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Nightlife in Barcelona

Sip sparkling cava or rich Rioja among the wine casks in the Barrí Gòtic district's atmospheric bodegas (wine cellars), or cooling beer in beach-front chiringuitos huts. Or mingle with bohemian types in the Born district's chic hole-in-the-wall bars. For a taste of Catalan culture, there's a plenty of choice around Plaça Catalunya square with Palau de la Música Catalana, City Hall nightclub and Bel-Luna Jazz Club all nearby. Pace yourself for late nights; clubs get going around 2am when most bars start to close.

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Photo by Antoni Bofill, courtesy of Gran Teatre del Liceu
Mirablau, Barcelona. Courtesy of Mirablau
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Mirablau

Cocktails with a view

It's hard to find a bar with a more impressive view than Mirablau. Close to the top of Mount Tibidabo, it perches delicately on the hillside while the city and coastline stretch out below. Go anytime for coffee or cocktails.



Address

Plaça Doctor Andreu, Barcelona 08035

Telephone

+34 93 418 58 79

Transport

Train FGC Tibidabo then Tramvía Blau or bus to Plaça Doctor Andreu

Dry Martini, Barcelona. Photo by Kristin Konsterlie
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Dry Martini

Timeless cocktails

Dry Martini in the Eixample district offers a trip back to a Humphrey Bogart-style era. Drinkers in their thirties and older sip trademark Dry Martini cocktails, lovingly prepared by white-jacketed experts behind a shiny wooden bar.



Address

162-166, Carrer d'Aribau, Barcelona 08036

Telephone

+34 93 217 50 72

Transport

Diagonal or Hospital Clinic metro

Website

Dry Martini Website

L'Ascensor, Barcelona. Photo by Poppy Da Costa, © Whatsonwhen
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L'Ascensor

All-night drinking

Named after its unusual entrance through an antique wooden elevator door, L'Ascensor is a groovy little bar tucked away in Barrí Gòtic. A young party-going crowd soak up well-mixed cocktails - try the caiparinha.



Address

3, Carrer Bellafila, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 93 318 5347

Transport

Jaume I metro

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Gimlet

Stylised cocktail bar

Gimlet in the Born district is a small but well-styled venue. A polished wooden bar is beautifully curved to cradle elbows, and the ambience is reminiscent of a David Lynch film set. Professional staff mix cocktails for an upmarket crowd.



Address

24, Carrer del Rec, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 310 1027

Transport

Arc de Triomf (L1) metro

5

El Xampanyet

A Barcelona institution

This tiny, family-run Cava bar is a well-loved institution in the Born district. Xampanyet boasts colourful tiles, friendly staff and a mixed crowd. Order slices of manchego cheese with your sparkling wine or cider from the old-fashioned zinc bar.



Address

22, Montcada, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 319 70 03

Transport

Jaume I metro

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CDLC

Beachside dancing

CDLC is a relaxed beachside den in Villa Olimpica that attracts glamorous locals and equally fashionable out-of-towners. It's just the place to lie back on the mattresses, sip cocktails or dance. Come on late summer afternoons for a post-beach aperitif.



Address

32, Passeig Maritim, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 93 224 04 70

Transport

Ciutadella Villa Olímpica metro, then walk towards the beach

Website

CDLC Website

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Moog

Tiny venue, big beats

Moog regulars are hipper than the average Barcelona clubber. This is where lovers of techno and hard-pumping beats gather. Intimacy and a good sound system make up for a lack of breathing space in this tiny venue in the Raval.



Address

3, Arc del Teatre, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 93 301 72 82

Transport

Drassanes metro

Website

Moog Website

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Nitsa Club

Hot dance club

Nitsa Club in the eye-catching Sala Apolo ballroom near Montjuïc attracts a lively crowd each weekend. International DJs and live acts pack the dance floor with the latest funky techno, disco, breakbeats and house music.



Address

113, Nou de la Rambla, Barcelona

Telephone

+34 93 301 00 90

Transport

Paral.lel metro

Website

Nitsa Club Website

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City Hall

All-night electronic dance

City Hall is a busy club just off Plaça Catalunya and one of the best house-techno clubs in central Barcelona. Both local and international DJs keep the dance floor jumping and the garden, complete with bar, makes a relaxing lounge.



Address

2-4, Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona 08007

Telephone

+34 93 317 22 77

Transport

Catalunya metro

Website

City Hall Website

10

Razzmatazz

Multi-level super club

Razzmatazz in Poble Nou is five clubs in one enormous warehouse, each with its own musical vibe. Big-name DJs play the main stage while elsewhere goths and rockers rock out. Buy one ticket and try them all.



Address

122, Calle Almogàvers, Barcelona 08018

Telephone

+34 93 320 8200

Transport

Marina (L1) or Bogatel (L4) metro

Website

Razzmatazz Website

L'Auditori, Barcelona. Courtesy of L'Auditori
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L'Auditori

High-spec classical venue

L'Auditori in Glòries is the newest of Barcelona's classical music bastions, designed by award-winning architect Rafael Moneo as a permanent home for the Orfeó Catala choral society and Barcelona's Symphony Orchestra. International names also make use of the state-of-the-art acoustics.



Address

150, Carrer Lepant, Barcelona 08013

Telephone

+34 93 247 93 00

Transport

Glòries, Marina or Monumental metro

Website

L'Auditori Website

Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona. Photo by Pere Vivas, courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana
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Palau de la Música

Architectural gem

Palau de la Música in the Old Town is an extravagant example of Catalan modernisme with stained glass, mosaics and ornate lamps. There are guided tours of this recently renovated building but the best experience is a concert.



Address

Carrer de Sant Pere Més Alt, Barcelona 08003

Telephone

+34 902 442 882

Transport

Catalunya, Urquinaona or Jaume 1 metro

Website

Palau de la Música Website

Bel-Luna Jazz Club, Barcelona. Courtesy of Bel-Luna Jazz Club
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Bel-Luna Jazz Club

Groovy jazz club

Sepia-toned jazz legends adorn the walls of Bel-Luna Jazz Club, a groovy, subterranean haunt near Plaça Catalunya. There's a full programme of jazz, blues and swing. Sit in the bar or book a table for dinner and enjoy the show.



Address

5, Rambla Catalunya, Barcelona 08007

Telephone

+34 93 302 22 21

Transport

Catalunya metro

Website

Bel-Luna Jazz Club Website

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Photo by Antoni Bofill, courtesy of Gran Teatre del Liceu
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Gran Teatre del Liceu

Ornate home of culture

Gran Teatre del Liceu is a monument to Belle-Époque extravagance and one of the grandest theatres in the world. Centrally placed on Las Ramblas, this source of Catalan pride presents world-class theatre, concerts and opera in plush surroundings.



Address

51-59, Las Ramblas, Barcelona 08002

Telephone

+34 93 485 99 00

Transport

Liceu metro

Website

Gran Teatre del Liceu Website

Antilla Latin Club, Barcelona. Courtesy of Latin Coolture
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Antilla Latin Club

Latin beats and mojitos

Antilla Latin Club in Eixample is Barcelona's biggest salsa club and the place to flaunt Latin moves. Some of the hottest names in salsa, merengue, mambo and rumba have graced the stage. Check out the club's dance school for tips.



Address

141, Aragó, Barcelona 08015

Telephone

+34 93 451 21 51

Transport

Urgell metro

Website

Antilla Latin Club Website

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