance floor disco is primarily a techno, electro, and bass club it also hosts rock gigs and a variety of other themed nights.
This might be your best bet for weekday fun with the ever popular Nasty Mondays (rock, pop, indie, garage, electro rock) and Crappy Tuesdays (post punk, rock, indie, electro beats) pumping out tunes for a decidely young local crowd.
Come as you are: even their website says dress codes are stupid!
Prices: entrance with drink is €18 at the door or €15 advance purchase online.
Age: 21-30 | 3 Carrer de l’Arc del Teatre | Metro: Drassanes (green line L3) | Website
Moog is a tiny club with a big reputation so one might even call it the grenade of Barcelona nightlife: small but explosive! Lovers of underground electro and techno with an intimate vibe and a bit of an older crowd can find a home here – at a reasonable price.
The upstairs room surrounded by mirrors on the walls plays great alternative, indie, and retro pop songs which is a nice break from the pounding of the main room.
Stay till 6AM and dress as you wish.
Prices: usually €10 at the door but cheaper buying on their official site.
Age: 18-25 | Autovia Castelldefels – C31 | Metro: n/a | Website
Born from the creators of the Monegros Festival (in the desert near Zaragoza), elrow is the stuff after-party legends are made of and is only for truly dedicated clubbers. First of all, it’s out by the airport in a place called Viladecans and you need a bus or taxi to get there.
The benefit of being by the airport? It goes super late – from 10PM to 10AM. In fact they say elrow only truly shines at first sunlight. Try if you dare!
Prices: depending on the night it’s €30 +
Age: 20-28 | 2-4 Rambla de Catalunya | Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green L3) | Website
This cozy club built in one of Barcelona’s most historic theaters is a must for any fan of less commercial electronic music. Its super central location next to Placa Catalunya makes it a convenient option for tourists.
Thursdays are perhaps the best night with resident Italian DJ Luca Fabiani.
Prices: €15-20 depending on the night.
Age: 20-30 | 5 Plaça Joan Llongueras | Metro: Hospital Clinic (blue line L5) | Website
A great place for people not looking for a massive place but not wanting to feel claustrophobic either. This one of the top clubs in Barcelona for people looking to get obliterated (from more than just alcohol) – there’s a good mix of respected international and local DJ’s.
Age: 20-30 | 38 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4) | Website
Surely you’ve heard the name Pacha at least once in your life – we’re talking about the famous Pacha from Ibiza. Though the Barcelona version is hardly comparable to the Balearic behemoth it’s on the right track.
By day Pacha is a chill out spot for cocktails and beach-side people watching and by night it welcomes a variety of respected local and international DJs. The location and Ibiza-style ambiance are tough to beat.
Prices: €10-15 but free before 2 flagging down a promoter in the vicinity.
Age: 21-30 | 34 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4) | Website
One of the best clubs in Barcelona for pure glamour – this beach club has a spectacular outdoor terrace and thanks to its massive popularity with tourists is the biggest meat market in Barcelona. The sound system here is really something to be heard – perhaps that’s why Opium has hosted DJs like Avicii, Tiesto, and David Guetta.
Drink prices at Opium are above average at €15+ a cocktail – cushion the blow by getting to the Port Olimpic area around 1 AM and finding some street promotors who can get you on a guestlist without cover.
Don’t show up here (or any night clubs in Barcelona) with beachwear or Opium will send you packing.
Age: 18-28 | 36 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4) | Website
This slick house club that mixes in hip hop, R&B and reggae is in another prime spot along the seafront – that’s packed with tourists. There’s a great VIP room and sometimes they hire their own dancers/performers.
Don’t expect to pay any less than €10 for a drink – look for promoters in the area who’ll get you on guestlist.
They’re a bit more casual with the dress than cousin club Opium but don’t push your luck.
Age: 23-30 | 141 Carrer Tarragona | Metro: Tarragona (green line L3) | Website
This well laid out and spacious club with a 1500 capacity is only a stones throw away from Placa Espanya. There’s a very comfortable vibe.
The massive main room has a great sound system pumping international techno and house artists while the smaller secondary room is a good place for funk and drinks with less of a line.
One of the few Barcelona clubs that I’ve heard good things about the drinks: their mojitos are legendary.
Prices: €15 at the door or €12 buying online both with drink included.
Age: 20-30 | Poble Espanyol | Metro: Espanya (red line L1 or green L3) | Website
An open air club at the top of a mountain? OK!
This historic Barcelona club found in picturesque Poble Espanyol is frequented by tourists and locals alike. This is debatably the best summer club in the city. People rave about how the house and techno music create a great atmosphere and how it’s almost like being out in nature.
It’s easy to get advanced entry to the club finding promoters on the beach.
Prices: depends on the night.
Age: 25-35 | 13 Carrer Tuset | Metro: Diagonal (green line L3 or blue L5) | Website
Sutton claims to be the most fashionable of all the nightclubs in Barcelona and is considered by locals to be quite pija (posh). Private rooms and suites sponsored by Moet champagne and the legions of immaculate beauties and playboys support this.
