Housed in a Modernista
villa, filled with candles and Moroccan lamps, this swish nightclub
attracts a fashionable young crowd. But the real highlight is the
garden, where lounge beds with diaphanous white drapes, fountains and
giant elephant statues add an exotic touch. In winter, the outdoor dance
floor is transformed into a spectacular tent.
Founded in 1820, this atmospheric throwback, run by the fifth generation of the Lamiel family, sits in the heart of the Barri Xinès. Marsella is one of the few places in town where you can enjoy the potent drink absinthe (absenta). Settle in at one of the wrought-iron Modernista
tables, surrounded by ancient mirrors and old religious statues, and
test your mettle with the potent yellow liquor that is specially bottled
for the bar.
swanky Barcelona night-life institution, this three-storey disco is on
the itinerary for well-heeled media types. The music verges on the
main-stream, with big-name DJs spinning everything from techno to
tiny, trendy bar in the heart of Gràcia is a magnet for mellow barflies
who come to mingle, smoke and listen to DJ-spun tunes, including
techno, pop, soul and 1970s classics.
gay disco, located in a basement, has an unpretentious atmosphere.
Well-known for its dark room, Arena Madre also hosts leather shows,
stripteases and comic performances. Music is mainly handbag house and
Latin, while Sunday is 80s night.
Located inside the Poble Espanyol,
La Terrrazza is one of the most popular summer nightclubs in Barcelona.
The patio becomes the dance-floor, the porches are bars and the garden
provides a refreshing chill-out area.
stylish club has become a staple on Barcelona’s busy party scene.
Situated in the chic, uptown Sant Gervasi neighbourhood, the
multi-functional space has everything from live music, to club nights
and theme parties. Downstairs there are hugely popular DJ sessions
offering electro, techno and minimal music from Friday to Saturday;
upstairs plays the latest indie hits. The website has a complete listing
of the full weekly programme.
La Pedrera de Nit
If Gaudí’s undulating Pedrera rooftop
looks surreal by day, experience it at night for full effect. On Friday
and Saturday evenings between mid-June and late July, La Pedrera opens
up its magical rooftop for a night of live music and cava
drinking. Wander among Gaudí’s mosaic chimneys, illuminated against the
night sky, while enjoying jazz, flamenco fusion or tango.
underground – quite literally – to this popular, hopping jazz
club-cum-nightclub in a vaulted space beneath Plaça Reial. Nightly live
jazz sessions kick off around 11pm. DJs take over later with
of the Port Olímpic party strip, this is nothing less than the city’s
best all-round nightlife venue. Music bands from around the world have
played at Razzmatazz, and recent concerts have included Antony and the
Johnsons, the Arctic Monkeys and Róisín Murphy. On Friday and Saturday
nights (1am–6am), the venue is divided into five clubs, each with its
own individual theme. The club regularly hosts international guest DJs,
including Jarvis Cocker, Shaun Rider and Peter Smith among others.