Visit to Barcelona
Nightlife in Barcelona needs no introduction: Whether you’re looking for psychedelic absinthe shots, a great place for grunge rock, a sunrise foam party, or just someplace quiet to sit back and enjoy a drink, the city has it all. Things don’t get going until late (don’t bother showing up at a club before lam) and keep going till dawn. Check the Guia del Ocio, available at newsstands, for up-to-date listings.
In this neighborhood, cookie-cutter cervecerias and bar-restaurantes can be found every five steps. The Barri Gotic is perfect for chit-chatting your night away, sipping sangria, or scoping out your next dance partner.
Fonfone, C. Escudellers 24. M: Liceu or Drassanes. Atmospheric lighting and cool sounds draw l-3am crowds. Different DJs every night from all over the world. Beer ‚3.20. Mixed drinks ‚6. Open Su-Th 9:30pm-2:30am, F-Sa 9:30pm-3am.
Molly’s Fair City, C. Ferran 7. M: Liceu. The place to go if you’re looking to meet English-speaking tourists in the Barri Gotic, guzzling pricey but strong mixed drinks. Guinness on tap ‚5. Bottled beer ‚4. Mixed drinks ‚7. Open Su-Th 8pm-2:30am, F-Sa 7pm-3am.
Jamboree, PI. Reial 17. M: Liceu. In the corner immediately to your right coming from Las Ramblas. What was once a convent now serves as one of the city’s most popular live music venues. Daily jazz or blues performances. Cover M-F ‚6, Sa-Su ‚9-12; includes 1 drink. Open daily llpm-lam. Upstairs, the attached club Tarantos hosts flamenco shows (‚25). Open M-Sa 9:30pm-midnight.
Schilling, C. Ferran 23. M: Liceu, L3. One of the more chill and spacious bars in the area. Mixed gay and straight crowd. Excellent sangria (pitcher ‚14). Mixed drinks ‚5. Wine and beer ‚2. Open daily 10am-2:30am.
Vildsvin, C. Ferran 38, M: Liceu. Oysters and international beers (‚4-8) are the specialties at this Norwegian bar. Tapas ‚3-5. Desserts ‚3.50-5. Entrees ‚8-14. Open M-Th 9am-2am, F-Sa 9am-3am. AmExMCV.
El Bosq de les Fades, (933 17 26 49). M: Drassanes, near the Wax Museum. This bar is a mystical, complete with gnarly trees and gnomes. A good place to hang before hitting up a club. Open M-Th 10am-l:30am, F-Sa 10am-2:30am.
Glaciar Bar, PI. Reial 3. M: Liceu. A hidden treasure in a sea of indistinguishable tourist bars. Plenty of outside tables. Beer ‚1.50-2. Mixed drinks ‚4. Liter of sangria ‚10. Open Su 8am-2:30am, M-Sa 4pm-2:30am. Cash only.
New York, C. Escudellers 5. M: Drassanes. Once a strip joint, New York is now the biggest club in the Barri Gotic. Crowds don’t arrive until after 3am; music includes reggae and British pop. Cover ll:30pm-2am ‚6 (includes 1 beer); 2-5am ‚13 (includes any drink). Open Th-Sa midnight-5am. Cash only.
Margarita Blue, C. J. A. Clave 6. M: Drassanes. This Mexican-themed bar draws a 20-and 30-something crowd. Blue margaritas ‚3. W night drag queen performances. Open Su-W 7pm-2am, Th 7pm-2:30am, F-Sa 7pm-3am.
El Copetln, Pg. del Born 19. M: Jaume I. Cuban rhythm infuses everything in this casual nightspot. Mojitos ‚5. Open Su-Th 7pm-2:30am, F-Sa 7pm-3am.
El Born, Pg. del Born 26. M: Jaume I. Sit at the marble counter over the basins where fish were once sold or follow spiral staircase upstairs for a meal. Fondues ‚12-15. Excellent cocktails ‚4-6. Open Su-Th 6pm-2am, F-Sa 6pm-3am.
Palau Dalmases, C. Montcada 20. M: Jaume I. A self-labeled Baroque space in a 17th-century palace. Live opera performances Th at 11pm (‚18, includes one drink). Drinks ‚6-10. Open Su 6-10pm, Tu-Sa 10pm-2am.
Pltin Bar, Pg. del Born 34. M: Barceloneta. Trippy lounge music will put you in the mood for absinthe (‚2.70). Mixed drinks ‚4.50-8. Open daily 6pm-3am.
These streets are densely packed with a place for every variety of bar-hopper Irish pubbers, American backpackers, absinthe aficionados, social drinkers, lounge lizards, and foosball maniacs will find themselves at home in El Raval. it Casa Almirall, C. Joaquim Costa 33. M: Universitat. This cavernous space, with weathered couches, is Barcelona’s oldest bar, founded in 1860. The staff will walk you through your first glass of absenta (absinthe; ‚4.50)-and cut you off after your second. Beer ‚2. Mixed drinks ‚5. Open Su-Th 6:30pm-2:30am, F-Sa 6:30pm-3am.
Muebles Navarro (El Cafe que pone), C. la Riera Alta 4-6. Enjoy the mellow ambience and watch friends get friendlier as they sink into the comfy couches together. Beer and wine ‚2-3. Mixed drinks ‚5-7. Open Tu-Th 6pm-2am, F-Sa 6pm-3am.
London Bar, C. Nou de la Rambla 34, off Las Ramblas. M: Liceu. Rub shoulders with unruly, fun-loving expats at this Modernist tavern. Live music nightly. Beer, wine, and absinthe ‚2-3. Open Su and Tu-Th 7:30pm-4:30am, F-Sa 7:30pm-5am. AmExMCV. Sant Pau 68, C. de Sant Pau 68. M: Liceu. One of the hippest bars in El Raval. Drinks ‚2-5. Open Tu-Th 8pm-2:30am, F-Sa 8pm-3am. Cash only.
La Paloma, C. Tigre 27. M: Universitat. This dance hall, with its theater-like interior, was a factory until 1903. Live salsa and popular Spanish music keep a mature clientele dancing throughout the night. Mixed drinks ‚7. Cover ‚7. Open Su and Th 6-9:30pm, F 6-9:30pm and ll:30pm-4am, Sa 6-9:30pm and U:30pm-5am.
Marsella Bar, C. de Sant Pau 65. M: Liceu. Religious figurines grace the walls; perhaps they’re praying for the absinthe drinkers (‚3.40) who frequent the place. Mixed drinks ‚2-6. Open M-Th 10pm-2:30am, F-Sa 10pm-3:30am.
Lupino, C. Carme 33. M: Catalunya. Ultra-chic lounge combines atmospheric lighting and sophisticated furnishing into a stylish haven for fashionable people. Cocktails ‚5.50. Open Su-Th 9pm-2:30am, F-Sa 9pm-3am.
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