Their 2013 refurbishment brought one of the best sound systems in the city – house music with a touch of R&B is the name of the game here.
Dress smart or you’ll be heading home before the party starts.
Otto Zutz Club
Age: 18-25 | 15 Calle Lincoln | Metro: Fontana (green line L3) | Website
One of the best clubs in Barcelona for fun with no pretentiousness. This three floor club has been around for 30 years and is a real hit with young locals – go here if you’re up for hip hop, R&B, or funk tunes though upstairs usually has Spanish music.
Athletic clothes are pushing it here so be careful. It gets packed so don’t wear long sleeves in the summer time!
You shouldn’t have to pay cover if you wander around outside and find a promoter.
Age: 18-35 | 17 Placa Reil | Metro: Liceu or Drassanes (green line L3) | Website
One of the most touristy clubs around so it’s a great place to meet new people. Before 12 you’ll find live jazz there but as the night goes on and crowds build it becomes a big mix of hip hop, Latin, and 80s and 90s rock music.
You won’t miss it since it’s right off La Rambla in beautiful Placa Reil. To save money get your hand stamped and go into the square for a €1 classic Barcelona ‘street beer‘ – this will be the most local thing you ever do 😉
Price: €10-15 but free before 2 flagging down a promoter in the vicinity.
Age: 18-35 | 7 Placa Reil | Metro: Liceu or Drassanes (green line L3) | Website
Another club in the middle of Placa Reil that that’s fed primarily by tourists and nearby hostels. Sidecar often has live rock music before the clubbing night begins – from then on it’s an eclectic mix of popular dance, indie, and rock and roll music.
Price: €10-15 but free before 2 flagging down a promoter in the vicinity.
Age: 25-35 | 171 Carrer de Provença | Metro: Hospital Clinic (blue line L5) | Website
The name La Fira means The Fair and it’s easy to see why – this bizarre booze boutique was decorated using equipment from an old German funfair. You won’t know whether it’s one of their 150 spirits getting to your head or whether you’re looking into a vintage distorted mirror 😉
A mix of Anglo and Spanish/Latino pop gets people dancing in a giant gazebo and cages which becomes ever more entertaining after trips to the the shot bar.
Fair games, roundabouts, and fortune tellers make it one of the most unique night clubs in Barcelona.
Prices: €10+ depending on the night.
Age: 22-35 | 40 Passeig Picasso | Metro: Barceloneta (yellow line L4) | Website
One of the top clubs in Barcelona for rock music, hell it’s probably the only full on rock club in Barcelona – born in the 70’s, thrived in the 90’s, and according to their website living a second youth in the present day.
Here you’ll hit the dance floor to a mix of indie music and classic rock. It’s easy to meet people due to it’s unpretentious atmosphere and decent drink prices.
Prices: around €10.
Age: 18-28 | 145 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (green line L3) | Website
Another tiny but fun little club that packs a punch. The very basic decor is deceiving because it’s actually a great place to have fun. Weekends have a mix of commercial and Spanish music, while Thursdays have drum and bass.
As far as my Barcelona nightlife guide goes this is as ‘local’ as it gets – girls, a local has told me it’s the easiest place to get approached by guys so if you’re looking for a souvenir this might be the place.
Prices: around €10.
Age: 18-25 | 230 Carrer d’Aribau | Metro: Diagonal (green line L3 or blue L4) | Website
Another popular spot for classic and more recent commercial music frequented by locals – mostly university students. Grab a great cocktail at one of the three different bars and sit down on one of the many comfy couches.
This is also a great place for value as their Thursday night ‘university special’ has €2 drinks and €40 bottles.
Age: 25-35 | 547 Avinguda Diagonal | Metro: Maria Cristina (green line L3) | Website
Barcelona’s oldest club served its first drink in 1953 and today is one of the biggest Latin clubs in the city.
Though Sala Bikini is famous for salsa, samba, and bachata their main room has one of the biggest dance floors in Barcelona and also mixes in more contemporary music.
Prices: depending on the night you’ll pay about €10-20 (drink included).
Age: 25-35 | 217 Carrer del Rossellò | Metro: Diagonal (green line L3 or blue L5) | Website
Another place with Latin music of all kinds from salsa to merengue to reggaeton. Mojito Club is small but chic and often offers live music, not to mention it’s one of the only nightclubs in Barcelona that offers free dance classes – which often give performances later in the evening!
A good place for open-minded people and good energy.
Antiguo San Pues (Palacio de la Salsa)
Age: 25-32 | 770 Gran Via | Metro: Monumental (purple line L2) | Website
This is a true Barcelona Latin club and not touristy at all! 80% of the people are from South America or the Caribbean and you’ll see people pairing off to dance like some like some kind of movie – but don’t worry, if you don’t bring a dance partner there are tons to choose from there!
This very important part of the Barcelona tourist market deserves its own article – here’s the best gay clubs in Barcelona.
Please Harass me in the Comments
What’s your favourite of all the clubs in Barcelona? If you think I’ve missed something or wanna take a shot at me for suggesting something rotten let me have it in the comments below 😉
As always I’m here to answer any of your Barcelona nightlife questions so fire away.