Party Earth Review In 1957, a neighborhood grocery store was transformed into one of El Born’s first bars – so it’s little wonder that the local citizens have a soft spot for Pitin Bar, a cozy hole-in-the-wall joint on the square. Historic as the place may be, the décor has definitely moved on from half a century ago and now features disco ... read full review of Pitin Bar
Bar / Mexican Restaurant
Party Earth Review Considering how well-known it is for a diverse immigrant population, it’s no surprise that El Raval is home to Rosa del Raval, one of the few Mexican joints in Barcelona. Of course, the neighborhood is better known for its nightlife, and Rosa throws its sombrero into the ring on that front, too – at least if the sidewalk ... more
Party Earth Review A trendy bar in the Barri Gòtic area, Margarita Blue is a social hub for the city’s creative professionals that consistently lives up to its reputation for weekday antics and an all-around good time. During the week around 10:30pm, the bar likes to liven things up with magicians, drag queens, and trapeze artists, as well ... more
Party Earth Review Waiters in white tuxedos, racing-green leather sofas, and a whiff of cigar smoke greet customers at the Dry Martini Bar, a traditional cocktail joint that has garnered an impressive reputation thanks to the quality of the drinks and of the food at the adjoining Speakeasy restaurant. Row upon row of martini, spirit, and ... more
Party Earth Review Dusty trophies and vintage football jerseys adorn the brick and stone walls of Black Horse, a popular English pub in El Born where a convivial crowd of British expats, rowdy Spaniards, and a smattering of dehydrated wanderers indulge in pints and friendly chatter. Known as one of the best British/Irish pubs in the city ... read full review of Black Horse Pub
Cocktail Bar / Fusion Restaurant
Party Earth Review Not to be confused with the rambunctious bar with the same name on Nou de la Rambla, this Guru bar is an altogether more refined, low-key venue. A smiling Buddha in the window greets customers as they arrive, while inside, the ornate sofas, piles of plush cushions, somber browns and deep red tones, and burning incense create ... more
Party Earth Review A corner location on Carrer de Ferran, which connects Las Ramblas with the bustling Plaça Sant Jaume, certainly benefits gay-friendly Schilling, making it a great place to people-watch with a coffee during the day and to chill with something a little harder at night. The name’s a holdover from the Austrian who opened the ... more
Party Earth Review Though La Champañeria’s location tucked away on a street surrounded by electronics stores seems a tad inauspicious, this authentic champagne and tapas bar still manages to pack in a crowd every day of the week – in large part thanks to the amazingly low prices and sensational food and drink. Once past Can Paixano’s wood ... more
One thing’s for sure about most bars and clubs in Barcelona: they get going late and go till the wee hours. Dance floors are usually packed by 3am and stay that way till dawn, while cerveserias (bars) reverberate with the noisy chatter of customers hustling for seats and service.
Las Ramblas is a great place to start off the nightlife, as throngs of dressed-up night owls pop in and out of the area’s lounges and bars and clubs on their way to the evening’s final destination. Popular venues include coctelerías (cocktail bars), whiskerias (whiskey bars), xampanyerias (sparkling wine bars), and many beer halls.
More relaxed and less touristy neighborhood pubs can be found along the outer districts of Barcelona, where the center’s frenetic pace gives way to a more tranquil way of life, while a vibrant gay scene has found a home in the neighborhood of L'Eixample.